Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Halloween is Coming and the Netflix Candy and Confections Division Can’t Wait

Posted by melissa kandel on October 26, 2016 in Film, food, Television | No Comments

I mean, good for Netflix. Not only is the world’s biggest Internet television network killing it on the stock market, the company is also killin’ it with its marketing, too. This morning, Netflix sent out a faux-press release about “Netflix Pausing,” a distinct yet irrepressible phenomena that spikes each year on the night of Halloween, wherein viewers take a […]

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Legends of the Hidden Temple: A Nickelodeon Classic Returns

Posted by melissa kandel on October 7, 2016 in Film, Television | No Comments

When I think about growing up as a 90s baby, three things immediately come to mind: pogs, butterfly clips (because pre-teen hair goals were best achieved by looking like a human garden gnome) and of course, Legends of the Hidden Temple, a Nickelodeon game show that aired in 1993 and ran through 1995, then lived […]

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Fifty Shades Darker Might Be OK

Posted by melissa kandel on September 15, 2016 in entertainment, Fiction, Film, Hollywood | No Comments

The thing I remember most about reading Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James’ follow-up to the insanely successful Fifty Shades of Grey, was how trite and strange the story had become, as if James took the best of what she recalled from random Bond movies and Law & Order episodes to craft the central conflicts for her […]

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Finding Dory? Find The Exit

Posted by melissa kandel on August 2, 2016 in Film | No Comments

This post was written by guest blogger, Lexi Tess, animated-movie enthusiast and discerning Disney•Pixar critic …  By Lexi Tess [WARNING: The article you are about to read contains spoilers for the movie, Finding Dory. Oh wait, if you’ve seen Finding Nemo, then Finding Dory has already been spoiled for you] Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory has soared like a little flying fish above the competition, […]

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The Girl On the Train Looks Like One Heck Of A Ride

Posted by melissa kandel on July 20, 2016 in Film, Hollywood | No Comments

To read Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is to take a lurid trip not only on a locomotive clacking its mundane way down the steel tracks of London but also to descend into the mind of a woman slipping earnestly toward madness. From a window seat on a commuter train to London, Rachel Watson, heartbroken […]

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Ghostbusters Premiere: The Lady In Red

Posted by melissa kandel on July 14, 2016 in fashion, Film, Hollywood, In the News | 2 Comments

It ended with a red dress and began with a single tweet. What happened in the middle is open for interpretation. Here’s mine … Let me start off by saying fashion is a funny animal; at once irreverent, delicate, brash, sensitive and stylishly aloof. There are, without question, inexplicable contradictions inherent in the fashion industry though […]

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These Romantic Comedies Create Unrealistic Expectations About Modern Love

Posted by melissa kandel on June 29, 2016 in Film | 4 Comments

Ah, summer love. Can’t you taste the half-melted strawberry and vanilla ice cream shared with a single spoon or feel the thrill of jumping from a tire swing, hands entwined, right into a sunshine-warmed lake? And don’t you just see the tall, raven-haired beauty now, a figure who is just a girl, standing in front of […]

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J.K. Rowling on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Posted by melissa kandel on June 25, 2016 in Fiction, Film | 1 Comment

Is there any limit to the bounds of J.K. Rowling’s imagination? As prolific as she is creative, Rowling conjures up her first big-studio foray into screenwriting with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in theaters Nov. 18), and if the movie’s latest teaser trailer is any indication, she’s already a script-crafting pro.

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Independence Day: Resurgence Invades Theaters Worldwide

Posted by melissa kandel on June 24, 2016 in Film | No Comments

“It’s the Fourth of July,” states Independence Day: Resurgence’s Dylan Hiller on uh, the Fourth of July. “Let’s show them some fireworks!” Riiiight. Independence Day: Resurgence (out now in theaters everywhere from 20th Century Fox) stars the young Hiller, grown-up son of now-deceased Col. Steven Hiller, once played with charismatic, characteristic panache by Will Smith circa 1996. […]

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Your Complete Guide to Ghostbusters Day

Posted by melissa kandel on June 7, 2016 in comedy, entertainment, Film | No Comments

[Image via] It’s well past midnight. You’re in bed, dreaming of Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain when you first hear it. A noise. An eek-eek-eek. Maybe you imagined it, a phantom sound that never was. But then it happens again. Eek-eek-eek. Eek-eek-eek. Could your tap-dancing upstairs neighbor be getting in a late-night practice? No, that doesn’t […]

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