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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Jason

Parker

Stark raving average.


Action

Rod Lott
While it's admirable that Parker is dedicated to the memory of Donald E. Westlake, the legendary crime author who wrote two dozen novels about the character under the Richard Stark pen name, this Parker is not his Parker. It's Taylor Hackford's, and the director continues to apply his nondescript, workmanlike touch to average material (see Love Ranch, Ray, Proof of Life, etc.). He neither improves it nor harms it; he simply keeps it afloat.
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Burning

Third-degree terror.


Horror

Rod Lott
It speaks to the strength of The Burning’s reputation among cult-film fans that what’s most memorable about the 1981 slasher is not that it was written by the Weinstein brothers, nor that it represents early appearances of the likes of Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. It’s that its Cropsy is just a damned good villain.
 
Friday, May 24, 2013

Identity Thief

Steals a few more moments than expected.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Hate not Identity Thief, as so many have for its ridiculous, unbelievable, utterly preposterous plot. Accept that it's a big-budget screwball comedy and you may find yourself — gasp! — enjoying it.
 
Friday, May 31, 2013

Beau bridges

With his new album, Norman native Beau Mansfield ties his lifelong love of piano to composing songs with universal themes.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Beau Mansfield Trio
10 p.m. Saturday
The Bluebonnet Bar
321 E. Main, Norman
447-2480
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Southwest’s best

From paints to cardboard, four artists interpret the meaning of the American Southwest for a new exhibition.


Visual Arts

Molly Evans
Art of the American Southwest
through June 29
JRB Art at The Elms
2810 N. Walker
jrbartgallery.com
528-6336
free
 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Full steam ahead

Nearing two decades together, Oklahoma City rock trio Traindodge keeps chugging along, but toward a new destination: simplicity.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Traindodge with Self-Evident and Found Footage
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$7
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bullet to the Head

Action's once more on the Sly.


Action

Rod Lott
Lines of cocaine, tubes of neon, Sylvester Stallone: Is this 1986 or 2013? In his first solo vehicle since his Expendables comeback, Sly shoots for a Bullet to the Head, but the action film only breaks the skin, so to speak.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Crooks for life

Texas band Crooks brings its ‘bandito country’ sound to town, with a live show so different, it’s criminal.


Music

Louis Fowler
Crooks with Jason Boland & the Stragglers
9:30 p.m. Friday
Wormy Dog Saloon
311 E. Sheridan
wormydog.com
601-6276
$15
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

V/H/S/2

Rewind of the living dead.


Horror

Rod Lott

I get why last year's found-footage anthology, V/H/S, proved so divisive to horror audiences. I don't agree with it, but hey, it makes my job reviewing the sequel so much easier: If you liked V/H/S, just press play on V/H/S/2; if you didn't, don't even start.

 
Monday, September 23, 2013

Redemption

And we're not talking coupons.


Drama

Rod Lott
It just figures that as soon as Jason Statham was given the opportunity to act — really, truly act — the picture would be denied a wide theatrical release. Such is the case with the Expendable Transporter's new-to-Blu Redemption, deserving of the full audience his more mainstream work usually gets.
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
 
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