Interviews

Interview with Comedian Sandy Bernstein

At age 50, she threw her hat in the ring of stand-up comedy and is quickly climbing the ladder of funny.  She recently achieved her dream of performing before a packed house on the main stage of the Washington D.C. IMPROV and she killed!

Interview with Comedian Eric Schwartz

You may have seen comedian Eric Schwartz in one of his many appearances on Showtime, “The Tonight Show,” BET or his HULU special “Surrender to the Blender.”  If you haven’t, get over to YouTube because you’re missing one funny man.

Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf Talks About The Bands New Album “Mind Fucker”

Dave Wyndorf is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock group Monster Magnet. The groups latest album (Their first in five years) titled “Mind Fucker” was released on March 23rd.

Film Interview: Director Susan Walter talks about her debut feature, “All I Wish”

After almost three decades working behind the scenes on other people’s films, Susan Walter has finally gotten to sit in the big chair.  As writer and director of the new film “All I Wish,” she called the shots and achieved a dream.

Actor Jimmy Bellinger Talks About His Role In The Film “Blockers”

Jimmy Bellinger is an actor who has appeared in a variety of commercials, films and, television series including “The Middle” and “Parks and Recreation”.

Interview with “Survivors Guide to Prison” filmmaker Matthew Cooke

Actor/filmmaker/activist Matthew Cooke has long taken in an interest in looking out for the little guy.  His last film, the tongue-in-cheek documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” was well reviewed and opened a lot of eyes to the drug problem facing this country.    His newest documentary, “Survivors Guide to Prison,” looks at the current state of the judicial system and how it failed two very different men.

B. Harrison Smith talks about working with horror legends in his new film “Death House”

Writer and director of the new horror film “Death House” with Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley…and more!

Horror legend Dee Wallace talks about the new film “Death House”

Known best for her roles on films like “The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Howling”, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Cujo”.

Cortney Palm talks about working with horror icons in “Death House”

Co-star in film “Sushi Girl”, “Silent Night” (2012), “Zombeavers” and “The Dark Tapes”

Guitarist Michael Landau Talks About His New Solo Album “Rock Bottom”

Michael Landau is world renowned session musician and producer who has worked with everyone from James Taylor and Michael Jackson to Pink Floyd and Miles Davis.

Reggie and the Full Effect Frontman James Dewees Talks About the Bands Latest Album “41”

Reggie and the Full Effect is the solo project of Get Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees. On February 23rd Reggie releases their first album in four years simply titled “41”.

Greta Van Fleet Guitarist Jake Kiszka Talks About the Bands New EP “From the Fires”

Greta Van Fleet burst onto the rock music scene in early 2017 with their debut EP titled “Black Smoke Rising”. By September the track “Highway Tune” was topping the Billboard charts. To capitalize on this momentum the band has released a second EP titled “From the Fires”.

The Haxans Matt Montgomery talks about the bands new album “Party Monsters”

Matt Montgomery aka Piggy D is probably best known for his work as the fanged four string player in Rob Zombie, a position he has helmed for over ten years.

Interview with “A Christmas Story” star Zack Ward

Ever since his debut as Scut Farkus in “A Christmas Story” over three decades ago, Zack Ward has steadily carved out a career both in front of and behind the camera.  But there is a lot more to Cleveland Street’s best known bully. Zack and co-star Scott Schwartz will be appearing in Omaha this Friday, …

NBC’s “Blindspot” Goes Global at NYCC

NBC’s hit action show returned this week and I spoke with the whole cast as well as the series creator at NYCC on what to expect from their international third season.

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Music

DVD Review: Anthrax “Kings Among Scotland”

Anthrax really delivered something special with this package and, even though I would have liked to hear a few more songs from some of the bands more recent releases the new material they did play combined with all the classics was really great.

Concert Review: Julien Baker and Tancred

From the moment she took the stage to the time she left Julien’s performance took listeners to another place.

CD Review: “This is Jerry Pearce”

His latest CD, entitled “This is Jerry Pearce,” is a beautiful trip down memory lane.  Accompanied by the Alan McPike Trio, Pearce puts his own signature on such classics as “Always,” “From Here to Eternity” and, one of my all time favorites, “Fly Me to the Moon.”  He also tackles lesser known songs, like “Watch What Happens” and “Girl Talk.”  In all, there are (10) selections on this disc, and all of them are trips down memory lane.  (No, I’m not THAT old, but this is the music my mother played when I was growing up).  

Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf Talks About The Bands New Album “Mind Fucker”

Dave Wyndorf is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock group Monster Magnet. The groups latest album (Their first in five years) titled “Mind Fucker” was released on March 23rd.

GWARTV Is Now On The Air!

Forget all that Russian hype. GWARTV has given the Americans a real reason to fear foreign propaganda on our airwaves.

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Talks About The Filming Of The Bands Upcoming DVD, “Kings Aming Scotland”.

Multi-Grammy nominated thrash icons Anthrax will see the band’s long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, “Kings Among Scotland,” released on April 27.

Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly Announce First-Ever U.S. Co-Headlining Tour

Dropkick Murphys. Flogging Molly. They share a working class ethos, they share an Irish heritage and Celtic folk influence, and now — for the first time — these two giants of American punk rock will be sharing the stage for a co-headlining U.S. tour.

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Film Reviews

Film Review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

“Infinity War” is an ambitious project, 10 years in the making, that shouldn’t be missed, but it also raises the stakes even higher for when the Avengers assemble again in 2019

Film Review: “I Feel Pretty”

The film is well cast, with Schumer striking all the right notes.  This is not the raunchy Amy Schumer you may be familiar with.  This version is a little tamer, but still fun loving.

Film Review: “Super Troopers 2”

While “Super Troopers 2” may scratch that itch fans have been feeling for over a decade and a half, that itch won’t go away because of how unfulfilling this film is

Film Review “Aardvark”

The whole cast was fantastic and I really dug the film for the first half and then it took a nice dive in the second act and closed out disappointing for me.

Film Review “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare”

“Truth of Dare” is bland, boring and not scary at all.

Film Review: “Rampage”

There’s fun to be had in “Rampage” as long as you understand that this is a bad movie

Film Review: “Chappaquiddick”

A solid film that keeps you guessing on the facts, “Chappaquiddick” is an unbiased attempt to tell the story everyone thinks they know.  The story is helped along by solid direction and a cast that embodies more than imitates the characters.

Film Review: “Blockers”

The fun part here are the parents, especially pro wrestler Cena, who is hilarious as he is large. Mann is also strong as the mother who is afraid to let her child leave and Barinholtz as a father trying to reconnect with a daughter he clearly underestimated.

Film Review: “Isle of Dogs”

The film’s sentimentality and warmth is thoroughly earned. On a basic level, “Isle of Dogs” is Wes Anderson’s straightforward love letter to man’s best friend

Film Review: “All I Wish”

The script, from first time director Susan Walter, is strong and her direction keeps the film moving with very little slow spots.  A fine freshman debut.

4DX Experience & Film Review “Ready Player One”

As we are watching the action unfold in “Ready Player One”, the score switches to cues from “Back to the Future” and you get chills up and down following by the audience screaming “Whoa!!!” That is a great feeling in a movie theater and that is how you know when you have a winner on your hands.

4DX Experience Review “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

The sequel doesn’t have the heart or the visuals to match the first film but ends up being a fun popcorn flick.

Film Review: “Midnight Sun”

It’s set-up like some predictable coming-of-age tale with a terrible “Boy in the Plastic Bubble” twist lurking on the horizon. Thankfully it doesn’t play out like that

Film Review: “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

I will admit right here that I never saw the original “Pacific Rim.”  I’ve been told it was pretty good.  I certainly hope so, because this new installment isn’t.

Film Review: “Love, Simon”

I’ve heard this film described as a “John Hughes” – type film.  Barely.  Though Hughes did spend a lot of his time writing about teenagers, their problems and how they dealt with them, his characters were a hell of a lot more believable. 

Film Review: Terrifier

“Terrifier” is an entertaining bit of gore, but ultimately it’s not rewatchable or memorable

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Giveaways

Kansas City fans, win tickets to see comedian Eric Schwartz

Eric Schwartz, one of the fastest rising comedians in the country, will be making an appearance on Tuesday, April 17th at the Record Bar in Kansas City and Media Mikes has arranged for one lucky reader and a guest to go to the show.

Win Advance Screening Passes in Florida for “Super Troopers 2”

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Win Free Tickets to Advance Orlando FL Screening of “Rampage”

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Art/Theatre

“OUC Speakers at Dr. Phillips Center” Returns With The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik

 — Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, March 2, 2018 — 

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream is Coming to Orlando May 11–13, 2018

Good seats are still available! Since you are fans of Media Mikes, we are happy to share a special discount: Save 20% off select seats with code…

Theatre Review “Waitress” @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Orlando, FL

From the opening scene of the “Waitress”, I knew I was hooked. 

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