27Jul

When Netflix is a Girl’s Bestfriend

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I've been recovering from an accident for several months and have been home more than usual. At first, I wondered how I'd spend my time. Days came and went. Until I remembered that cozy spot in the basement where I could sit and watch TV. Not just regular TV, but Netflix. So equipped with a blanket, a heating pad, liquids and meds (believe me, I needed plenty in the early days of recovery), I sat down and started flipping through the classic and independent films. At first, I felt inundated by the amount of choice. I have over 100 saved in my queue from Read More

06Jul

Giveaway: Woman in Gold Blu-ray & $50 Visa Gift Card

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Update: This giveaway is closed. Available on July 7th, Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in Woman in Gold, the incredible story of a Jewish refugee who was forced to flee Vienna during World War II, and the paintings that were left behind. When I saw Woman in Gold early this year, I was spellbound. The film had a poignant intensity about a particular time in history and it's a story that demanded to be told. In the film, Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a Viennese-born resident of Los Angeles, who in 1998 battled the Austrian authorities for Read More

02Jul

Guest Post: Minions Review

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Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, and certainly since the beginning of my children's time. I couldn’t have hoped for three more lovable characters than Stuart, Kevin and Bob - the cute yellow heroes of the new movie out this week, Minions. Uh Oh! I took my children (ages 7 and 11) to see a preview of the movie last weekend. There has been a lot of build up to the prequel to Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013), and I was hopeful it would live up to our expectations. Needless to say, it Read More

31May

Review: HBO Doc’s Haunting THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS

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"I will better serve the world if I don't have it." These are the words expressed by actress/filmmaker Marianna Palka. She is referring to Huntington’s disease, an incurable hereditary degenerative brain disorder which she watched her father die a painful death from as a young mam In the acclaimed short documentary premiering tomorrow on HBO, THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS, Palka gathers her friends to find out if she has inherited Huntington’s disease. Several other family members got it, including her sister, so the potential for her is quite high. Read More

09Apr

“Coming Out” Soon: Grace and Frankie on Netflix

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The trailer for Grace and Frankie, a new Netflix original program debuting on May 8th, was released today. I watched it and can't wait to see the 13. I have a feeling this binge will be fast and furious and over in a flash. When I love a show (like Orange is the New Black, like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), I just can't stop. Not only do you have Jane Fonda, who plays Grace, and Lily Tomlin, who plays Frankie - I know, I could stop there and you'd be happy with these two acting goddesses- but now I find you have Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, who Read More

29Mar

The Dovekeepers on CBS: A Femisist, Biblical Tale

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I'm a sucker for Jewish stories that revolve around women, partcicularly going back to Biblical times. Anita Diamant's The Red Tent was such story story that took the route and appeared on Lifetime a few years ago. It wasn't the best adaptation but I give the network credit for even trying to tackle such a complicated, brave story (particularly as a former Lifetime staffer). CBS is bringing another feminist, Biblical tale to the screen as a 4-hour mini-series callled The Dovekeepers (based on a book by Alice Hoffman). It premieres on Tuesday, March 31 Read More

22Mar

Review: HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

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https://youtu.be/L5Hs_PabnW0 When Lena Dunham met Hilary Knight, famous for his Eloise drawings, she called it a very visceral, chill-inducing experience. She was meeting someone who's work had had a profound on her growing up. He, in turn, felt he had known her all his life. They bonded over their creative sparks and collection.  He tells her that Eloise, "this little thing in this little dress" is himself and she feels Eloise is in his DNA. In the upcoming HBO documentary, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, Dunham spends time with Knight Read More

17Mar

A Chat with the Cast of HOME and a Giveaway

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When I was invited to view the film HOME and attend a press junket with the creatives involved that included Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin & Director Tim Johnson, I was thrilled. Such talent - such creativity - such legends. First I had to see the film to see for myself. So, on a late Monday afternoon, I ventured into the city for a screening of the film. The film is about Oh, a misfit from another planet who lands on earth and finds himself on the run from his own people. He forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who Read More

10Mar

Giveaway: #LoveBlooms at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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If you saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I know you're as excited as I am to see the sequel. In addition to the fact that it's set in India (the part of the world that ranks highest on my bucketlist) and that it's a romance (my favorite kind of film), it stars a dreamy cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Richard Gere. Does the word "swoon" sum it up for you? Here's the plot: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, Read More

06Mar

Previewing and Loving Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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The week before last, I attended a private screening for Netflix's new show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC. I drove myself into the city on a cold winter night for this special event. I had already screened the first episode and was intrigued by the show's premise about a young girl who escapes after spending  15 years as part of a cult and heads to NYC. NBC initially passed on this new comedy, co-created by the fabulous Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and I can't figure out their rationale. The event was so very Netflix and Read More