Dan Riesser

Ataris see no end in sight

Unlike the snarling punk of bands like Rancid, pop punk is making waves among the mainstream music community, led by popular bands such a Blink 182. Small acts that once only received underground fame are now on the verge of breaking into popular radio and culture. Some of emerging pop-punk bands, including Good Charlotte, may […]

“Blue Room” shows that sex is not everything

Men and women are caught up in a twisted world of sex, lies and seduction in the Generic Theatre Company’s latest production, “The Blue Room.” One after another their stories unfold as they skip from one partner to the next, all expressing deep feelings of love along with physical actions fueled by lust. But the […]

A Clockwork Orange loses sight of central theme

The infamous Alex, from Anthony Burgess’s classic novel A Clockwork Orange, and his band of “droogs” are loose on the city streets once again for a night of “ultraviolence,” murder and rape. Only this time, in a production by the Studio Theatre, their violent actions fail to shock, inspire or truly convey Burgess’s commentary on […]

Clockwork Orange loses sight of theme

The infamous Alex, from Anthony Burgess’ classic novel A Clockwork Orange, and his band of “droogs” are loose on the city streets once again for a night of “ultraviolence,” murder and rape. Only this time, in a production by the Studio Theatre, their violent actions fail to shock, inspire or truly convey Burgess’ commentary on […]

New Found Glory chats with Hatchet about success

In music today bands are often hit with specific classifications, labeled by their sound and lumped together with the other bands in a specific genre. While some fall in the strict musical style of rock, rap and punk, in reality many come from diverse musical backgrounds that help them to relate with other types of […]

Huntingtons exeplify Punk Ethic

Bands often fade into obscurity after enjoying a brief period of support from mainstream culture. But some groups intentionally avoid breaking into the mainstream in order to avoid the snares of musical fads. Baltimore-based punk rock outfit The Huntingtons have such staying power. The Huntingtons started playing upbeat punk music in 1994, influenced by legendary […]

Independent filmmakers find a new medium

Hollywood and the film industry have seen a lot of changes in the past few years. Audiences and filmmakers alike have grown tired of the typical Hollywood blockbuster movies, which offer little ingenuity or style. With a movie industry still flooded with monotonous “summer blockbuster” films that offer no real substance, audiences and critics are […]

Traffic cuts to the chase

Drug use and drug trafficking have been major issues in American society and politics for years. In the new dramatic thriller Traffic, by director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight), the political and social aspects of the drug war in America are vividly and stylistically portrayed on screen. Traffic‘s story follows several characters whose lives are […]

Proof of Life has a lively pulse

Kidnappings, hostage-crisis negotiations, wild dashes through South American jungles with militant terrorists hot on your heels, falling in love with the wife of the man you are rescuing. It’s all in a day’s work for Kidnap & Ransom consultant Terry Thorne in Proof of Life (Warner Bros.), a taut international drama-adventure by director Taylor Hackford […]

Willis’ Unbreakable proves to be unbearable

Quality sophomore projects are rare in the movie industry. For M. Night Shymalan, creator of last year’s box office sensation The Sixth Sense, shaking free of beginner’s luck has proven difficult. The Sixth Sense captured audiences worldwide, becoming one of the most popular movies of recent history and quickly making Shymalan one of the most […]