Trey Graham http://krwg.org en Twins Or 'Enemy' — And What Could It All Mean? http://krwg.org/post/twins-or-enemy-and-what-could-it-all-mean Strange and stylish and surpassingly dark, Denis Villeneuve's <em>Enemy — </em>especially<em> </em>paired with the same director's recent cop thriller<em> Prisoners </em>— makes a strong case for star Jake Gyllenhaal as maybe our most enigmatic young leading man.<p>He was twitchily fascinating in <em>Prisoners</em>, playing a character who'd prove a hero but who still seemed to be hiding some darkness, some damage, right up until the credits rolled. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Trey Graham 61891 at http://krwg.org Twins Or 'Enemy' — And What Could It All Mean? 'Particle Fever': Thrills, Chills And High Subatomic Drama http://krwg.org/post/particle-fever-thrills-chills-and-high-subatomic-drama All you really need to know about <em>Particle Fever </em>is that it includes footage of physicists rapping. About physics. Wearing giant Einstein masks.<p>It's that blend of earnestness and abandon that informs Mark Levinson's utterly absorbing documentary, a chronicle of the launch of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/135761885/large-hadron-collider">Large Hadron Collider</a> and the search for the fabled Higgs boson, a subatomic particle long theorized but never located. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Trey Graham 61464 at http://krwg.org 'Particle Fever': Thrills, Chills And High Subatomic Drama 'Kids For Cash,' Or Perhaps Not — But A Broken System For Sure http://krwg.org/post/kids-cash-or-perhaps-not-broken-system-sure <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX585IqNRq4</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:11:00 +0000 Trey Graham 60981 at http://krwg.org 'Kids For Cash,' Or Perhaps Not — But A Broken System For Sure Clip Job: 'Five Dances,' One Sweetly Moving Romance http://krwg.org/post/clip-job-five-dances-one-sweetly-moving-romance <em>Five Dances</em> might be the least talky movie I've seen in months — but it's plenty expressive. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:49:00 +0000 Trey Graham 51167 at http://krwg.org Clip Job: 'Five Dances,' One Sweetly Moving Romance Don't Worry, Kids, These (Sex) Addicts Are All Right http://krwg.org/post/dont-worry-kids-these-sex-addicts-are-all-right Somewhere between Tim Robbins' angry assumption about his wife's pain pills and Pink's ecstatic-dance excursion with the guy from <em>Book of Mormon,</em> I realized that the dealing-with-addiction drama <em>Thanks for Sharing</em> really, really wanted to tell me everything it knows about life in recovery. As a critic, I've gotta acknowledge the problems that kind of crowding creates for a storyteller. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Trey Graham 50095 at http://krwg.org Don't Worry, Kids, These (Sex) Addicts Are All Right When A 'Total Eclipse' Leads To Some Serious Exposure http://krwg.org/post/when-total-eclipse-leads-some-serious-exposure <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3DlDPeurRw</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Trey Graham 47532 at http://krwg.org When A 'Total Eclipse' Leads To Some Serious Exposure Guy Pearce, We Are Pleased To Find You Looking Vaguely Disreputable In 'Jack Irish' http://krwg.org/post/guy-pearce-we-are-pleased-find-you-looking-vaguely-disreputable-jack-irish With Linda still out at the TCA gathering, TV is much on our minds. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 11:27:00 +0000 Trey Graham 46819 at http://krwg.org Guy Pearce, We Are Pleased To Find You Looking Vaguely Disreputable In 'Jack Irish' Coffee Break: The Get Your 'Mary Poppins' Groove On Edition http://krwg.org/post/coffee-break-get-your-mary-poppins-groove-edition <strong>*</strong> Having seen <strong>Cate Blanchett's electric Blanche DuBois</strong>, and had <a href="http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/theater/2009/11/05/critical-mass-why-the-cate-blanchett-streetcar-sucks-or-doesnt/">a public pretend-squabble</a> with our own Bob Mondello about it, I felt like I was all up in Charles McNulty's head when I read his take on <em>Blue Jasmine. </em>[<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-cate-blanchett-blue-jasmine-20130801,0,5211492.story">The Los Angeles Times</a>]<p><strong>*</strong> Long names. