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Garret’s Movie Palace: Fall Movie Preview: Part II

Garret’s Movie Palace: Fall Movie Preview: Part II

In the last issue of Spare Changes News, I mentioned that I was going to do a two-part fall movie preview in order to review a myriad of movies I saw between the beginning of September to the present. Part 1 included reviews of the movies “Sully” and “Snowden,” the former being slightly better than

Michael Patrick MacDonald: Families of All Souls “Are all Dealing with Heroin”

(Photo: Bill Brett) When Michael Patrick MacDonald walks down ‘methadone mile’ he sees a familiar story among the addicts and panhandlers. “Most people down there come from places like I come from,” MacDonald said. Places of “poverty” and “trauma.” MacDonald grew up in the Old Colony housing projects during the height of the cocaine epidemic

Penn State Professor Hopes to Add Voices Through Homeless Narratives

Penn State Professor Joshua D. Phillips opened his latest book, “Homeless: Narratives from the Streets,” with a Mother Teresa quote, “Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.” Phillips’ book, which served as his graduate dissertation from Southern Illinois University, is taken from spending 2012

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: A Book Review

Crown Publishers, an Imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. “What might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present. Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened.”—T.S. Eliot

Prophets of Rage: “Elite Taskforce of Revolutionary Musicians” Take on Homelessness

By Ronald Dudley and Eric Falquero Courtesy of Street Sense / To say that Prophets of Rage is political doesn’t quite cover it. When reporters or pundits—from ABC to Bill Maher to Rolling Stone—call this combination of musicians from Cypress Hill, Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy a “supergroup,” guitarist Tom Morello is

Garret’s Movie Palace: Pete’s Dragon (2016)

After an exhausting summer buffet of set pieces, superheroes and whatever s-word you might use for “Suicide Squad,” the gentle “Pete’s Dragon” is a welcome palate cleanser. Where other summer movies are chest-thumping, it’s quiet; where others are brashly cynical, it’s sweetly sincere; where others are lacking in giant cuddly dragons, “Pete’s Dragon” has one.

The Power of Partying, Brought To You by Andrew W.K.

For Andrew W.K., life is a party. Not in the sense of partying to ditch responsibility or wreck your parent’s living room. No—partying, for the Ann Arbor, Michigan, native, is a lifestyle. “It’s sort of a crucial understanding that our survival depends on an essential appreciation and gratitude toward existence,” said W.K. “It’s pretty hard

Garret’s Movie Palace: Bad Moms

This summer has finally given us the ideal “mommy’s night out” movie, a hard-R farce aimed at a demographic that just wants to park the kids in a safe place, knock back some Chardonnay and enjoy some deep belly laughs about the pleasures and pitfalls of motherhood. People with kids are notorious for saying they

Garret’s Movie Palace: Suicide Squad

Superhero movies typically focus on the “good guys” fighting some irredeemable and malevolent force—the kind that’s easy to hate. Suicide Squad takes that narrative in a different direction. It’s still an exciting rollercoaster ride full of glitz and predictable set-piece moments, but this isn’t the sort of comic book movie you’re probably expecting. It’s better.