Darcy Staniforth

SXSW 2022 Review: The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon

If you were watching MTV in the late '80s, not only was Elvis everywhere thanks to Mojo Nixon, but so ...
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Marionette Land DVD Review: What Happens When a Dream Is Realized, Then Deferred?

​In his poem, "Harlem," Langston Hughes considers what happens to a dream deferred?​ But what happens when a dream is ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Mama Bears

When you grow up in the Christian faith, you are told that if you follow God, honor Jesus, and stay ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: A Lot of Nothing

A Lot of Nothing begins in the place where the pain and anger about continued injustice turns from a passive ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: I Love My Dad

There is the old saying that “the truth is stranger than fiction.” So, it might be hard to believe that ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: This Much I Know to Be True

Months ahead of its cinematic release in theaters, the SXSW audience had the opportunity to view the new music documentary ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Brené Brown: Atlas of the Heart

For many people, they were raised learning that we should be thinking more than feeling in our everyday lives and ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, the ...
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Salt in My Soul Movie Review: What It Means to Search for Hope and Answers

Most of us don't consider our own mortality as children. But children who live with chronic diseases are forced to ...
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TV Review: Diary of the Grizzly Man

Many people were first introduced to the work, life, and horrific death of Timothy Treadwell through the 2005 Werner Herzog ...
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To What Remains Movie Review: A Moving and Beautiful Story

My brother Robert is a combat veteran. He served as a tank gunner in the U.S. Army during the Gulf ...
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TV Review: VOIR: Season One

From executive producers David Fincher and David Prior comes VOIR. Season One of this new Netflix series is a collection ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain DVD Review: Not the Biopic That Some Might Think

I have had to sit for a while figuring out how to write about and review Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony ...
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Movie Review: Joy Ride (2021)

As a writer and a comedian, you never want to be hacky. And I certainly don't want to be hacky ...
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Mommie Dearest Limited Edition Blu-ray Review: A True Cult Classic

For people of a certain age, wire hangers conjure up images of Joan Crawford. I was around six years old ...
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Copshop Movie Review: A Fun, Exciting Watch

“Copshop” is a slang term for a police station and is the title of Joe Carnahan’s newest film. Set in ...
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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster Movie Review: A Warm Love Letter

For many movie fans, Boris Karloff lumbered onto their screens as Frankenstein’s monster or as the Mummy. And for others ...
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Book Review: Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It by Eve Golden

If you saw a headline about a blonde bombshell actress living in a “pink palace” with her muscular husband, pack ...
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Punk the Capital Blu-ray Review: Building a Sound Movement

If you are a punk or a fan of punk and hardcore, you know the importance of Washington DC in the ...
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Trances Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Audiovisual Journey

During a four-month period, filmmaker Ahmed El-Maanouni followed the politically and peace-minded avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane on their tour ...
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TV Review: The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

What happens when a man begins to investigate a case as a journalist, but then becomes so engrossed in the ...
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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Movie Review: And How Sesame Street Got to Us

November 1969 was the first time children across the country would hear the theme song to a new television show ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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The Yellow Wallpaper (2021) Movie Review: Beautiful but Lacks the Horror

In 1890, Charlotte Perkins Gilman penned her story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” This feminist tale documents a woman named Jane’s battle ...
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TV Review: The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

The summer of 1985 was filled with terror for Southern California residents. A serial killer, who would come to be ...
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Dear Santa (2020) Movie Review: A Lesson in Miracle

The United States Post Office has had quite a challenging year. Leadership changes, cutbacks, setbacks, and financial woes are just ...
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Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan Movie Review

Do you listen to the Pogues? If your answer is "no" or "I'm not sure", as the holidays are upon ...
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Where She Lies Movie Review: ‘It Was a Different Time’

There is a point in the new documentary, Where She Lies, where one of the interviewees uses the phrase, “It was ...
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The Mothman Legacy Movie Review: For an Audience New to the Legend

If you grew up in a town that has local legends, you no doubt grew up hearing the stories that ...
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Seat 20D Movie Review: Suse Lowenstein Shines a Light with Her Sculpture ‘Dark Elegy’

