Sam Adams

Contributor to Slate, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer. Friend to all.

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  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure


    Still as great as it was when I was 12, although it also makes me wonder if the 1980s might have been the ugliest period for studio releases in movie history.

  • Pee-wee's Big Holiday

    Pee-wee's Big Holiday


    "You know I don't want to go anywhere or try anything new," explains the  hero of "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," which has just been made available on Netflix and in a small handful of theaters. The movie, written by Reubens and Paul Rust, dictates that Paul Reubens' iconic, charcoal-suited manchild will leave his small-town home behind, encountering a wide swath of all-American oddballs en route from idyllic, anachronistic Fairville to the equally mythic New York City. But while "Big Holiday" preaches…

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