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:13:00 +0000 Trey Graham 46674 at http://krwg.org Coffee Break: The Get Your 'Mary Poppins' Groove On Edition Coffee Break: People Arguing And Counting And Singing And Getting Gassed Edition http://krwg.org/post/coffee-break-people-arguing-and-counting-and-singing-and-getting-gassed-edition * If you're anywhere near Winston-Salem, please note that Tonya Pinkins, whose chops are so considerable that I don't entirely know where to start with her amazingness, so just Google her, <strong>is in cabaret thereabouts</strong>, as part of the biennial National Black Theatre Festival. This is a thing that makes me want to go to North Carolina. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:34:00 +0000 Trey Graham 46599 at http://krwg.org Coffee Break: People Arguing And Counting And Singing And Getting Gassed Edition Coffee Break: Of Weddings And Looming Parental Mortality And German http://krwg.org/post/coffee-break-weddings-and-looming-parental-mortality-and-german No, it's not Morning Shots today. Some of us just <em>really</em> aren't morning people. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Trey Graham 45988 at http://krwg.org Coffee Break: Of Weddings And Looming Parental Mortality And German In Which We Consider 'Turbo,' But Do Not Quite Write A Review Of It http://krwg.org/post/which-we-consider-turbo-do-not-quite-write-review-it When I was passing out assignments for this week's movie reviews, I noticed that none of my critics had raised a hand to bid for <em>Turbo --</em> you know, the DreamWorks animated comedy about a sheltered suburban garden snail who dreams of racing in the Indy 500, and the scrappy squad of Van Nuys strip-mall snails who, with the help of an ethnically diverse array of down-on-their-luck shopkeepers, help him make that dream come true.<p>Wait, I think I've just figured out why I ended up with this assignment my own self.<p>So OK, this is not a film to be taken terribly seriously. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:39:00 +0000 Trey Graham 45801 at http://krwg.org In Which We Consider 'Turbo,' But Do Not Quite Write A Review Of It Morning Shots: In Which Kristin Wiig Gets Very Silly http://krwg.org/post/morning-shots-which-kristin-wiig-gets-very-silly <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XsqqrWehzY</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:13:00 +0000 Trey Graham 45514 at http://krwg.org Morning Shots: In Which Kristin Wiig Gets Very Silly 'Terms And Conditions' And Us — Oh, My ... http://krwg.org/post/terms-and-conditions-and-us-oh-my I'm 45, single, substantially in debt and way too susceptible to jokes about redheads. And I'm telling you these things upfront because ... why not? Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:25:00 +0000 Trey Graham 45208 at http://krwg.org 'Terms And Conditions' And Us — Oh, My ... Teens Find The Right Tools For Their Social-Media Jobs http://krwg.org/post/teens-find-right-tools-their-social-media-jobs Once upon a time, it was MySpace. (Huh. Turns out you <a href="https://myspace.com/">can still link to it</a>.) Then Facebook happened. And Twitter. And beyond those two dominant social-media platforms, there are a host of other, newer options for staying in touch and letting the digital universe get a look at your life. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Trey Graham 43551 at http://krwg.org Teens Find The Right Tools For Their Social-Media Jobs TIFF '12: On Spectacle, Scenery And Swoonery http://krwg.org/post/tiff-12-spectacle-scenery-and-swoonery With three TIFF screenings under my belt as of midmorning Friday, I've begun to realize that I've been picking my films based on a few highly personal likes: narrative intensity, rich visuals, inventive compositions and maybe a few other variables. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Trey Graham 25766 at http://krwg.org TIFF '12: On Spectacle, Scenery And Swoonery 'Into The Woods' All Over Again, This Time In An Actual Urban Jungle http://krwg.org/post/woods-all-over-again-time-actual-urban-jungle Oh, the questions that circulated when this summer's Shakespeare in the Park revival of <em>Into the Woods</em> was announced.<p>Who'd play the Baker, that woebegone would-be father at the center of Stephen Sondheim's fractured musical fairy tale?<p>Who'd step into the star role of the vengeful Witch, played notably by Bernadette Peters in the premiere and by Vanessa Williams in the 2002 revival?<p>How would the show work in a giant outdoor amphitheater, amid the trees and lawns and urban clatter of Central Park?<p>And most critically, asked the chat-room chatterers, as they poured libations t Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:59:00 +0000 Trey Graham 23959 at http://krwg.org 'Into The Woods' All Over Again, This Time In An Actual Urban Jungle Pop Culture Happy Hour: Of 'Dark Knight,' Summer Games And Such http://krwg.