Do you remember where you were when you learned that your life had just changed forever? Perhaps it was when ...
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Mr. Soul! Movie Review: There Has Never Been Another Show Like It

There is the old adage that history repeats itself. And if we look to the streets and look to our ...
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Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Movie Review: Yes, Sir. I Do Like It

Do you know what rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, and over your neighbor's dog? Do you know who ...
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Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies Movie Review: A Flesh-filled Journey that Lacks a Critical Eye

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies is the new documentary that chronicles the storied history of nudity in American ...
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Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo Movie Review: A Complex and Compelling Story

As a culture, we love all kinds of stories. Stories of people coming from nothing to achieve great success. Stories ...
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Hot Docs 2020 Review: All That I Am

Imagine being six years old and the stepfather who is supposed to provide for you and protect you, repeatedly violates ...
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Ovid and the Art of Love Movie Review: Writer/Director Esmé von Hoffman Connects the Ancient Subject Matter with Modern Day

Ovid and the Art of Love sets the life of the Roman poet Ovid in modern-day Detroit. Through historical fiction, the ...
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Phenomenacon 2020 Review: The First Online Paranormal and Occult Convention

As spring moves towards summer, for many of us these seasons are usually full of conventions. Conventions that celebrate our ...
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Looking for Alaska DVD Review: Well Written and Well Acted

Looking for Alaska brings the critically acclaimed work of author John Green to the screen in this eight-episode Hulu Original limited ...
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Book Review: The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

Dark humor and dark subject matter seem to go hand in hand. Combine those things with the incredible illustrations of ...
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2020 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On January 29, ShortsTV will debut THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS at the IFC Center in New York City ...
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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles Movie Review: An Intriguing Documentary about a Decades-Long Mystery

I love documentaries! Or should I say I love good documentaries. However, the more I watch, I feel like the ...
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Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray Review: Hope in the Midst of a Holocaust

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the life of Sam Childers, a real-life missionary living in Southern Sudan carrying the ...
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Book Review: Music on Film: Purple Rain by John Kenneth Muir

Purple Rain was the first R-rated film I watched as a kid. It was also the first movie I ever ...
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American Teacher DVD Review: A Distant Look at the Profession

Before I got a chance to review it, I had heard about the documentary, American Teacher. I was excited by ...
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The Sons of Tennessee Williams DVD Review: Mardi Gras Offers Sanctuary Amidst the Celebration

The Sons of Tennessee Williams is a documentary about the gay Mardi Gras krewes out of Louisiana. This film not ...
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The Big Year DVD Review: Great Heart and a Sweet Story

When they cast Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson in a movie, I figured it would be full of ...
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Three Colors (Blue, White, Red) Criterion Collection DVD Review: Does Not Disappoint

I fell in love with the beautiful and moving Three Colors (Trios Couleurs) trilogy when it first came to video ...
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Identification of a Woman Criterion Collection DVD Review: Searching for a Way out of the Fog

Identification of A Woman is the story of Niccolo Farra (Tomas Milian) a middle-aged Italian filmmaker who is searching for ...
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Eames: The Architect and The Painter Movie Review: More Nostalgia Than Anything Else

I was very excited to watch a documentary about the late, great Charles and Ray Eames. As someone who gets ...
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The Tree of Life Combo Pack Review: A Film About Life and Just as Confusing

I had heard great things about, The Tree of Life from people. The trailer was beautiful and engaging. So when ...
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Skateland Movie Review: I Wanted to Like It

I had high hopes for this movie. I really did. What I imagined was a film about a group of ...
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Autoerotic Movie Review: Welcome to Mumbleporn

I have a rule about independent films that bill themselves as, “erotic.” It is almost a guarantee that those films ...
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The Hedgehog (2011) Movie Review: An Emotionally Moving Film

WARNING: THIS IS A FOREIGN FILM AND YOU DO HAVE TO READ AND WATCH AT THE SAME TIME! (Unless you ...
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