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Author: Stanton Brasher

Waiting on the Scene

Welcoming the Inaugural Denton Comedy Festival and “Why I’m enjoying doing stand-up in little ol’ Denton, TX” by guest columnist: Carey Denise I bring my customers their dessert and place the black book on the table and the old man looks up at me in feigned surprise, waves his hand at me and says, “oh no. We didn’t order the check.” Good one gramps. Everyone wants to be a comedian. Not just in an eye-roll worthy, trying to impress the misses, sort of way. All over the country, thousands of people are aspiring to be actual working comedians and,...

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Puerto Ricans in Paris [MOVIE REVIEW]

Puerto Ricans in Paris Review Luis Guzman is one of my all time favorite character actors. You’ve probably seen him in a billion different movies. I remember my first experience with Luis was in the cinematic-masterpiece, The Hard Way (with Michael J. Fox, James Woods, and Stephen Lang). Films like Boogie Nights and The Salton Sea really solidified him as pure awesomeness. Finally, someone decided to give this dude his own vehicle with Puerto Ricans in Paris, and it fucking rocks! Guzman plays Luis, an NYPD cop, who must travel with his partner (Edgar Garcia) to Paris to uncover...

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Why This Berniecrat will be Voting for Gary Johnson in the General [STRATEGY GUIDE]

This Berner is Looking at Gary Johnson for the Long Game As I sit here in front of my computer at 1:22 a.m. Texas time, I try my hardest to feign surprise or shock over the results of the California primary. I hoped against hope that the guy who espoused my political beliefs would pull the upset of the century. Blame it on voter suppression, complacency, enthusiasm for a female leader, or genuine adoration for Hillary Clinton. I don’t know. That is what has me dumbfounded, but it is also beside the point. We are now left with two...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming Out Party [MOVIE REVIEW]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review When your the first movie in a series sucks major goat anus, the only way to go is up. However bad the 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was, its sequel is much better… but is that really saying a whole lot? If I seem a little butt hurt by Michael Bay shitting all over my childhood, well… I am. The original film, despite all of its little, forgivable problems, got one major thing all wrong. In fact, it got four major things all wrong: the turtles. They were treated like...

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SFN @ DIFF 2016 — Mr. Pig [MOVIE REVIEW]

Mr. Pig Review Mr. Pig is proof that a Sundance premiere can be meaningless and even brilliant stars like Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph can’t put lipstick on a bad film. Glover plays a retired, alcoholic pig farmer. He is dying from some unspecified sickness — cancer, heart disease or cirrhosis. Take your pick. He’s also losing his farm to the bank. In a last ditch effort to save his house and his dignity before he dies, he reaches out to the son of an old friend and business partner in Mexico. You see, Glover character has kept one pig...

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SFN @ DIFF 2016 — ‘Booger Red’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Booger Red Review Patrick “Booger Red” Kelly never had a lot going for him. He isn’t very educated, he isn’t too far above the poverty line, he has no means of defense against any attack that involves money. Like millions of folks, he is one misstep away from being in the system; or at least he was before he got shoved head first into said system. Booger Red is not a normal film and it is not a documentary. It is both and, simultaneously, neither. Onur Tukel plays himself. He is a journalist investigating the case of the sex...

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‘Everybody Wants Some’ Left us wanting more [MOVIE REVIEW]

Everybody Wants Some Review In the early 90s, Richard Linklater took us in a time machine back to his high school days where he played baseball, got hazed, met an older girl, and partied hard in Dazed and Confused. Now, more than 20 years later, he has crafted a tasty follow-up with Everybody Wants Some. I have not seen Dream is Destiny (a documentary about Linklater that premiered at SXSW 2016), but I am starting to surmise that he is Mitch Kramer. The tall, thin baseball pitching high school freshman from Dazed. I think Linklater is also the tall,...

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Bernie Sanders: “Trump Deserves Haymakers”

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Weigh in on Trump’s Boxing Challenge Last night at a rally in New York, Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, made a shocking proposition to Hillary Clinton. “We can do this debate stuff all day. I’m really good at it,” Trump said to an enthusiastic audience. “But let’s be honest. I’d like to punch Hillary in the face. If Hillary Clinton is man enough to rule… If she is man enough to run this country, let’s settle this thing in New York. Let’s settle it in the ring.” According to Trump’s campaign, the crowd that attended...

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