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Mar 27, 2014

Laura Kennedy? Now there’s a name from the past! Almost – gulp! – 30 years ago, I had the crazy idea to start a lifestyle magazine for young people in the Tampa Bay area -- JUMP Monthly. It was a few years before Creative Loafing entered the market and I thought it was an unfulfilled niche in my...


Mar 24, 2014

It really is no wonder that Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man – “TM,” of course – caught on and has endured for decades. After all, he’s a caffeine-based superhero, the only kind of power a human being was likely to acquire before gene-splicing and robotics. That – and his head is a coffee cup. With a...


Mar 21, 2014

Put the name of a city in the title of your movie and that place is likely to have either a lot to live up to – or down to. In indie filmmaker Mark Raso’s Copenhagen, there are three stories fighting for prominence, none of which is actually a tale of the city in which the movie takes place. William (played by...


Mar 20, 2014

You may have to suspend a bit of disbelef to swallow one of the earliest conceits of The Ascendant – that mega-super-genius Garrett Reilly could ever get past his distaste and hatred for America’s armed forces after what they did to his brother. But once you get past that little quagmire, it’s smooth sailing in...


Mar 13, 2014

Who could not look at E.J. Assi and Nada Shouhayib without thinking: “Movie stars”? I thought it when I saw the poster for their indie film debut, Detroit Unleaded, and was thoroughly convinced the first time they interact onscreen in director Rola Nashef’s debut film. And when the movie ended, I immediately...