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Tony Bartolone
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.

Entries by Tony Bartolone

What We Found at 'The End of the Tour'

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:05 PM

You are standing in the middle of a Michigan winter staring into the inescapable beauty of sunlight illuminating a snow-covered earth. The whiteness is endless. You are slowly hypnotized by the perceived infinity of a blank, white world. You are lost in an ocean of nothingness. Staring into this unique...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 9:41 AM

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. This is an urgently important piece of cinema in a world bursting...

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The Overnight Exposes Uncomfortable Laughter

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:31 PM

The Overnight is a deceptively light exploration of marriage and its rough relationship with autonomy. Imagine if Gone Girl was a raunchy comedy or American Pie was an art-house indie. In other words, it's a subtle yet dense character-driven film framed as an R-rated romp.

For my...

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Love and Murder: The Inevitable Animal of Grief

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Sean E. Zilke's new play is at once an indictment of the animalistic horrors committed by the human race and, adversely, the unbreakable bonds of a loving family. M's Pamphlet, while often uneven and rough around the edges, is a thought-provoking story of a family given a sinister opportunity that...

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Sean E. Zilke: An Interview

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 5:31 PM

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. It is one the most daring, innovative and funny 50-seat shows in Los Angeles, and I can't to see the fully realized production...

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Brent Weinbach Appeals to the Mainstream at SF Sketchfest

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 12:06 AM

Brent Weinbach presents his one man show, Appealing to the Mainstream, as an examination of stand up comedy and his relationship to it. It is a fascinating deconstruction of what makes a human being laugh.

Nobody makes me laugh quite like Brent Weinbach, and I began to wonder why that...

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Appropriate Behavior: A Portrait of Love in the Modern World

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 9:18 AM

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. At its core, Appropriate Behavior is a simple portrait of love in the modern...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 4:52 PM

I love making lists. It simplifies life and allows the indulgence of a John Cusack/High Fidelity fantasy to play in my head. However, to sum up the year with the top 10 or 15 or even 20 movies in a tidy, little list that will be, for all intents and...

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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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