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Movie Blog Post: SONG TO SONG

Friday, March 24, 2017

TINSEL & TINE SPOTLIGHTS:
SONG TO SONG


By Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

Our Opening Night Film, Song To Song, from celebrated director Terrence Malick will make its World Premiere Friday March 10, 2017, during the 24th edition of the SXSW Film Festival. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman star in this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, as two entangled couples chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. - SXSW Film Festival

I enjoy movies set inside the music scene like: Almost Famous, Crazy Heart, Walk the Line, Inside Llewyn Davis, La La Land, even The Runaways, with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart playing Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, it's pretty bad, but still has something to recommend it. These movies depict some aspect or time period of the music industry. Where as Terrence Malick's SONG to SONG professes to be about the music scene in Austin, Texas, but other than a scene or two with a beat down, rogue eyed Patti Smith and a bloated, straggly Val Kilmer on stage taking a chain saw to a speaker, you'd never really know the film had much to do with music at all.

Instead, the plot seems to revolve around Rooney Mara's flat stomach and the fact that both men and women like to caress and kiss it; with Ryan Gosling winning the honor of having the most covetous access to Mara's tummy. And a B story all about Rooney Mara's constantly changing hairstyles, and wigs.


I realize with these auteurs, you have to give them a little leeway to make their statement in an artistic fashion, so when I read this VOX review which praises Song to Song for it's Biblical themes, I tried to open my mind and see the brilliance...


But Biblical references aside, none of that explains a bare bones plot, pointless and trite voice-overs, constant PDA's and playful encounters, all with the underlining of a foreboding which never actually materializes.

Bottom Line: Just like Malick's movie which opened last March, Knight of Cups (click for T&T post) we've been given another long, glossy magazine shot, masquerading as a film, with an amazing cast, who are not provided with enough dialogue to keep you from taking several snoozes during the 130 min run time.

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 1 outta 5
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Movie Blog Post: THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

Friday, March 17, 2017

 TINSEL & TINE SPOTLIGHTS:
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes and stars Jim Broadbent as Tony Webster (Billy Howle when younger), an aged owner-operator of a tiny storefront business: a camera shop wedged in the center of a commercial building, dedicated exclusively to the sale and refurbishment of classic cameras, Leicas in particular, as this was the kind of camera given to him by his first girlfriend Veronica (Freya Mavor/Charlotte Rampling). He's divorced, but still sees quite a bit of his ex-wife Harriet (Margaret Webster) and although their relationship is not exactly warm, she seems to be the only person in which he confides. His daughter Susie (Michelle Dockery) is in her late 30's or early 40's and by choice, is having a baby on her own. There's a slight distance between Susie and her father, she considers him a curmudgeon, and yet I feel she takes after him, with a similarly grumpy attitude. The crux of the story starts with Tony receiving notice from a lawyer that he's been left something in a Will. A Will belonging to Veronica's mother (Emily Mortimer), thus making him re-examine his youthful love affair and hurtful actions, which had rippling consequences he now remembers with regret.


The Sense of an Ending Interview w/ Charlotte Rampling





Artistic director the Palm Springs Film Festival Michael Lerman (also Philadelphia FF Artistic Dir.) and director Ritesh Batra attend the Opening Night Screening World Premiere of "The Sense of An Ending" at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film on January 5, 2017


Bottom line: The film is best in the flashbacks scenes of their youth. I like young Tony and his schoolmates, the academic atmosphere, and wish there were more scenes with Emily Mortimer; the movie would have been much richer if mainly set in the past and then bring us to present day near the end to see where the fallout left the characters 50 years later.  If you want to see a better story about regrets of the past, I'd recommend Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years.

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 2.5 outta 5
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Florida Keys & Key West: PHILLY FOOD INFLUENCERS COOK-OFF

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tinsel & Tine Tackles
Poached Red Snapper & Key Lime Pie
in Cooking Competition with
other Philly Foodies and Influencers


By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Regular followers of Tinsel & Tine know other than Oscar Night, and a very few other posts here and there, that this is not a cooking blog. I highlight & promote foodie events, like the Alex's Lemonade Fundraiser at Yangmings; and Food products, like our recent #BreakfastNight promo for Krusteaz; Philly restaurants, even chains, like the roll out for Cheesecake Factory's new menu items; Foodie Films, like Almost Christmas; and new food industry sites, like our recent campaign for Renzell Restaurant Ratings; along with our upcoming post featuring a food in film book called "Movie Night Menus".

