19Nov

A Visit to the Gilmore Girls Set: A Year in the Life Return

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Six months ago I got an invitation from Netflix to visit Stars Hollow.  Yes, THAT Stars Hollow. Needless to say, I was delighted as I headed to the Gilmore Girls set. The trip would be a whirl-wind trip to L.A., but I was a massive fan when the show aired 16 years ago and even more of one once I had kids. The snappy dialogue, the pop culture references, the relationships, the characters - created by the brilliant Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Dan - it all had me at "hello".  I loved following the dynamics between a mother-daughter duo and Read More

28Oct

A Fight for the Truth in “Denial”

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I'll never forget the day I first learned about the Holocaust. The reform synagogue on Atlanta's Peachtree Street where I went to Sunday School showed part of the documentary Shoah. I had never seen anything quite like the horror I experienced that day and my life was changed forever. It was clear that a devastating crime had been committed against the Jewish people, my people. Six million members of my family had been brutally taken for the world for no reason other than being Jewish. In the 1990s when I was in college down south, Professor Deborah Read More

17Oct

Movies I’ve Been Streaming

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Fall generally brings not only a new slate of movies, and I've been so impressed by the selection across the platforms. Here a few of my favorites: Over on Amazon and iTunes, they're offering Captain Fantastic, an indie I caught at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in the East Village this past summer. My husband and I literally walked in to the theater and just discovered the film and decided to see it, and it blew us both away. It's about a man who raises their parents in the woods and is forced to bring them back into society after his wife dies. His Read More

07Oct

Giveaway: Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts Original Mary Poppins at Iconic United Palace Theatre

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I've been wanting to go to the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights for a long, long time. I've literally had it marked in my diary several times, particularly when Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda used to host a Sunday film series of classic films, but I never made it. Fortune has it that before Miranda relocates to London to shoot "Mary Poppins Returns," he is hosting a screening of the original film that starred the legendary Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. He continues his longstanding support of movies at the United Palace in Washington Read More

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