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-dark-knight-summer-games-and-such <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9rFtCRH_-Q</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:31:00 +0000 Trey Graham 23027 at http://krwg.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Of 'Dark Knight,' Summer Games And Such Pop Culture Happy Hour: Of True Tales, Fantasy Adventures And Happy-Making Things http://krwg.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-true-tales-fantasy-adventures-and-happy-making-things <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAs07ZhCMio</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpIYcyI7Uvo</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:06:00 +0000 Trey Graham 20767 at http://krwg.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Of True Tales, Fantasy Adventures And Happy-Making Things Theater Diary: The After-Action Report http://krwg.org/post/theater-diary-after-action-report The last few days of my post-Tonys theater week were so jam-packed that there was no time to write up what I was doing. Matinees, cabarets, stand-ups, burlesques, benefit readings; it was a mad dash of a weekend. So here goes, with the recap — and a few recommendations for things to try next time you get to New York:<p><strong>'Backstage,' Sundays at 54 Below.</strong> What used to be the VIP room at Studio 54 has been given a loving overhaul by a crack team of theater people — set designer John Lee Beatty and lighting wizard Ken Billington, both Tony winners, are among them. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:14:00 +0000 Trey Graham 20532 at http://krwg.org Theater Diary: The After-Action Report Theater Diary: When Reactions Speak Louder Than Words http://krwg.org/post/theater-diary-when-reactions-speak-louder-words There's plenty of high drama going on in <em><a href="http://www.porgyandbessonbroadway.com/">Porgy and Bess</a>,</em> and high drama can often mean intense acting.<p>God knows Audra McDonald is tearing up the stage as the drug- and drink- and sex-addled Bess: I've never seen her loosen up her joints and contort her body the way she does in two or three of the show's more scorching moments. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:18:00 +0000 Trey Graham 20318 at http://krwg.org Theater Diary: When Reactions Speak Louder Than Words Theater Diary: Ludacris Meets The Von Trapps, And A Bartender Proves Unreliable http://krwg.org/post/theater-diary-ludacris-meets-von-trapps-and-bartender-proves-unreliable On Monday night, a theater-critic buddy and I were hoisting a round at a 9th Avenue saloon called Flaming Saddles. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:14:00 +0000 Trey Graham 20155 at http://krwg.org Theater Diary: Ludacris Meets The Von Trapps, And A Bartender Proves Unreliable Theater Diary: In Which Our Heads Explode From Sheer Nerd Joy http://krwg.org/post/theater-diary-which-our-heads-explode-sheer-nerd-joy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9IqsC5hc_Q</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tStUnyvr8gQ</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:25:00 +0000 Trey Graham 20045 at http://krwg.org Theater Diary: In Which Our Heads Explode From Sheer Nerd Joy Tony Awards Recap: We Ponder The Highs And Lows Of A Show About Shows http://krwg.org/post/tony-awards-recap-we-ponder-highs-and-lows-show-about-shows The Tonys, like all awards shows, are about successful people dressing pretty to congratulate each other for being successful. Can't get past that.<p>But the Tonys, to me, always seem just a little less gross than the Oscars or the Grammys or the Xtreme Video Music Firewalking Awards or what have you.<p>Maybe that's because so few people watch them. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:35:00 +0000 Trey Graham 19967 at http://krwg.org Tony Awards Recap: We Ponder The Highs And Lows Of A Show About Shows Tony Awards Take Note Of A Little Musical That Emphatically Could http://krwg.org/post/tony-awards-take-note-little-musical-emphatically-could Here's the thing about the Tony Awards: Sometimes you know what's going to clean up when the nominations are announced. (Think last year, and <em>The Book of Mormon.</em>)<p>And sometimes it's hard to get excited about the shows that get tapped — remember when <em>Sunset Boulevard</em>'s only competition for Best Musical was the jukebox show <em>Smokey Joe's Cafe?</em><p>Not this year: There's a real race. Tue, 01 May 2012 15:46:00 +0000 Trey Graham 17304 at http://krwg.org Tony Awards Take Note Of A Little Musical That Emphatically Could