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A Diet of Pig Brains Keeps One Civilized: PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES

Saturday, February 6, 2016

 Tinsel & Tine's Glimpse into


 By Editor Le Anne Lindsay

I used to stay up all night playing 'Resident Evil 2,' and it wouldn't stop until the sun came up. Then I'd walk outside at dawn's first light, looking at the empty streets of London, and it was like life imitating art. It felt like I'd stepped into an actual zombie apocalypse -Edgar Wright

The screenings for Hail, Caesar! and Pride+Prejudice+Zombies was on the same night.  I choose PPZ because I'm always fascinated by this ever present theme in our collective unconscious that one day we will no longer be worried about race, creed, politics or gender, instead the only separation will be Alive vs Undead! That, and I'm also a sucker for all the pomp, circumstance and genteel romance of a Jane Austen novel.

Click to purchase novel on Amazon for $9.11, of which T&T will only make 11cents, but...

I understand that Natalie Portman started the ball rolling on bringing "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" to the big screen. That she loved Seth Grahame-Smith's book of the same name which parodies the 1813 British novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. I'm not a huge fan of Portman, except for her performance in Black Swan, but still I think this would have been a good vehicle for her. Although, newcomer, Lily James (Cinderella) made a perfect Zombie Slaying Elizabeth Bennet.

T&T agrees: The film keeps momentum, little scares, and crazy visuals running right along, and most appealingly, all the characters intertwine with a sort of school yard gossip regalia, and Austen’s soap opera theatrics have managed to stay alive in this odd form. Miss Bennet has always been iconic, and curiously enough this iteration makes for a hellish heroine rather than a prime one. It’s a testament to Lily James’ commitment to the character and leadership throughout the film that she guides through bloody waters and acts as someone the viewer comes to trust and admire. READ MORE Blake Gobal COS.net

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"We have all of the Pride and Prejudice beats in this movie, it's just set in this alternate world where the zombie apocalypse is taking place, as opposed to the Napoleonic Wars. The themes of wealth and marriage translate well, and the zombies were a good replacement for the lower class"... - Cross Creek Pictures producer, Brian Oliver

"You have this fiercely independent heroine, you have this dashing heroic gentleman, you have a militia camped out for seemingly no reason whatsoever nearby, and people are always walking here and there taking carriage rides here and there. It was just ripe for gore and senseless violence. From my perspective anyway." - Author Seth Grahame-Smith reasoning's for mashing up Pride & Prejudice with zombies. - Production Notes
T&T disagrees: What differentiates “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” from its literary source material is its big action sequences, but they’re staged, lit, shot and edited in such muddled fashion, it’s often difficult to tell what’s going on. There’s no visual context to the assaults and no way to determine their source or size, which depletes these scenes of their tension, making it impossible to become engaged. Christie Lemire Roger Ebert.com 

I had no problem with the lighting and was quite impressed with the choreography of every zombie battle scene.

Bottom Line: Is Pride & Prejudice & Zombies a Masterpiece? No. But director Burr Steers who also adapted the screenplay, does a fine job retaining the feel of "Pride & Prejudice" while keeping us off guard as to the next zombie attack.   The sound effects are fantastic, I jumped and winced at every kill, not because the slayings were too graphic, but because boots smashing zombie skulls emits a horrid sound!   It took me a while to feel Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, I guess because Colin Firth is so firmly planted in my mind; However, by the end, I felt he adequately portrayed all the stiff pride the character is known for, while having a single minded determination to rid England of zombie scourge.  Matt Smith as Parson Collins, a suitor and cousin to the Bennet sisters, is quite good at comic relief!   The idea that most women of this time are allowed and encouraged to study martial arts and weaponry, rather than piano and sewing is amusing.  Supposedly, women of the most Aristocratic families study in Japan, and those of less noble birth, study in China. The Bennet sisters - Elizabeth (Lily James), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Kitty (Suki Waterhouse), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), and Mary (Millie Brady) - seem like delicate English country roses in empire waist gowns, until it's time to clear away zombies, strapping on knives and swords under their garters and firing pistols with precision, each sister's skill nearly equaling the next.

T &T's LAMB Score: 3 outta 5
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Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet Presents: 2016 Philadelphia Screendance Festival

Friday, February 5, 2016

Don't Miss This "Dance­-For­-Camera” Film Festival

February 16-21, 2016

A Philly based dancer and fellow blogger (Click Go Review) Emma MacDonald, let me know about this upcoming film and dance fusion, 6 day festival happening this month. I'm planning to cover a couple days for T&T, be sure to start following Tinsel & Tine on Periscope @tinseltine and Instagram @tinsel_tine for Live Coverage!

Here's the Background 

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet presents Philadelphia’s newest international “danceforcamera” film festival, which celebrates the nexus between the cinematic and the choreographic! 27 "danceforcamera" short films from film/dancemakers from all over the globe, Philadelphia, Montreal, Santa Barbara, Greece, Iran, San Francisco, NYC, London, and more will be represented in three separate programs in this exciting, 6 day event.

