How Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became a king in Hollywood

The setting was Columbia, Missouri. The year was 2002. All I can remember is riding an old bike down a dark road next to the university. I had class the next day, but I didn’t care. There was a new movie in theaters called The Scorpion King, starring this guy named The Rock. You throw … More How Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became a king in Hollywood

The Frank O. Pinion Radio Dose: ‘Point Blank’ is worth your time, ‘Crawl’ is not

This week, I had a Netflix Original movie and a theatrical release to review, and the lazy people are in luck. The Adam G. Simon-scripted and Joe Lynch-directed “Point Blank,” currently streaming on Netflix, is the better choice over the unintentionally funny, “Crawl.” Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie, real life friends and Marvel veterans, star … More The Frank O. Pinion Radio Dose: ‘Point Blank’ is worth your time, ‘Crawl’ is not

The Frank O. Pinion Radio Dose: ‘Stuber’ is an engaging comedy thanks to Bautista and Nanjiani

With Frank and company back in the studio, I reviewed the new rideshare buddy comedy, “Stuber.” Starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, the film dove into the action-adventure-fueled day of an Uber driver who is forced to driver around a cop in pursuit of a drug dealer. The formula may have seemed old, but the … More The Frank O. Pinion Radio Dose: ‘Stuber’ is an engaging comedy thanks to Bautista and Nanjiani

Samuel L. Jackson interview: The veteran actor has presence to spare, is a leader on set

Samuel L. Jackson has presence to spare. Whoever first said, “his reputation precedes him,” must have been thinking about Jackson when they were carving that idea out in their head. He’s at the origin of that tale. The minute he walked into the lower level comfort lounge of Old Harlem’s Red Rooster, the room no … More Samuel L. Jackson interview: The veteran actor has presence to spare, is a leader on set

‘American Woman’ features an Oscar-worthy Sienna Miller

When you become a parent, part of you changes forever. Gone is the egotistical facade of someone who appreciates life to the highest degree, and in its place arrives a dedicated caregiver. American Woman details the visceral effect that a missing daughter can have on a parent over the course of time. Jake Scott’s film … More ‘American Woman’ features an Oscar-worthy Sienna Miller

‘Toy Story 4’ is a fitting and emotional ride with old friends

What if toys had a mind of their own? 24 years ago, Pixar dug into this concept with Toy Story, a film that opened up a world of possibilities for filmmakers and audiences to explore the realm of a kid’s imagination. What the film, and its two sequels, did for this guy was take him … More ‘Toy Story 4’ is a fitting and emotional ride with old friends