Brent Simon is a regular contributor to Screen Daily, Playboy, Magill's Cinema Annual and ShockYa, among many other outlets.
A former three-term president and current member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Simon has contributed to a wide variety of publications, including Paste, Vulture,
IGN, Rotten Tomatoes, H Magazine, FilmStew and Reelz. He has worked with AFI Fest; served on juries at City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA), Method Fest and
many other film festivals; and also served in an advisory capacity on various film programming endeavors. 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)