• Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Curse of the Gothic Symphony'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: ‘The Curse of the Gothic Symphony” Eccentric British composer Havergal Brian’s symphony, “The Gothic” is widely considered among the longest, largest and most technically difficult symphonies ever composed. Its colorful...

  • DVD review: 'William & Mary: The Complete Collection'

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    William is a sweet and melancholy undertaker, conscientiously carrying on the family business of ushering clients out of the world with dignity. Mary is a wise, pragmatic midwife, passionate in her mission of helping mothers bring their babies kicking and screaming into the world.

  • Movie review: 'Draft Day' another sports drama victory for Costner

    Gene Triplett | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Former high school jock Kevin Costner seems to fare very well with sports-themed movies, and he scores once again with “Draft Day.” To borrow a line from former Saturday Night Live comic Garrett Morris, baseball has been “berry berry good” to him, with three cinematic homers to his...

  • Kevin Costner says 'Draft Day' transcends sports

    Gene Triplett | Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    BY GENE TRIPLETT LOS ANGELES — Kevin Costner had to walk through the Four Seasons patio area where the breakfast buffet for the press was laid out before he could get to the Orchid Room where all the reporters were waiting for him.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Snake & Mongoose'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Snake & Mongoose” Octane junkies who enjoyed Ron Howard’s racing drama “Rush” should find similar mano a mano thrills in “Snake & Mongoose” (due out on DVD Tuesday), which charts an equivalent rivalry of hotshot...

  • What’s up next for the inventive, enigmatic filmmaker Wes Anderson?

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    NEW YORK – As one of the most eccentric, enigmatic and original filmmakers of his generation, Wes Anderson has compiled an eight-movie filmography in which each picture is more inventive and surprising than the one before. He’s one of those genuinely unique artists whose fans can’t wait...

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Little Rascals Save the Day'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “The Little Rascals Save the Day” In the 1920s, Hollywood producer Hal Roach introduced movie goers to a ragtag band of kids – dubbed “Our Gang” or “Little Rascals” – that featured such memorable tykes as Spanky,...

  • Movie review: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ guest list features ’30s Hollywood directors, Viennese author

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Check in to “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and you’ll find yourself mingling in the cavernous, rococo lobby with the ghosts of Billy Wilder, Ernest Lubitsch, Alfred Hitchcock and a host of other European émigré directors who came to define the wit, urbanity and heart of Hollywood pictures...

  • Wes Anderson’s wildly eclectic interests decorate the ornate ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    Dennis King | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – In the “olde curiosity shoppe” that is Wes Anderson’s imagination, scenes are chockablock with pop-culture knickknacks, obscure literary references, shades of classic Hollywood movies, miniature toyland tableaux and a rogue’s gallery of outlandishly stylized...

  • Ralph Fiennes lends dramatic gravity to comic role in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – Critics of Wes Anderson’s unique brand of fantastical, eccentric, clockwork filmmaking often suggest that his movies are airy, ornamental inventions lacking the gravity of truly profound storytelling. On first blush that may seem true. Each of his eight...

  • Blu-ray review: 'Matilda'

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Long before “Matilda: The Musical” became a Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, the story was a much-beloved children’s book by the great British eccentric Roald Dahl and a prickly, endearing 1996 movie adaptation by actor-director Danny DeVito. In the nearly 20 years since its release,...

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Beast of the Bering Sea'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Beast of the Bering Sea” Syfy Channel Originals have a certain dubious cache among fans of bad, cheapo horror movies (this is the outlet that gave us “Sharknado,” after all).

  • McQueen revealed through eyes of friends, colleagues in new biography

    Gene Triplett | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    BY GENE TRIPLETT Two of the most indelible images in all of moviedom are found in “The Great Escape” — Steve McQueen gunning a Triumph TT Special 650 motorcycle over the hillocks of rural Germany, and the actor in a quieter scene, seated on the floor of a POW isolation cell, bouncing a...

