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Tony Bartolone

What We Found at 'The End of the Tour'

Tony Bartolone | Posted 07.31.2016 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

The End of the Tour is a careful exploration of one of the most intelligent, observant and complicated minds of the twentieth century. David Foster Wallace had an unmatched appreciation for the minute details of our ever-expanding modern world. And he was able to articulate them.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez Talks About His New Film The Stanford Prison Experiment

Tony Bartolone | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

The Stanford Prison Experiment is an endlessly interesting film about the actual study conducted by a Stanford University psych professor and his grad students in 1971. The experiment demonstrated the effect prison has on human behavior.

The Overnight Exposes Uncomfortable Laughter

Tony Bartolone | Posted 06.18.2016 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

For my money, the most terrifying movies are never horror movies because they are meant to be scary. You know the ones, all cheap thrills and forced suspense. Adversely, here is a comedy that can shake a person to their core.

Sean E. Zilke: An Interview

Tony Bartolone | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Urban Theatre Movement's latest production, M's Pamphlet, is a dark comedy that confronts difficult questions about humanity, death and family that are too seldom explored.

Appropriate Behavior: A Portrait of Love in the Modern World

Tony Bartolone | Posted 03.22.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Immature, self-obsessed and irreverent, Appropriate Behavior is a generation defining work. Writer/Director Desiree Akhavan subtly highlights unique problems of an American youth that finds itself torn between old and new cultures, ideologies and sexualities.

The Year of the Art Film: What We Learned on the Silver Screen in 2014

Tony Bartolone | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

The one thing that is clear, people are dissatisfied with the status quo and starving for invigorating art. The best movies of the year were about struggling to produce art in a world that doesn't put much value in it.

Big Eyes Will Open Christmas Day

Tony Bartolone | Posted 02.21.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Perhaps Big Eyes is not the best-crafted piece of art. It may seem disproportionate in features and at points, tawdry and even uneven. However, not only is this film important, it is urgent.

AFI Fest Presents The Gambler: A Safe Bet

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

There is something deeper at work here. It is not a just a fear of death. Nobody is just afraid of death. People are afraid of life. Not having enough life. This is where The Gambler really missed the mark.

Inherent Advice: An AFI Fest Essay

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Making a film is the art of retroactive hypnotism. And there is no greater cinema hypnotist than Paul Thomas Anderson. It's rare to see a movie simultaneously this interesting and this good; this incoherent and this profound; this frustrating and this enjoyable.

Tony Sam Is a Big, Fat Scaredy Cat

Tony Bartolone | Posted 12.28.2014 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

Refreshingly silly, Scaredy Cat stares into the ominous darkness of death and laughs in its stupid f***in' face.

Big Ideas: Greg Bergman Obsesses Over His Penis Size In The Documentary Big Like Me

Tony Bartolone | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

How do you measure a man? You measure his penis (while erect -- from the side, not the top). Big Like Me is the story of a man and his average-sized penis. Dabbling in parody, psychology and philosophy, this dissertation is alternately fascinating and disgusting.

We Are the Best! Lukas Moodysson's Love Song to Youth

Tony Bartolone | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

There has never been a movie that has so impeccably captured the feeling of being 13 years old. Frame by frame, Lukas Moodyson immerses his audience in the ocean of naïve rage that pulsates in the hearts of three pubescent punks.

Matt Knudsen's American

Tony Bartolone | Posted 07.28.2014 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

What is a comedian? Is it somebody who is able to bravely approach the deeply complicated questions that always haunt a society? A poet who incredib...

Karen Kilgariff Live at the Bootleg

Tony Bartolone | Posted 05.03.2014 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

Karen Kilgariff is punk as fuck. In an industry of rock stars and actors constantly and consistently hiding any flaws to create a pretense of professionalism and perfection, Kilgariff takes the stage naked, highlighting her imperfections. She is a symbol of what is right about art and music and entertainment.

The Year's End: an Essay for Your Consideration

Tony Bartolone | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

Some waning magic, some vanishing courage, some dumb beauty. This cinema sensation will not be recognized with awards. But be there no doubt about it, The World's End is the most important movie of the year.

AFI Fest Review: August: Osage County

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

When asked, "What would you want an audience to take away from this film?" Pulitzer prize winning writer, Tracy Letts, responded, "I don't know. I have no idea how to answer that question." That statement of ambiguity justifies the existence of film critics.

AFI Interview: Sheena McCann

Tony Bartolone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

"I'm not bold enough to put myself up there so nakedly. So I pass all my inner stirrings through to the characters and the situations they're in. I am none of those people. But I've handed off to them what I've been consumed by in my life."

Lost Moon Radio's Androgymnasium

Tony Bartolone | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

What is it about a comedy that draws an audience? It should be funny, that's a given. But perhaps there is something deeper. Something much more mystical that excites the attention of audiences.

Mike Lawrence's Sadamantium

Tony Bartolone | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

The compelling thing about this comic is the perfect storm of elements he uses to build a powerhouse of relatable material.

Walls Can Talk: A Room 237 Review

Tony Bartolone | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

It would be much too easy to dismiss this chatty little flick as a silly study in crackpot speculation. Rather, its well-crafted eloquence succeeds in raising poignant questions that are pertinent to understanding human behavior.

The Oscars Improvaganza

Tony Bartolone | Posted 04.29.2013 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

Every year Hollywood Boulevard is dressed in its best for cinema's biggest night of self-congratulations, but just down the street iO West presented their fantastic Oscars Improvaganza. A night of such exuberant extravagance is ripe for parody, and three improv teams delivered.

The Bitter Buddha: Eddie Pepitone's Ascent

Tony Bartolone | Posted 04.23.2013 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

There are comics like Jerry Seinfeld who are good at what they do. Then there are comics like Eddie Pepitone who are just freaks of nature.

The Little Modern Theatre: A Brief Oral History

Tony Bartolone | Posted 12.12.2012 | Comedy
Tony Bartolone

The Little Modern is a special place for comedians, improvisers and audiences. It is a magical, DIY paradise where anything is possible.

Everybody's Talking About Don't Tell My Mother

Tony Bartolone | Posted 08.07.2012 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Don't Tell My Mother is like a nice, beautiful leather-bound book that does exactly what is designed to do. In a world of glitches and unsupportive tech-support, it is nice to have such a thing.