Michael Stipe can’t stop calling Being John Malkovich audacious

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 28, 1999 By Steve Newton NEW YORK—Michael Stipe is best-known as the singer for Athens, Georgia, guitar-rock greats R.E.M., the band he’s fronted since 1980. But he’s got another life as a film producer that only industry insiders and dedicated movie buffs are aware of. His mostly overlooked … Continue reading Michael Stipe can’t stop calling Being John Malkovich audacious

Horror review: Identity

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 1, 2003 You know how it feels when you’re driving on the highway at night and, just when it seems like it couldn’t rain any harder, a truck hauling a semitrailer whips by, momentarily blinding you with its spray? There’s that split second before the wipers do their … Continue reading Horror review: Identity

Horror review: The Raven

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 25, 2012 After the exhilarating horror high of The Cabin in the Woods, fans of scary movies should brace themselves for a major letdown with The Raven. It’s a woefully misdirected take on the Edgar Allan Poe legend that’s bound to have crazy old Eddie rolling in his grave. John Cusack is … Continue reading Horror review: The Raven

Horror review: 1408

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 20, 2007 Unforgettable haunted-house flicks are extremely hard to come by; the only two I can think of are 1963's The Haunting and The Shining. The subgenre of haunted-hotel-room flicks is promising in that the number of hotel patrons passing through maximizes the potential for untimely death and subsequent souls … Continue reading Horror review: 1408