20Aug

This is Where I Leave You Book Club

TIWILY-BookClub

  This is a sponsored post. Are you like me and you love to read the book before the movie? In high school, I took a film adaptation class and we read books before we saw the film, analyzing The Great Gatsby to The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. We discussed what was left in and what was left in, discerning the screen writer's decisions and how literary elements are transported to the screen. Ever since then, I've always been interested in films that are adaptations and I look for faithful re-tellings of stories. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Read More

10Aug

Srugim’s Three Feminists

srugim

I've just spent three weeks completely glued to an Israeli show called Srugim.  To be honest, I've been completely obsessed and of course, now wish I had spread it out over a longer period of time. Srugim was broadcast in Israel between the years of 2008-2011. The plot revolved around a group of friends in Jerusalem -- Yafit, Amir, Nati, Reut and Hodaya-- all in their 20s, all single, all Orthodox Jews, all looking for meaning of life and love but with Jewish rituals in mind. Kind of Friends, kind of Sex and the City with a Jewish slant. I first Read More

04Aug

Netflix to the Summer Dulldrums Rescue

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With summer in its final few weeks and a hectic back-to-school season on the horizon, Netflix has been instrumental to keeping my kids not only entertained but educated this summer. Whenever we have downtime, which is often lately as both kids are home without camp or activities for the next four weeks (help!), we flip on Netflix, do an intensive search and find films that fits the edutainment bill. Here are five of the films we've watched to beat the summer dulldrums this summer: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) I like to introduce my kids to films Read More

24Jul

The Hundred-Foot Journey, a Tale of Food and Travel

one hundred foot journey

You can't deny the thrill of seeing a film, in this case The Hundred-Foot Journey, that so beautifully weaves together the things you love most in life. About a month ago, Chef did that so skillfully, weaving together food, social media, humor, travel and great story-telling. I left the theater craving Spanish food and was also hungry for more movies with relevance to the times we are living in. It also made me think more about the life of a chef, something I had never really thought about. I was looking for a another chance to do it again. And here Read More

30Jun

Taking My Tween to See The Fault in Our Stars

the fault in our stars

When I interviewed the author John Green, who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, I was a bit star-struck. Here I was schmoozing with the Judy Blume of our day, and one of the other interviewers on the call asked him how he felt about that title. He admitted that being called the modern Judy Blume made him feel uneasy but also very proud. Her books dealt the tough issues of puberty and adolescence of her day and so do his. He writes so eloquently about illness, death, falling in love, breaking up and the tough choices we have to make in life. It was just Read More

27Jun

6 Degrees of Separation: Women’s Prison Association/Orange is the New Black Twitter Party

WOMENS PRISON ASSOCIATION

I'm hosting a twitter party for one my clients, She Speaks, next week and it's a VERY special one for me. Why? Six degrees of separation. You see, three years ago, I produced my first Listen to Your Mother Show in NYC. Alysia Reiner was in the cast.  Alysia joined the cast of my favorite show, Orange is the New Black. Alysia invited me to an event to benefit he Women's Prison Association (WPA)  this past year and I met their team. I  produced LYTM again and we chose WPA as our chosen charity. As a member of the Netstream #StreamTeam, I have interviewed Read More

21Jun

What I Love About Orange is the New Black, Season 2

orange is the new black season 2

I confess. I binged the entire second season of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK in two days. Now I'm rewinding and going back to season one to take both seasons all in again. I can't really wait a year, so I'm introducing my husband to a show I have fallen in love with. I really wish I had savored every episode and spread it out during the course of a few weeks. As soon as it was over, I went into withdrawal mode. I missed the characters I had become so attached to over the course of two days and dreaded the fact that I'd have to wait a whole year to find out Read More

16Jun

Belle, the Movie: Important and Timeless

Belle Film

I'm not sure why it's taken me a few weeks to write about a film that struck me as a must see, so I'm writing this now. I hope that you don't let this film pass you by.  Not only is it a riveting story but it's historical about a subject and time we know little about. Directed by Amma Asante, Belle is a story about race, class and gender that is both important and timeless.  The story has hints of Jane Austen, capturing the tale of a woman struggling to define herself in a culture tied up in traditional cultural and societal norms. About Belle The Read More

30May

Review: Maleficent, a Feminist Film

Malifecent

I always worry about Disney movies, as much as I love them. The female characters always seem to need me. Or to be saved by men. Of they need to be kissed by men in order to live. That has been the story of several of their fairytales, including the very popular Sleeping Beauty. In that story, a handsome Prince breaks a spell cast on the Princess by Malifecent and not only are they reunited, she is saved and the palace awakens. Everyone lives happily ever after as a result of the Prince's actions, even though he is a minor character in the story. Oh, Read More

28May

Orange is the New Black Returns to Netflix (w/ Spoilers!)

orange is the new black marquis

Don't hate me. I know you love Orange is the New Black as much as I do. Not only am I about to tell you that I've seen the first episode of season two of the series, set to premiere on Netflix on June 6th, but I also got invited to the NYC premiere party at the Ziegfeld Theater! Okay, now you really hate me. What can I tell you about the evening? It was surreal - from watching the actors walk down the red carpet to viewing my favorite show in a room full of passionate OITNB watchers to attending the party where I saw my favorite characters standing in Read More