Category Archives: Movies

Who ya gonna call?

ghostbustersPeople were horrified at first at the mere mention of a Ghostbusters reboot.

An all-female cast?  Blasphemy.

Then names like Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were tossed around.  And director Paul Feig tweeted a confirmation that the remake was indeed happening.

Now the tide appears to have turned, and everyone is stoked.  Actresses that aren’t even known for comedy are publicly ‘begging’ to be cast.

gillian andersonGillian Anderson, for example.

True, she’s got plenty of experience hunting otherworldly creatures on The X-Files…but comedy?

Not so much.

But when I think about some of the biggest moves I’ve made in my career, they didn’t start with your typical cover letter-resume-interview. I picked up the phone and asked for the job.  Who knows?  Might work the same in Hollywood.

So, go get ‘em, Gillian.

You could be exactly what this crazy redo needs.

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. — Jules Renard

 

 

O Canada!

Columbus Day is a weird holiday.

I mean — if I worked in an office, I’d love the day off as much as the next person.  But celebrating the life of a man who enslaved and tortured Native Americans is a bit distasteful.

So today I pay tribute instead to a different holiday  –

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING!

Thank you, Canada, for so many amazing celebs who entertain us all in television and film –

Canada Actors

 

I’m know there are also female Canadian actors to be thankful for, but hey — it’s my blog.

I know what I like.

 

Fun rerun

edge of tomorrow I didn’t see Edge of Tomorrow when it was in theaters.

I thought the ‘Groundhog Day meets Aliens’ premise sounded interesting — and goodness knows its reviews on RottenTomatoes.com were very fresh — but I just never saw it.

(Based on its box office numbers, several people had the same attack of inertia.)

But now it’s OnDemand, so I finally watched it today.  And it’s good.

The Groundhog Day conceit is handled with a lot of humor, and it doesn’t feel repetitious.  Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt also do a bit of role reversal in this film, with Emily occupying the skilled warrior role and Tom the clueless PR mouthpiece.

It’s nice that Tom can make fun of this action hero self.

Not that he isn’t a pretty fast learner…

Drop. Your. Sword.

I watched The Princess Bride for the umpteenth time again today.

(It came on TV suddenly; what else could I do?)

I was playing on Facebook and Twitter at the same , where I encountered a bunch of pumpkin stuff. This spurred a random thought –

Are there any Princess Bride pumpkin carvings out there?

princess bride pumpkinprincess bride2 pumpkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you wish!

Sticky sentiments

Back in late August,  I shared the happy news that my Upper West Side neighborhood is getting a local bookshop — indeed, the Shoppe Around the Corner that inspired You’ve Got Mail is returning to the hood.

Apparently the owners wanted to get a feel for the locals’ reaction to their announcement.  So they used an old-school method — post-it notes — to recreate comments aka Facebook on the storefront window:

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I’d say it’s pretty positive.

Because I’m happy

I LOVED Hector and the Search for Happiness.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you will.

hector_and_the_search_for_happiness_simon_pegg_posterThis movie will evoke a very specific, personal response from each and every theatergoer.

When Hector, a London psychologist, feels he is no longer helping his patients, he embarks on a trip around the world to research happiness.

His girlfriend supports his quest and even gives him a journal to record his findings.

A few of these findings really resonated with me, leaving me tearful in the theater and very thoughtful long after I left.  It even inspired a two-hour phone call.

Simon Pegg is well-known for his zombie comedies, but Hector is a big step, I believe, toward bigger and more exciting roles.  He hits it out of the park.

It is rare to not only enjoy a movie but also feel it has so much to say about your own life and experiences.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m still talking about this one for weeks to come.

 

Shopgirl

It’s been almost 20 years since Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks put Manhattan’s Upper West Side on the map in the rom-com classic You’ve Got Mail.

Visit my neighborhood today and all the movie’s sights are still here — the local restaurants where they rendezvoused, the farmer’s market, Riverside Park. Everything but her little Shop Around the Corner.

Well, that’s changing.

book-culture3Book Culture is opening their doors literally around the corner from my brownstone apartment and taking up the ‘small bookshop mantle’ that Meg’s character abandoned lo’ those many years ago.

Their window says it best:

youvegotmailNow, the modern version of the movie’s ‘big bad Fox Books’ exists today — Barnes & Noble is just a couple of blocks away.  So it will be interesting to see how this small store will compete on selection and pricing.

But I for one am excited to see life imitate art just feet from my doorsteps.

Wonder if the proprietor will be as photogenic?