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

12Feb

#HeNamedMeMalala To Premiere on National Georgaphic

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Last year I wrote about Malala Yousafzai, an amazing young woman. Her story is so inspirational. Named for an Afghan folk heroine, the activist Pakistani teenager was shot in the face and left for dead by the Taliban in 2012 — but recovered and went on to speak out about the gross injustices in girls’ education in her country and around the world, winning the Nobel Peace Prize along the way. The Malala Fund, which she co-founded with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, is building schools in Jordan, Pakistan and Lebanon. I was so inspired by the film made Read More

23Jan

My Netflix Suggestions

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Whether you're snowed in this weekend or are looking for good viewing suggestions for yourselves (not for kids, have I mentioned that?), Netflix is awesome for just popping in to find something from your past or something you've never seen but should have. Before you peruse my list, bear in mind I'm a sucker for old movies,foreign films,  rom coms, independents and comedies/dramas. I also like to catch up on the films made by or with many of the beloved actors who are no longer with us. As I sit here snowed in today, I've brainstormed this down and dirty Read More