Category Archives: pop culture

All Elmore, All the Time

I started seriously reading Elmore Leonard books this summer and proceeded to blow through- en of the 20+ novels he wrote since Glitz (1985), which my dad recommended to me because of my interest in all things Atlantic City. I’m … Continue reading

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Locust Moon Comix Fest is Tomorrow!

My favorite Philadelphia comic shop, Locust Moon (34 40th Street), is hosting a big indie comics festival tomorrow. Here are the deets, as laid out in my Jawnts mini-column for the Inquirer last Sunday: The main event will run from … Continue reading

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Speaking of movies, don’t watch this one (Trance edition)

Forgot to post this when it got published earlier this year. Danny Boyle’s Trance is unpleasant to watch and doesn’t make a lot of sense. Don’t waste your time.  

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Old Movies in Philly This Week: Renoir or Monty Python

I’ve got a new mini-column for the Inquirer on cool, relatively obscure arts and culture happenings in the Philly area. It runs every Sunday I’m enjoying it greatly. Please tweet me tips: @jblumgart This week Jean Renoir’s the Grand Illusion … Continue reading

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You should go see The World’s End…

…I did, twice. And really, really liked it (clearly), possibly even better than Shaun of the Dead and definitely more than Hot Fuzz. My review. And the trailer:

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Star Trek: Disappointing but not unwatchable

My review of Star Trek Into Darkness is up at City Paper. Click the link for the full (still very short) review, but in short it just isn’t that great (but still fun and worth seeing). Into Darkness relies too … Continue reading

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You should watch Justified, like right now

The oxford American just published my article on Justified, the FX T.V. show set in Harlan County, Kentucky. It’s based on an Elmore Leonard story, so the source material is legit. And the writers and actors have worked wonders. It’s … Continue reading

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Renoir < Spring Breakers

My review of Renoir, from the latest edition of the City Paper. I wouldn’t advise you see it in the theaters. Save your dollars for a second viewing of Spring Breakers. At its best, Renoir captures that wonderfully inviting feeling … Continue reading

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Save the Date: Not even Lizzy Caplan can save it

A few months ago I was assigned to review Save the Date for the Philadelphia City Paper. I got my review copy, watched it, wrote the tiny little article and…Save the Date never opened in Philadelphia. So no article. City … Continue reading

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a distinct bias toward the festive

A Wodehousian gem, found in The New Criterion review of the latest collection of his letters. “Although Mr. Gedge’s statement that the Vicomte de Blissac was never sober had been an exaggeration—for he was frequently sober, sometimes for hours at … Continue reading

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