The American Chronicles – Ep. 035 – Star Wars Talk with Leif and Steve


Leif Olson and Steve Kusner joined the show for a discussion on  Star Wars that touched briefly on the prequels (some useful and important bits, but largely negligible), the Expanded Universe (deleted by Disney, but containing much valuable information), the original trilogy (canon), and the most recently released films - Episode VII: The Force Awakens and … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 035 – Star Wars Talk with Leif and Steve

Review – Star Wars Rogue One


* WARNING: A VERY FEW MINOR SPOILERS, BUT NO MAJOR REVEALS * Bottom line: "Star Wars Rogue One" is the best Star Wars movie since "The Empire Strikes Back." When it was announced that "Rogue" would not begin with the traditional introductory Star Wars logo and explanatory crawl, it made many (including myself) wonder whether … Continue reading Review – Star Wars Rogue One

Review – Houston Ballet’s production of Stanton Welch’s ‘Nutcracker’ is beautiful tour de force


The stage of the Wortham Theater Center plays host to an amazing new production which steps into the giant footprints left by the vaunted Ben Stevenson production of 'The Nutcracker' that not only holds its own, but is sure to become a new favorite for years to come. Houston Ballet's production of Stanton Welch's 'Nutcracker' is … Continue reading Review – Houston Ballet’s production of Stanton Welch’s ‘Nutcracker’ is beautiful tour de force

Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge


"Hacksaw Ridge" is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing … Continue reading Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Review – Houston Grand Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust


The German legend of Faust has been re-imagined in myriad ways, but in the recent production at Houston Grand Opera, this devilish opera finds a beautifully realized interpretation. Quick backstory: Derived from Germanic legend, the story was popularized in England by Christopher Marlowe, who gave it a classic treatment in his play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. … Continue reading Review – Houston Grand Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Visit To Houston


Anthony Bourdain and his CNN show, Parts Unknown filmed an episode in Houston (with a brief trip out to Palacios, which aired Sunday (10/30) night. Part of the episode can be watched on CNN's site, here. He had lunch at Kaiser Lashkari’s Himalaya, took the field with the Houston Indian Cricket Club. watched, starstruck as Masala … Continue reading Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Visit To Houston

The American Chronicles – Jan. 25, 2016 – Film Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


  A discussion of the recently released film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The film portrays the events surrounding the attacks on the State Department diplomatic facility and CIA Annex compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, just prior to the presidential election in November. While the Obama regime, led by Barack Obama … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Jan. 25, 2016 – Film Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens – A Spoileriffic Review


*WARNING: IN READING THIS REVIEW, YOU WILL BE EXPOSED TO MAJOR SPOILERS - BASICALLY, THE ENTIRE MOVIE* If you have not yet seen the film, and do not wish it to be spoiled for you STOP READING NOW. Episode VII functions in many ways as a reset / relaunch and continuation of the original trilogy (Episodes … Continue reading Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens – A Spoileriffic Review