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City chick

‘The big, bad city’ — Manhattan has been been hit with this label from time to time.

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But the more I watch shows like Pretty Little Liars, the more I’m convinced the suburbs are the real danger zone.

Those big backyards where murders are plotted and carried out, and bodies buried. Ginormous homes where secret assignations are simple because there is so much space.  And parks that serve as conveniently creepy venues for the local lunatic to hunt you down.

Times Square?  Piece of cake.

See this

Last night Julianne Moore won a SAG Award for her work in Still Alice.

still aliceI saw the movie on Sunday, so I know why.

Her portrayal of a 50-year old Columbia University professor with early on-set Alzheimer’s is amazing…because you can’t see what she’s doing.

She simply has Alzheimer’s.

And everyone around her in the movie looks like they’re acting.

In the movie scene represented by the still above, Julianne’s character is out running in her New York City neighborhood, and is suddenly lost.  She starts to hyperventilate, and everything becomes an unrecognizable blur. The audience is in there with her.

It’s really scary.

I won’t pretend this movie is easy to watch, but I think it’s important to see.

Disagree

I haven’t lived in Kansas City since 2000, but have family and many friends there, so I visit frequently. That’s why I can say, with much confidence, that Daniel Mueller, Digital Editor at Sun Times Network, is…

DEAD WRONG

He recently posted a list of the Top Ten Mexican Restaurants in Kansas City and did not include my personal favorite:

margaritas kansas city

When I return to Kansas City, a trip to Margarita’s is always at the top of my list. I love their chips and salsa, their nachos, their daily specials, and signature margaritas, too. Plus, the general vibe of the place is just casual and comfortable and feels like home.

Don’t get me wrong — there are some great Mexican restaurants on Daniel’s list. But if a friend or visitor to Kansas City asked me where to go, I’d still point them to the place on Southwest Boulevard…

…with the flood line on the wall.

 

Easy A-ward

Dear Academy voters:

Emma Stone Oscar Please give the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to our gal Emma Stone.

I know her category is filled with amazing actresses who delivered performances equally worthy of the award…

But I think Emma’s acceptance speech would be one for the books.

Just take a gander at the statement she released upon hearing she was nominated:

Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of Birdman and can’t believe it came to this. I am so f–king excited. Are you allowed to say f–k when you’re making a statement for the Oscars? I’m just really f–king excited.” (via E!).

BOOM (figuratively dropping the microphone)

A tip of the hat

I love Wes Anderson films.

I love the way they look — the elaborate little worlds he creates and populates with lovable, quirky characters and every type of minutiae imaginable.

On Golden Globes Sunday, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to such an amazing talent. Thank goodness Ana Romao has done just that on Vimeo.

Good luck tonight, Wes. I think The Grand Budapest Hotel is your best film to date.

Super Parents

parents of the yearFor your consideration…

May I submit a nomination for the
2015 Parents of the Year?

I know it’s early yet, but I believe this couple from Fayetteville, North Carolina is a serious contender…and I say this without my typical sarcasm or sass.

Why do I hold them in such high esteem?

When grainy, black-and-white video of an electronics store robbery was broadcast on their local TV station on New Year’s Eve, this man and woman recognized two of the burglars as their 14- and 16-year old sons…

And actually turned them in to police!

How many people today can say they would do the same?  Make their kids face up to their crime?  Take responsibility? Not sweep it under the rug and ‘promise to do better next time?’

These parents are nameless in the press — because their children are minors — but they are celebrities to me.

Rockin’ it old school…and one day their kids will appreciate what they did.

 

I see the light

I live across from a police precinct in Manhattan.

Could there be a safer location?

police precinct

I’ve always felt safe here. Police are on the street around the clock….and within reach at a moment’s notice.

But since the two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in incidents in both New York City and Ferguson, it feels somewhat less so. Granted, demonstrations in Manhattan have been organized and peaceful to date — and none have ventured down my side street — but you sense that police are in a heightened state of alert.

Case in point, the station across from my building has their flood lights on every night, so our street is always daylight-bright.  When my dog and I go out for a walk at 7pm or midnight — or 3am if necessary — it looks like the middle of the afternoon.

So in a sense, I guess it’s even safer now. And probably keeping the people on the front of the building awake at night.