Brent Simon is a regular contributor to Screen International, Magill's Cinema Annual and ShockYa, among many other outlets, and serves as film editor at H Magazine.
A three-term president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Simon has contributed to many online sites, including New York Magazine's Vulture, IGN, Rotten Tomatoes, FilmStew and
Reelz. He has worked with AFI Fest, served as a juror on COLCOA and many other film festivals (plus a nasty three-week criminal trial), and is currently working on a book project. SharedDarkness.com
is his online blog, and he thanks you for stopping by.
A meandering but still punkish documentary overview of the Vans Warped Tour, director Parris Patton's No Room For Rockstars, shot over the 2010 iteration of the event, offers up a slice-of-life look at the punk rock juggernaut, a rain-or-shine misfit circus that crisscrosses North America every summer as a rollicking outdoor minstrel show aimed at kids hungry for live music mainly outside of the glossy pop mainstream. If it's mostly an amorphous fan's document that doesn't locate much in the way of a dramatic throughline, the backstage and behind-the-scenes access will at least still prove engaging enough to its core demographic even if few others. For the full, original review, from ShockYa, click here. (Vans Off the Wall/Agi Orsi Productions, unrated, 97 minutes)