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Tony Bartolone is an actor, comedian and writer. He is a founding member of two theatre companies in Los Angeles. Bartolone wrote, produced and starred in the feature length play, I Am Chris. Tony has done stand up comedy at venues throughout LA, including The Comedy Store and The Ice House, and has also written for LA Theatre Review.

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Big Eyes Will Open Christmas Day

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 3:09 AM

Q: What is the job of an artist?
A: The job of an artist is to fight.

2014-12-23-BigEyes1.jpg JASON SCHWARTZMAN stars in BIG EYES © 2014 The Weinstein Company. All rights reserved.

Perhaps Big Eyes is not the best-crafted piece...

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AFI Fest Presents 'American Sniper': Clint Eastwood's Effort in Heroism

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 2:28 PM

According to experimental psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, the least violent and therefor most peaceful time in history is the time we're living in right now. There are parts of the world that might have a hard time with this theory. For example, the people inhabiting the current desert...

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AFI Fest Presents The Gambler: A Safe Bet

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:57 PM

The Gambler combines some of todays most acclaimed and sought after actors, the hottest director, the finest screenwriter and the most interesting film composer to make a flaccid, laughable, lackluster flick. Not to say that there are no inspired moments, rather those moments are found within the pages...

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Inherent Advice: An AFI Fest Essay

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:00 PM

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.

The movie moves like an acid-fueled...

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Tony Sam Is a Big, Fat Scaredy Cat

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 9:56 AM

It was a late weeknight, deadline long gone, review past due... I messaged Tony Sam through Facebook asking him if he had a second photo to be published with the piece. We started chatting about comedy and life and a striking realization set in at some point in...

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 6:18 AM

What is it that makes man reach for the stars? What makes mankind dream? Why do we engineer monstrous constructions that scrape the sky? Why do we ride rockets to the moon? What is the mysterious intangible that inspires? One theory is love or companionship or shared intimacy or sex...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 6:24 PM

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. Playfully commenting on concepts such as religion...

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Matt Knudsen's American

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 4:44 PM

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 incredibly shares some sacred, exultant gift that is the only true freedom found in the overwhelming reality that is our sad, stifled existence? The...

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Karen Kilgariff Live at the Bootleg

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:56 AM

Somebody might listen to the new AST release, Karen Kilgariff's Live at the Bootleg, and spend days, weeks, months, years wondering what exactly makes it so wonderful. More likely, one may listen to it, enjoy it and not think much about it at all. However, when writing a...

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The Year's End: an Essay for Your Consideration

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 9:30 AM

In lieu of writing out a list of movies most people will never see, I would instead like to give some attention to a movie that will not get enough. But before that, to truly understand why this film is worthy of recognition, you must understand the climate in which...

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AFI Fest Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Inside Llewyn Davis plays out like a prayer sung in the freezing dark of night to a bright, warm future morning to come. It is the story of a man left out in the cold with only his guitar and his songs. The Coens create a...

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AFI Fest Review: August: Osage County

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:27 PM

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. Art exists to start conversations, and critics...

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AFI Interview: Sheena McCann

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Sheena McCann is an AFI alumni and a young writer/director. Her short film, Hopscotch, was part of the AFI Fest Short Film Program last year and was featured at Cannes Film Festival as well. I got a chance to talk to Sheena about her film, and her experience...

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Lost Moon Radio's Androgymnasium

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:01 AM

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. There is an energy to comedy. Sometimes it feels dangerous or magical or luminescent. When done right,...

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Mike Lawrence's Sadamantium

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Mike Lawrence may be the most wonderful surprise in comedy this year (not really a surprise to those paying attention). He's been endorsed by Marc Maron and featured on multiple episodes of WTF. He did a recent set on Conan. And his first album,

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Walls Can Talk: A Room 237 Review

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 4:34 PM

A deconstruction of Kubrick's 1980 horror film The Shining, Room 237 makes maps of the mysterious maze of messages found within the walls of the iconic Overlook Hotel. While the documentary seems too complicated to casually describe, it is really quite simple. Director Rodney...

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The Oscars Improvaganza

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 1:05 PM

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. Each team was given a limited...

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The Bitter Buddha: Eddie Pepitone's Ascent

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 7:19 PM

What separates the greats from the rest? What makes somebody a genius? What is it that makes an artist's voice echo throughout the tunnels of time? Arthur Miller said it is "... a fierce moral sensibility, which is unquenchable... anger for how the world is." If that is what it...

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A Week at San Francisco Sketchfest: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:29 PM

The Set List: Comedy Without a Net with Jon Dore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Pete Holmes, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops and host Rick Overton at Cobb's Comedy Club

Set List is one of the most refreshing shows being performed today. It is completely urgent and pertinent that any comedy geek...

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A Week at San Francisco Sketchfest: Part I

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:43 AM

During my week in San Francisco, there were so many tantalizing events it was hard to decide what to see. The 12th Annual Sf Sketchfest was an ambitious undertaking, featuring 166 shows, lasting three and a half weeks and showcasing some of the best talent performing today. Here is my...

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