So when Kory Aversa of Aversa PR contacted me to say I'd been chosen to be one of the contestants for this Philadelphia Florida Keys & Key West, Food Influencers Cook-Off  taking place at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, my first thought was to turn it down. My second thought was to put either my sister, LeVonne Lindsay, a very good cook, or my friend Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle Chef) in my place, and I'd handle the promotion and social media.


But Kory said no, it had to be the actual "Philly Influencer" competing, and besides, Denine was also a contestant. That really made me not want to participate, as Denine is a chef and graduated from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.  But then, he said the magic words, not the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the Florida Keys, YES! I did want that. I haven't had a vacation in 8 years.  But the magic words were the @thefloridakeys tourism had been trolling everyone's social media for over a month and some bigger outlets were not considered because their social media was not as tight as mine @tinseltine - Then I'm in!

Here's a little video from the evening, featuring Chef Bobby Stoky, which gives you an idea of the scope and fun of the night. I'm in the background near the end of the video looking lost, as I couldn't find a grater to zest my lime.

Note: Video and all social media embeds will not be visible to those receiving T&T via RSS Feed.
 Click HERE to view video of Chef Bobby Stoky. Click HERE & HERE for Photo Essays
Click HERE for video of the winner Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay


So, speaking of social media, I outlined the competition, captions style,
in the following two Facebook Photo embeds:



I really appreciated my sister LeVonne @Leonas_Lovequest and my BFF Diane Roka @dianeroka attending to cheer me on!


Diane captured me first in action, in my chef's hat and the Florida Keys apron each contestant received. And then below, in ink, as Diane is an illustrator. We make a good tag team capturing and documenting events around town.  And on occasion, she'll cover an interview for me, like this example during the PEANUTS Anniversary.



Here's the @dianeroka illustration I mentioned this morning of me during The Philly Food Influencers Competition She knows I hate my profile, so glad she captured me from the back. #Repost @dianeroka with @repostapp ・・・ Here's a drawing I did through the kitchen observation window of @tinsel_tine making her key lime pie at the #flkeyscookoff last night at @walnuthillcollege . Le Anne always says that she can't cook, but everything she makes when she does cook and bake is delicious! She was already nervous, and having me and her sister @leonas_lovequest cracking up behind the glass at some of her "I Love Lucy" moments probably wasn't helping, but she still did a great job. #walnuthillcollege #cookoff #cookingcompetition #bakeoff #keylime @aversapr @koryaversa #floridakeys @thefloridakeys #bloginfluencer #dianeroka #drawnjawn #drawtography #drawtographer #spotcolor #micron
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You may be wondering, what in the heck has Florida tourism got to do with Philadelphia? Well, this #FLKeysCookoff was the kick-off to the currently running Florida Keys and Key West Campaign at Philly's 30th Street Station, where you'll find a colorful display enticing you to get away to the Keys!

The below video gives a little more detail and features the winner Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay, she has a beautiful website and is a major cooking blogger.

No one can say Fox 29's Alex Holley has a big head
I know the #FLKeysCookoff was all in fun, and for exposure for all involved, and I had a great experience; still, I think they needed two trip winners, one an actual chef with a food site, and one who is just a Philly Influencer, as there were contestants who were radio personalities, morning show hosts, fashion bloggers etc.. who really don't cook, or even watch "Throw Down with Bobby Flay", myself included, so we really didn't have a shot at winning.

Note: their were runner up winners with undetermined cooking backgrounds: Best fish dish - Chris Balbi and Steve McCann from Philly Gay Calendar and for Key Lime Pie - freelance writer Sarah Maiellano was allowed to cook with her husband Joe Maiellano.

My finished Poached Red Snapper Presented to the Judges

Although, I will say, as I did in the photo essay, I was proud of the way both my Keylime Pie and Island Style Coconut Milk Red Snapper came out, both aesthetically and deliciously, so I suppose that's all that really matters - except, I still wish I was packing a suitcase of island wear and heading to the Keys!



There's one fast shot of my fish dish poaching right before I cover it the way real chefs do, not with a lid, but another frying pan. It's at 0:58 - 0:59 don't miss it! LOL!

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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