15Sep

On Seeing “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and Meeting the Women Behind the Movie

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I read Bridget Jones's Diary during a pivotal period of my life: my 20's. I related to Bridget in so many ways. We were both single city girls who could hardly balance a check book yet alone keep a job. We both worked in media - she worked in publishing, I worked in television. We both had quirky friends and loved our city lives, hers in London, mine in NYC. We both kept diaries (I really did!) about our love lives. We both screwed things up and made rather clumsy mistakes with men. I wore platform shoes, she wore mile high heels and short skirts. At the Read More

02Sep

Guest Post: Review of Off-Broadway’s Stomp

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. When your kids take pots and pans out of the kitchen cabinets and you think, “No, not again. I had enough of this horrible banging noise.” The show Stomp will give them even more legitimacy to drive you crazy and tell you, “Why can’t we do it? You are killing our creativity!” Also throw into the mix: Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner Read More

01Sep

5 Reasons I Love Netflix’s Stranger Things

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When I found out about Stranger Things' return in 2017 for another season yesterday, I was thrilled. After all, I binged the show on my own in the span of a few days back in July right after its release, then talked my two tweens into binging it, which they in turn did in around 12 hours. I found the show incredibly addictive and I was definitely one of its early discoverers. The first season of the program is only eight episodes (they've promised nine in season two), so it's not a huge commitment, and it's a homage to so many of the films and music I Read More

08Aug

Where You’ll Find Me

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I haven't been writing as much as of late, not due to a shortage of things to talk about, but mainly because of a workload that has been taking me away from doing some of the things I love. Yep, when you work full time, it's hard to partake in the things you love. Last week a business trip took me to Los Angeles, and I went a few days early and enjoyed the beauty of Southern California. I went boogie boarding in Santa Monica, dining in SilverLake, exploring in Pasadena and hiking in the Palisades. It was heaven, and a bonus, I was on my own, without the Read More

20Jul

Absolutely Fabulous: Still Defying Odds, Breaking Rules, Causing Havoc

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  I was a fan of the British show Absolutely Fabulous when it was on TV in the 1990's. I looked forward to the short episodes about the zany escapades of a pair of women called Patsy and Edina (aka Eddy). The show explored their friendship and it tried to keep them tame, but it always had an edge and was fairly outrageous, and very, very funny. The two had a way of talking and bickering like only two good friends have, and I loved bringing them into my home every week. Last night I was invited to a screening of of the new movie and I wondered Read More

14Jul

My Netflix Summer Viewing

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Oh, how I adore my Netflix. And I'm not the only one. My 13 year old daughter is obsessed with Grey's Anatomy and must be suffering severe withdrawals while at sleep-away camp. I already know that when she returns, I won't see her for a week as she'll plant herself in her room with an iPad to binge away. Who does she take after? Okay, possibly me. Between all my streaming shows and what I watch on TV, I'm pretty busy, in addition to work and reading, of course. I can easily turn on Netflix and find a zillion old movies I want to re-watch, but here's a Read More

06Jun

From Book to Film: The Left Out Scenes in “Me Before You”

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Note: There are a few spoilers in this post - please read with caution if you haven't seen "Me Before You". When I saw "Me Before You,"  I wasn't crying as I suspect most audience members will be doing after they see it. After having read the book, there was just too much for me to think about. While I was quite taken with the outcome, and found the story of a couple in love with fatal obstacles uniquely told (though I am aware of the public outburst by the disabled community who don't care of its portrayal of a young man, paralyzed from the neck Read More

03Jun

Getting Excited About “Loving”

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We are approaching Loving Day this year on June 12th, which commemorates the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision between the Lovings vs Virginia, which struck down all US State Laws banning interracial marriage – mainly between non-whites and whites. This gives me more reason to get excited about "Loving," an upcoming film, based on the Lovings, which releases in November. It premiered earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival and I followed every minute of the seemingly worthy buzz about this daring, ground-breaking film. The movie takes Read More

24May

An Early Look Inside “Me Before You”

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When Jojo Moyes walked into the room during a press junke for "Me Before You" a few days ago, the first question didn't come out of my mouth; it came out of hers. She asked, "Did you cry?" The funny, or not so funny, thing was that I had just had this very conversation with others about the film and whether it had made me cry. My answer was yes, absolutely. I was as spell bound and smitten with the characters as when I read the book a few months ago, and my fondness for the leads grew even more intense after seeing the film. However, since I had Read More

11May

Grace and Frankie’s Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s IRL and Onscreen Chemistry

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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are Hollywood legends. They have had long, fulfilling careers that include 9 to 5, the film in which they starred together in the 1970s. Last year they reunited to star in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, which is having its second season premiere this Friday. The show, about two women who find out their husbands are not only law partners but also lovers, displays the actress’ immense talent, with acting that goes from dramatic to hilarious in the blink of any eye. Their friendship transcends from reality to the Read More