All three programs provide a variety of films, featuring award winning film makers, seasoned choreographers, and emerging artists. 
Philadelphia artists’ work can be seen in all three of the programs: Jillian Harris , Joseph Carlin , Zornitsa Stoyanova , Niki Cousineau , and Jorge Cousineau.

There is a stunning array of choreography to be enjoyed, including work from Amy Seiwert, Crystal Pite , Jody Oberfelder , and many more. 

NGCB created this festival with a desire to take Gibson’s passion 
for dynamic collaboration to a new level. 
The "danceforcamera"genre is the epitome of crossdisciplinary creation: 
choreography, cinematography, music, dance, editing . . . . 
It was a logical step in the company’s programming to host an event 
that celebrates this fusion of artistry. 

The Philadelphia Screendance Festival is a world class event that Philadelphia can be proud to call its own.

There are three separate programs, all of short films of varied types: narrative, abstract, poetic, horrific, fun, sumptuous, heartwarming, strange, and beautiful.

PROGRAM A: Tuesday & Friday (8:30-9:30pm) PROGRAM B: Wednesday & Saturday (8:30-9:30pm) PROGRAM C: Thursday & Sunday (Thurs 8:30-9:30/ Sun 4:30-5: 30)

The tickets have been priced moderately to encourage attendance of all three programs.

Ticket prices: $12$ 15 ($25 for combo ticket to include NGCB’s Ephemeral directly preceding) Click HERE to order

Dates: February 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Venue: Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater 20 N. American Street, 4th FL, Phila., PA 19102

NGCB’s MISSION: Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet is committed to presenting ballet that is both beautiful and intellectually bold. Central to the company’s mission is the pursuit of this question: “What is ballet in the 21st Century?” As an American, female choreographer, Gibson is a voice of progress as to the scope of ballet. Gibson’s work is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, as evidenced in mathematics and science. NGCB provides a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration between dance, music, light installation, and academia.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Philly Food Truck Owners Start Brick and Mortar:

Revolution Taco in Rittenhouse Square

By Tinsel & Tine Editor Le Anne Lindsay

On January 8th I got invited to the opening of a new eat in, but mainly take-out, specialty, designer taco spot called REVOLUTION TACO (2015 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103). The joint is jointly owned by Philly Food Truck'ees  Mike Sultan, Carolyn Nguyen and Alan Krawitz, of Street Food Philly, Taco Mondo and Say Cheese.

The party maintained an abundant taco frenzy all night - every 5 minutes a tray with another variety of succulent soft taco would come into the crowd and be gone in seconds.  In between we enjoyed Guacomole and chips the way I like it - chunky. And it wouldn't be a party without Sangria and Margarita's, but sorry folks, that was strictly for the opening, Revolution Taco does not serve alcohol, at least not yet.

Revolution Taco's decor is minimal, a few tables and chairs, counter seating in the window, menu board on one side, pepper wall on the other - customers are invited to help fill the 120 spaces available on the wall with unusual peppers.

So what else sets them apart from other taco shops in this city? Revolution Taco uses the taco shell as a vehicle to create unique global flavors. Some menu highlights include: house-made chorizo, homemade kimchi, confit duck, slow braised tongue, glazed pork belly, fried tofu, smoked pork cheek and more... 10 types of tacos in all, plus weekly specials.  Mike was telling me a bit about his meat smoking expertise, which really shows in the Chipotle BBQ Brisket Taco.

But my favorite sampling of the night wasn't even a taco, and happened to be vegetarian, I can't wait to go back for the Spinach & Fontina Empanada! The seasoned wilted spinach and piping hot cheese, dripping from a crusty pie twinkling with a dusting of sea salt: 4 TINES and a steal at $4.

Most tacos range in price between $8 for 2 or 3 for $10, Burritos and Burrito Bowls are also offered.

Spinach & Fontina Empanada

Below is a little slideshow with a few more pics from the event - follow @revolutiontaco
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Revolution Taco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you're a Regular Reader you may be saying, okay enough "Tine", where's the "Tinsel"?

There just haven't been any movies out I want to see.  I will do a piece on "Pride + Prejudice + Zombies" due 2/5. And Guest Contributor Connor Bartholomew will do the review of Dakota Johnson's "How to be Single" due 2/12.

I did go to PIFVA's (Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association) Cinema Speakeasy at L'Etage, featuring a retrospective of shorts by a young Philly filmmaker, Bryan Green, which included the Philadelphia premiere of his latest, THE PHILADELPHIA BICYCLE VIGNETTE STORY.  The film is best described as an off-kilter satire depicting ongoing issues affecting society, Philly in particular, but not mean spirited, and often rather entertaining. It took Green 5 years to complete the project and now he's moving out of the city, so the evening was a nice send off for him, as a lot of the cast, crew and his friends were in attendance.  I Periscoped the Post Screening Q&A, which was too dark to get good video, but you can hear the audio on Youtube.

I actually go to quite a few happenings around the city, that just for one reason or another never get a post, but follow me on INSTAGRAM for fun film, food & Philly fodder!

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Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too!

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE

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...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST

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With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

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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