Movie Review: Valkyrie

I loathe reviewing Tom Cruise films. It’s so difficult critiquing them objectively when Cruise is such a competent actor and yet so incompetent at life. For so many years, Cruise managed to maintain focus in his celebrity life, to stay on message, to keep those embarrassing tabloid stories...

Downturn in the Music Industry

Welcome to my weekly column! I hope to provide insight as well as promote discussion. There is a lot of talk these days about how the record industry is losing money because of pirating and illegal file sharing. I am a songwriter who has spent thousands of dollars of my own money, to recoup...

Movie Review: Bolt!

Bolt is a story about a Dog (named Bolt!) who is the star of a hit TV show. In the TV show Bolt has super powers and saves the world time and time again, with his trusty sidekick (and owner) Penny. To keep the show ‘real’ the producers create elaborate ways to keep Bolt ignorant of the...

Album Review: ‘Chinese Democracy’ by Guns N’ Roses

Ok. I will admit. I expected to hate this record. When you hear that a musician spent $13 million dollars to record, fired every single member of several incarnations of the band, and the record takes 13 years to finish, the chances it will live up to the hype is slim to none. Welcome to...

Artist of The Week: The Innocent

This issues Artist of the Week is Michael Hardey, also known by his stage name, The Innocent. In the past month, Hardey’s MySpace page was brought to my attention by a friend as someone I should check out. I usually take this friends advice seriously, and I was not disappointed. If I...