Category Archives: Movies

Picture perfect

What is your passion?

British photographer Jack Daly is asking people this question, and staging photographs on his website People with Passions to tell their stories.
lamp passion
Simon, lamps

book passion
Rob, books

archery passion
Jemma, archery

I love the simplicity of the images…and I like thinking about what passion I would want photographed if I had the opportunity.  Perhaps movies…or theatre.

What would be your passion?

Coming soon

I began the third class of my publishing certificate at NYU tonight.

The instructor, a literary agent at a boutique firm here in New York City, was describing some of the ways authors have promoted their books above-and-beyond their publisher’s efforts.

press playEric Devine gets my vote for most creative.

His young adult novel Press Play is being published in October.  It tells the story of a high school student who accidentally captures footage of the violent hazing practices of the lacrosse team while filming his documentary film project.

Devine had the idea to create a book trailer — like a movie trailer, but for his book — and display it at the local movie theatre in his home town of Waterford, New York

On an agreed-upon evening, Devine’s book trailer will air multiple times before the movies, inviting viewers to purchase Press Play at the mall bookstore where the cinema is located.

I think this is inspired.

A film features prominently in the book, and Devine is using the movies to promote it.  He’ll probably get local publicity for this unique angle, too.

I wish I could go watch!

 

No fault

I saw the movie The Fault in Our Stars today.

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I hadn’t read the book, so I could judge it on face value. No expectations. No preconceived notions. No condemnation for any meandering from the original plot.

But I’m pretty sure that, even if I’d been watching with a more critical eye, I still would have been bowled over by Augustus and Hazel Grace.

I am not a fan of cancer movies — when you have experienced the unhappy ending in real life , it’s hard to get on board for the journey on film — but I was transfixed by theses two kids’ humor and courage and life in the face of certain death.

The cast was exceptional all-around, and while I don’t know what parts were true to the original text and was what added later, to my eye it was seamless and sensitive.

Okay? 

Okay.

Show me

Today I took a two-hour guided tour of Paramount Studios.

It was awesome.

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The property is gorgeous and well-maintained…by only four people, I learned.  The studio has several television shows under production,  so the lot is filled with people and activity. And the tour guide offers a nice balance of history, trivia and fun banter.

Plus you get to ride in cool little golf carts.

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If you have ever thought a studio tour would be too touristy, think again.

I didn’t want this one to end.

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Someone had to

maleficent

Monster advantage

Earlier today I got a “GODZILLA ALERT” via text message from AMC Theatres, making sure I was aware that the legendary lizard arrives tomorrow.

godzilla 2014From what I’ve read, this rendition of the mythical monster is the largest ever.

(Apparently Godzilla has gotten more ginormous with each creature feature.)

But he still can’t use a mobile phone or tablet.  So I clearly have the advantage in this situation.  I can get the heck out of Dodge, or run to the theatre and watch him wreck havoc on the folks who didn’t get advance warning.

Gotta join AMC Stubs, people.

 

 

Sunday night special

I just ordered this t-shirt at LookHuman.com

patronus t-shirt

This website totally gets me.

May 4th

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 85th birthday of acting and philanthropic legend Audrey Hepburn.

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This is remarkable, since today is also Star Wars Day.

I can only imagine the bloody light-saber duels back at Google HQ over the focus of today’s Doodle.  And yet Audrey still came out on top.

Apparently she has friends in high places…

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One blonde, two blonde

the other womanI was ready for something light and uncomplicated at the movies this weekend, so Cameron Diaz’s new film “The Other Woman” seemed like a good fit.

A revenge fantasy, three women — the wife, the girlfriend who didn’t know he was married, and the gullible mistress — join forces to take their pound of flesh from the man who wronged them all.

Is it plausible? No. But the cast sells it, and I laughed more than I thought I would.

However, if you want to see a funnier Cameron Diaz movie that was also released this weekend OnDemand, check out Gambit.

gambit-posterThis comedy has pedigree:  The Coen Brothers as screenwriters.  A cast that includes Diaz (playing an over-the-top Texas rodeo gal), Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci.  And an art heist at its center with enough misdirections and surprises to keep you guessing until the final frame.

Plus, Alan Rickman is creatively nude.

(Perhaps I should have led with that tidbit.)

Do what you love

Casting directors and agents in New York City often advise wannabe actors to create their own projects.

That way, they can do the kind of work that they want to be doing.

fading gigoloJust ask John Turturro.

He wrote, directed and stars in Fading Gigolo, the story of a guy with money problems who, with the encouragement and salesmanship of a good friend — portrayed by Woody Allen — finds himself the hired lover of a group of lonely middle-aged women.

It’s a great cast:  Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Liev Schreiber, and in a star-making turn, Vanessa Paradis (better known as Johnny Depp’s long-time-but-not-so-much-anymore girlfriend).

The movie was very funny at times, and at other times, very serious and soulful.  The changes in pacing and tone were unexpected and unexplained.  I felt like I was watching two movies that didn’t quite gel, and there were jokes that flew over my goyish head that cracked up the rest of the art house crowd.

That being said, I enjoyed the individual performances and getting glimpses of my Upper West Side businesses and doorways in this very New York City film.