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

03May

Up Close and Personal with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

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Netflix's half-hour show Grace and Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as friends who come together after their husbands leave them for each other. Their husbands played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston are ready to change their own lives, happy to come out to the world, but Grace and Frankie, two women in their 70's, both have a hard time letting go, after being married to the men for nearly 50 years. But the women get through it, and the first season of the show tells their story brilliantly. (If you haven't streamed it, now's the time!) Season Read More

10Apr

Grace and Frankie is Coming Back!

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An avid Netflix viewer, I discovered and fell in love with Grace and Frankie last year when it debuted. I've been eagerly awaiting its return, especially after its cliffhanger at the end of the season when two characters slept together who should not have, so I'm happy to report it's coming back May 6th. In typical Netflix savvy style, they debuted the trailer on Twitter, which you can watch above: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, with Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen as their husbands are coming back, as well as all their children. If you haven't Read More

21Mar

Falling in Love with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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When I got invited to screen My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in advance of its release, I was instantly keen. After all, how would the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time fare? Nia Vardalos, its writer, had waited 14 years to bring the film back to audiences. Why? What story would she tell? Would she bring original members of the cast? Would it verge on the ridiculous?  I'm happy to report that it wasn't tacky and that it was quite faithful to its origins. Vardalos brought back either all or most of the original cast, Read More

15Mar

Why I’m Excited about the Westchester Jewish Film Festival

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It's amazing that since I started this blog, I've written about the Westchester Jewish Film Festival nearly every year. It's an event that I look forward to every year. Over the years, I've been inspired by so many films featured in the festival and I honestly wish I could attend every single one. This year’s festival is no exception, featuring a broad range of films including an Israeli horror film, two Latin American Jewish films, music-themed movies, an Elaine May retrospective (with May herself joining IRL on May 31st), and more. It runs March Read More