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Jimmy Geurts, Times Staff Writer

Jimmy Geurts

Jimmy Geurts works in the Tampa Bay Times' Tampa bureau and has reported on news, features and art and entertainment. He joined the Times in 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in journalism. He has also written for Creative Loafing, the Tampa Tribune and the USF Oracle.

Phone: (813) 226-3402


Twitter: @JimmyGeurts

  1. Review: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople€™' finds small pleasures in vast New Zealand bush


    In what will be his last indie before tackling Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi starts thinking bigger — if only slightly bigger — in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

    Waititi is known for his work on Flight of the Conchords and films that share both its cast and dry sense of humor, such as vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. This new movie is much in the same vein, but does see him working with a bigger canvas and lead actor before his big Marvel blockbuster....

    Julian Dennison and Sam Neill star in Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
  2. What's coming to Amazon Prime in August?


    The bad news this month for Amazon Prime subscribers is there's not much in the way of television shows or Amazon originals, most notably two seasons of House of Lies representing the former and Elvis & Nixon representing the latter. But the good news is that there's several noteworthy additions to their movie collection, including two Coen Brothers films, The Matrix and its sequels, Palme D'Or winner The Piano and more. For a full list, read below:...

    Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis comes to Amazon Prime in August, as does their 2007 Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men.
  3. The Refinery's Greg Baker talks about Tampa's early punk scene, babysitting the Replacements and more


    Greg Baker may be the owner and chef of some of Tampa Bay's most successful restaurants, including the Refinery and Fodder & Shine.

    But he's also a giant music fan with deep links to both the local punk scene and the music scene out in Portland, Ore., where he studied at the Western Culinary Institute while working with bands like the Replacements.

    "I was a musician for a long time and only gave it up when I opened the Refinery," he said in a recent interview. "It's a creative outlet. For a young cook, you're working on somebody else's vision. You get a slight degree of creativity, but it's not a full outlet. You're not calling the shots … It's the same brain muscles used in creating music as it is in creating food. So it makes perfect sense to me that the two would intertwine so much."...

  4. Refinery owner Baker recalls Tampa and Portland punk scenes

    Human Interest

    Before he opened acclaimed Seminole Heights restaurants the Refinery and Fodder & Shine, Greg Baker was navigating the unruly '80s punk scene in Tampa and babysitting the legendarily raucous band the Replacements in Portland. • The chef was raised in the Tampa Bay area, where he first heard the Clash on 98 Rock and went to shows, including two notorious Black Flag and Butthole Surfers gigs that ended in violence. • When he moved to Portland to attend the Western Culinary Institute he also started working for a concert promoter, where he witnessed the growing grunge scene and an infamous 1987 Replacements show. • Baker talked with Tampa Bay Times staff writer Jimmy Geurts about his memories of the Tampa '80s hard-core scene, the connection between musicians and chefs, and that Replacements gig....

    Chef Greg Baker sees creative similarities between the businesses of food and music. He spent time in Tampa’s punk scene before becoming a chef. 
  5. Review: 'Independence Day: Resurgence' should have never resurged


    With Independence Day: Resurgence, Roland Emmerich can add his own filmography to his path of destruction.

    The disaster movie director has destroyed several U.S. institutions (the White House, Madison Square Garden, the legacy of Stonewall) and untold millions of lives in films like Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow. In a time when too many modern blockbusters end with entire cities being destroyed, Emmerich was a pioneer in making that his movies' first, third and second act....

    Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, left, and Bill Pullman as Thomas Whitmore in a scene from "Independence Day: Resurgence." (Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)
  6. Review: 'Free State of Jones' a history lesson lacking in direction


    Independence Day: Resurgence may be the big blockbuster this weekend, but its protagonists aren't the only ones on screen declaring independence.

    Also opening is Free State of Jones, a history lesson about a Confederate enlistee in the Civil War who deserted to form his own territory. It offers some alternative programming to ID:R's mindless summer fare. Yet even if it's more educational, that doesn't mean every decision the movie makes is wise....

    Mahershala Ali, left, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a scene from "The Free State of Jones." (Murray Close/STX Productions via AP)
  7. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in July?


    With its simultaneous addition of the Jurassic Park series and Best Picture winner Spotlight and removal of much of its Miramax library, Netflx appeared to start a "less titles, but bigger-name ones" strategy in June. And July's slate seems to confirm that, with the addition of the Back to the Future and Lethal Weapon series, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay winner The Big Short, the film that made the phrase "the Oscar-winning director of Step Brothers" a reality. There's also a plethora of Netflix originals being added, including new seasons of BoJack Horseman and Marco Polo and new series Stranger Things. Yet some high-profile names are also leaving the service this month, as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Right Stuff and the Star Trek films take off into space. For a full list, read below:...

