All Things Entertaining and Cultural

Don Jon — a movie by Joseph Gordon Levitt

  Buff and groomed to the North Jersey max in snug-fitting wifebeaters and T-shirts, Jon is a player who has his life in order and his priorities straight. He’ll rattle … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Othello – Screened locally from The National Theatre of Great Britain

     “Tragedy” is one of the most misused words in the English language. Newscasters and others often say ‘tragedy’ when they mean ‘calamity’ or ‘catastrophe.’ A dire event, even one … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Prisoners — a movie by Denis Villeneuve

 In the new movie, Prisoners, director Denis Villeneuve can’t seem to make up his mind about whether to be obvious or ominous, so he wavers between the two, sometimes being … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Family — a movie by Luc Besson

    As I watched the opening scenes of Luc Besson’s wry and wicked movie, The Family, I was reminded  of a story Mike Franzese, a made man who supplied State’s … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Austenland — a movie by Jerusha Hess

Oh, to have a time machine and hear what Jane Austen, that instructive employer of wry comment and dripping sarcasm, would have to say about the current movie, Austenland, which … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Spectacular Now — a movie by James Ponsoldt

Though scripted, and acted with acute precision, James Ponsoldt’s knowing and sensitive film, The Spectacular Now, can trounce any alleged “reality” program and most documentaries at getting to the authentic … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Elysium — a movie by Neill Blomkamp

Elysium, a science fantasy/action picture by Neill Blomkamp, is nothing more and nothing less than you would expect it to be. The premise, that a group of people were selected … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lee Daniels’s The Butler — a movie by Lee Daniels

The Butler comprises two movies in one. Both movies are rooted in true stories, one about a man who serves on the White House serving staff from 1954 to 1987, the … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jobs — a movie by Joshua Michael Stern

 Jobs, Joshua Michael Stern’s biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs, is easily measured. Its depth requires but a thimble. Its texture is tantamount to tissue paper’s. Its intensity can be … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Blue Jasmine, a movie directed by Woody Allen

  Jasmine has been spoiled.   She is the elder and favored of the two girls adopted by her parents. She parlayed her obvious intelligence, taste, and good looks into … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

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