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Tom Holland's Twisted Tales'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales” Legendary horror director Tom Holland, creator of such latter-day horror mainstays as “Child’s Play” and “Fright Night,” tries his hand at short anthology pieces in “Tom Holland’s...

  • Anthony Mann bio looks at director’s moody contributions of film noir

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

               In the Technicolor old West of 1950s Hollywood, director Anthony Mann made a name for himself by pioneering a stark kind of sagebrush drama featuring deeply conflicted cowboys with loads of dark secrets in their saddlebags.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” With the breakout success of “The Lego Movie,” another rendering of the little plastic block toys and a sci-fi cultural icon is now getting a boost with the release of “Lego Star Wars:...

  • Vivien Leigh biography tracks a life of glamour, tragedy on stage and screen

    Dennis King | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    British actress Vivien Leigh, who died tragically in 1963 at age 53, made only 19 movies in her career, but her two most celebrated and memorable roles – for which she earned best acting Oscars – were playing iconic woman of the American South.

  • Movie review: '300: Rise of an Empire' keeps blood pumping

    Gene Triplett | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    Just when you thought there were no more Greek warriors left to decapitate, heads are rolling again in the visually stunning, ultra-bloody “300: Rise of an Empire.” While 2007′s “300″ followed Sparta’s King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 300 warriors to their last stand against...

  • Actors 'rise' to occasion for '300' sequel

    Gene Triplett | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    BY GENE TRIPLETT LOS ANGELES — When inhabiting comic book artist Frank Miller’s fantasized vision of ancient Greece, actors are required to exercise their imaginations as well as their bodies while adopting a broader acting style befitting the high operatic tone of the story.

  • DVD review: 'The Broker's Man: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

      Before taking over on his own popular Masterpiece Mystery TV series, “Inspector Lewis,” the everyman British actor Kevin Whately spent some13 years as Detective Sergeant Robbie Lewis, the reliable, long-suffering sidekick to John Thaw’s prickly, cerebral detective in the...


About the writers

Dennis King

Movie Critic (Contributor)
King spent 31 years as an ink-stained wretch working for newspapers in Seminole, Ada, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and for 16 years served as an adjunct instructor in journalism and English at Tulsa Community College. For 20 years, he was full-time film critic at the Tulsa World.

In 2006, he left Tulsa and along with his wife, Suzan (a retired English professor), moved to a cabin in Dingmans Ferry, PA. There, along the banks for the Delaware River, he chased after two rambunctious Labrador retrievers, fly fished the waters of the Poconos and did his best to become a full-time trout bum. Still scratching a writer’s itch, he freelanced articles for Explorer magazine and Gray’s Sporting Journal and wrote a stage play about classic movies and old movie theaters, titled “Spirits of the Coronado” (after his long-gone boyhood theater at 39th Street and MacArthur Boulevard).

In December, he and Suzan moved into an apartment in upper Manhattan, where they plan to eat bagels for breakfast and street-cart hot dogs for lunch, haunt the Angelika Theater and the Film Forum, go to plays and museums, ride the subways, complain about the subways and generally live like true New Yorkers.

Gene Triplett

Entertainment Editor

Gene Triplett is another Oklahoma newspaper dinosaur who's been cranking out copy for 34 years, first at the upstart, long defunct Oklahoma Journal, covering just about every news beat imaginable, then at The Oklahoman, where's he's bounced back and forth from features to the news side as assistant city editor, city editor and entertainment editor, managing to hold down the latter position for more than 10 years. He holds a B.A. degree in journalism -- also from the University of Central Oklahoma -- and, also like his colleague King, chases after two loony Labrador retrievers. He does not live by a trout-filled river, but he and his wife Carol do own a swimming pool, much to the delight of their dogs.

The Tripletts enjoy gourmet outdoor cooking year-round (rain, sleet or snow), entertaining friends, road trips to scenic wooded parks that rent rustic lakeside cabins, listening to music, watching classic movies and, in the summertime, swimming with their dogs.