Jesse Stanchak

One ‘Baadassssss!’

Taken on its own, “Baadassssss!” (Sony Pictures Classics) has severely limited appeal. It’s not that the film is artsy or inaccessible or requires deep background information beforehand; actually, the opposite is true. The film’s long, muddled narrative, a blow-by-blow account of the making of “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassssss! Song,” lacks focus and loses its audience halfway […]

Living in a neighborhood down by the river

This is the final article in a series on the neighborhoods of D.C. outside of Northwest. The series will explore the history, residents and businesses of each quadrant. Southwest D.C., the city’s smallest quadrant, lies tucked away from the rest of the city between I-395, the Potomac and Anacostia rivers and South Capitol Street – […]

Will Bill Kill?

Usually, a second installment in a film series is mere catering to fans of the original hungry for more of the same. Those who didn’t like the first go-round should generally be cautioned to not bother with a second helping. That’s common sense, really, but this is Quentin Tarantino we’re talking about, so you can […]

The truth hurts. So does this play.

Cherry Red Productions has made something of a name for itself over the past nine years by being avant-garde and over-the-top. How appropriate, then, that the company’s new play, “Cinema Verite,” by Wendy MacLeod (“The House of Yes”), mocks the pop-art sensibilities of Andy Warhol and the culture that sprung up around him in the […]

Tapping The Rock

The Rock is actually much smaller in person. And friendlier than you’d expect after his days with World Wrestling Entertainment and his tough-guy roles in recent films such as “The Rundown” and his new release, “Walking Tall” (MGM), which hits theaters next Friday. The Hatchet sat down with The Rock to talk about his wrestling […]

Independents’ Day at local film festival

This past week The D.C. Independent Film Festival was conducted from March 4th through the 11th. The festival is a working reminder of how “independent film” is not a singular, well-defined genre such as the horror film or documentary. “Independent film” is technically just a shortened term for “film without a distribution deal to put […]

A bad flashback

In an awkward sort of way, the new “Starsky and Hutch” (Warner Bros.), starring Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller, all but defies description. It’s not really the ’70s television show brought back to life on the big screen, nor is it the same kind of through-the-looking-glass bizzaro comedy that fans of the duo may be […]

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: Homoerotic or Fun?

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are becoming the Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau of our generation. “Starsky and Hutch” marks their sixth film together since 1996’s “The Cable Guy,” which Stiller directed. “The Cable Guy” bombed, with box office receipts low enough to nearly bury Jim Carrey’s career, let alone that of a first-time director, […]

Point. Click. Relationship.

College is supposed to be one of the most social times in a person’s life. A GW undergrad is surrounded by more than 9,000 peers and has access to hundreds of student organizations that bring together people with almost any conceivable common interest. But sometimes that’s not enough, and for a growing number of college […]

Remember the SATs?

If you’re reading this, then you may be a little too old for “The Perfect Score.” Well, that depends – do movies filled with stereotypes, awkward love scenes and impassioned speeches about “finding yourself” still do it for you? If you’re mentally stuck in high school, then “The Perfect Score” is a serviceable, if trite, […]