The Thinking Man's Idiot

The unruly brain and bad habits of a writer, artist, and grilled cheese sandwich-enthusiast.

Tag Archives: American history

So… I finally saw ‘Hamilton’ last week

Through sheer lottery luck, I finally saw that show everyone’s been talking about for 3 1/2 years. Verdict?

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 · 2 Comments

Not quite Detroit’s Finest: ‘Detroit ‘67’ Bay Area Premiere at Aurora Theatre

One of the most volatile events in US history is the backdrop for an ultimately toothless story at the Aurora.

Saturday, 8 September, 2018 · 2 Comments

From ‘Nam to Rom-Com: ‘Vietgone’ at the ACT

You wouldn’t think “rom-com” and “Vietnam War drama” would go together, but the ACT pulls it off well.

Friday, 9 March, 2018 · 1 Comment

Of ‘Rags’ and Richies: ‘Ragtime’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.

Friday, 23 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

I saw ‘Black Panther’ last night and My Life is Better for it (My Non-Spoiler Review)

Black Panther isn’t a hero “who happens to be Black,” rather Black identity is central and crucial to the story of his fantastic first MCU solo film.

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 · 1 Comment

Return of the White Savior Western: ‘Hostiles’

The casting of actual Native American actors can’t hide the film’s hypocritical racism and clichéd storytelling.

Thursday, 4 January, 2018 · 6 Comments

Unfit to be ‘A Slave’

It’s very telling that a British director and star would tell such a blatantly American story about the human spirit.

Saturday, 28 December, 2013 · 1 Comment

Honest (when necessary) Abe: My review of ‘Lincoln’

An unnecessary end coda is the only flaw in Speilberg’s tribute to the Great Emancipator.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013 · Leave a comment