    The third season of BoJack Horseman comes to Netflix in July.
  8. What's coming to Amazon Prime in July?


    Arguably the biggest news for Amazon Prime in July is the huge slew of movies being added on Jul. 1, including films by Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Roman Polanski. Bryan Fuller's acclaimed Hannibal series has its third and final season added to the streaming service. And before the release of Fuller's CBS Star Trek series and Star Trek Beyond, six Star Trek movies have been added as well. For a full list, read below: ...

    The third and final season of NBC's Hannibal comes to Amazon Prime in July.
  9. 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' v. 'O.J.: Made in America'


    Occasionally two movies with the same subject matter get released at the same time, whether that’s asteroid-headed-for-Earth action flicks Armageddon and Deep Impact or Truman Capote penning In Cold Blood biopics Capote and Infamous.

    It's rarer for two television series to be simultaneously released with the same subject, much less two excellent ones. Yet that’s the case with FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson and ESPN's O.J.: Made in America (which just finished its run this weekend, but all episodes can be watched here), which both follow the former football player turned murder trial defendant....

    O.J.: Made in America is airing as five episodes on ESPN and ABC.
  10. Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa might close by July


    Is one of Tampa’s top DIY venues shutting down?

    That’s the word going around at the Skatepark of Tampa, which could see its black-box concert space, Transitions Art Gallery, shut down by July.

    Skatepark owner Brian Schaefer said in an email that the company that owns the land leased by the Skatepark, “are working through some growing changes and challenges” with the space, which in recent years has also been called Epic Problem....

    The band 1997 performed at Transitions Art Gallery in 2009.
  11. Look for Oldsmar's Reko Rivera on 'American Ninja Warrior' and YouTube

    The Feed

    Those watching American Ninja Warrior this week will see one of Tampa Bay's own swinging, leaping and climbing an obstacle course in hopes of achieving glory.

    Reko Rivera of Oldsmar will be among those contending for a spot in the Atlanta qualifier, airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday on NBC. It marks his fifth season competing on the show, creating viral videos utilizing his Ninja Warrior skills in his free time....

    Reko Rivera of Oldsmar will compete in the Atlanta qualifier of American Ninja Warrior. He also went viral in a YouTube video of him doing the Ninja course in a dinosaur costume. Photo from NBC.
  12. Review: 'Love & Friendship' is full of biting wit, but not your typical Austen


    Consider the 2010s, and his partnership with Amazon Studios, the tale of how Whit Stillman got his groove back.

    The writer-director was the sharp wit behind the '90s indie films Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco. Then it took more than a decade until he made his next movie, with 2011's charming Damsels in Distress.

    Now, after a television pilot for Amazon that wasn't picked up, Stillman worked again with the streaming service on the Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship....

    Chloe Sevigny, left, and Kate Beckinsale in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship. The period piece is based on an obscure, posthumously published novella by Jane Austen. 
Amazon Studios-Roadside Attractions
  13. What's coming to and leaving Netflix in June?


    June is a big month for Netflix, with additions including the first three Jurassic Park films, Best Picture winner Spotlight and Sundance Film Festival acquisition The Fundamentals of Caring. And in addition to original series Orange is the New Black returning for another season, there will also be new seasons of shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Scandal being added. But it's also a big month for departures, including beloved films like Groundhog Day and Who Framed Roger RabbitFor a full list, read below:...

    The fourth season of Orange is the New Black comes to Netflix in June.
  14. What's coming to Amazon Prime in June?


    In June, Amazon Prime adds some notable movies to its selection, ranging from choice classics (Apocalypse Now, Carrie, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) to new biopics (Lance Armstrong and The Program, Brian Wilson and Love & Mercy, Dalton Trumbo and, uh, Trumbo.) In addition, the streaming service will be adding new seasons of critically acclaimed shows like The Good Wife, Mr. Robot and Downton Abbey. For a full list, read below:...

    Mr. Robot is among the new shows being added to Amazon Prime in June.
  15. Class Notes: Students compete in black trivia bowl



    Students compete in inaugural trivia bowl

    The Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators held its first Black History Brain Bowl Trivia Competition, where teams competed in the category of black history.

    Middleton High School's Khanh Nguyen, Joel Phanord, Aubrey Joseph and Juliette Prospere won first place, Leto High School's Chelsey Delgado, Maria Norwood, Daniela Quintana, Seth Will and Anayansi Vinelo Perez scored second, and Sligh Middle School's Savian Graham, Omari Greene, Jokobi Nelson and Brianna Nickerson came in third....