Tim Jackson

Book Review: “Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon” — Overcome by Madness

February 20, 2024
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“Drums & Demons” is at times frustratingly unclear on dates, but its research is comprehensive about the brilliant career and disasterous end of drummer Jim Gordon.

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Film Review: “The Holdovers” — Learning Their Lessons

November 4, 2023
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Director Alexander Payne and star Paul Giamatti excel at this kind of character-driven comedy/drama.

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Film Review: “The Burial” — Courtroom Specacular

October 16, 2023
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Director Maggie Betts has much to keep in check – a courtroom drama and an exposé of corporate greed and racial politics in Mississippi.

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Film Reviews: The 2023 Woods Hole Film Festival — Some Eye-Opening Experiences

August 5, 2023
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With exception of one narrative chiller, and a look at singer Karen Carpenter, the best films I saw were documentaries on the lives and careers of significant African-Americans.

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Film Festival Review: More Reviews from Provincetown 2023

June 25, 2023
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Five reviews of the kind of films that the Provincetown Film Festival celebrates. Their stories speak to our shared humanity.

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Book Review: “Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs” — Surveying the Surveillance State

May 12, 2023
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Kerry Howley’s expose is a vibrant report on the chaotic and often disquieting world of surveillance and national security.

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Film Review: “The Worst Ones” — Dramatizing the Children of the Underclass

April 9, 2023
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The Worst Ones is a distinctive cinematic achievement – it is deeply moving film that offers a critique of itself.

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Film Review: “A Good Person” — Grappling with Trauma

March 24, 2023
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Florence Pugh tends to be cast as beautiful and indomitable characters faced with the very real possibility of  madness or defeat.

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Film Review: “White Noise” — Toxic Prophecy

December 18, 2022
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By drawing on the insight and humor in Don DeLillo’s novel, Noah Baumbach manages to find (at least for me) affirmation and comfort in this portrait of the randomness of contemporary existence.

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Arts Remembrance: Dino Danelli of the Young Rascals

December 16, 2022
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Thank you, Dino, for all you contributed to music and to the art of drumming.

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