Movie Blog Post: RBG aka The Notorious RBG

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Film Documentaries 2018

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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Tinsel & Tine #MiniMovieReview - Finally saw RBG film (Directed by Betsy West & Julie Cohen) Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention to this documentary!

#NortoriousRBG directors Betsy West & Julie Cohen do a brilliant job bringing worthy attention to the 2nd female Supreme Court Justice, in a way that made me sit up and realize, as a woman, I owe her more honor and respect, not before truly realized. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an amazing example of quiet determination and composed passion. And before I do a little male bashing, I'd like to give credit to her extraordinarily supportive husband Marty - he seemed to be a very loving person and delightful soul.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg fighting for women's rights for 60 years

But whenever I see movies about fighting for simple human rights and equality, it always comes back to one thing – why, from the beginning of time, are so many white men in power so lousy!?! Why do they get off on subjugation, bigotry and exclusion? And it’s never a case of, “Oh we didn’t realize we’re making this group of people’s lives hard or impossible, this was an oversight”. No. it’s always intentional and never ends until they feel their feet are really to the fire. The truth of this, is often why I have a hard time watching “The Handmaids Tale” it’s a stellar production, but I have to watch it in bite size viewings, as it feels all too possible at this very moment in time. Now having seen RBG, I’m more aware of her dissenting voice having SO much importance on the Supreme Court - which makes me more upset the Democrats didn’t fight harder to make certain President Obama got to make his appointment after Justice Scalia died. If the shoe were on the other foot, there’s no way the Republicans would have accepted lame duck presidency as a reason not to elect the next Supreme Court Judge. Now they’ll be two from that *&#! in the White House. This documentary brought home in a really big way, the implications this will have for generations to come.

But on a much lighter note, I loved seeing RBG get a kick out of watching Kate McKinnon playing her on SNL, also, that she gives out the Notorious RBG t-shirts as gifts. the Large Association of Movie Blogs (aka the LAMb) rating: 5 outta 5

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Movie Blog Post: ANT-MAN and the WASP

Monday, July 9, 2018

How Ant-Man and the Wasp fits into Avengers: Infinity War

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THE LAMBcast - ANT-MAN and the WASP

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

After writing a blog for almost a decade, I came to the conclusion that talking about movies is more fun than writing about movies. But also having maintained a blog for all these years makes me know for sure that I would never want to host my own podcast, not unless I had a lot of behind the scenes help, both technically and marketing wise.  Thankfully, I get to provide a radio movie segment each week on That's Show Biz with Chuck Darrow (currently on a 4 week summer hiatus, new episodes to begin August 7th) and as a member of the Large Ass Movie Blogging Association, I get to guest on a couple podcasts a year too!

Listen to me and 4 other members of the LAMB community as we buzz and dissect in detail Marvel's 20th installment to the MCU - Ant-Man & the Wasp:

00:00 Intros
03:55 Ant-Man and the Wasp discussion, mostly spoiler-free
28:40 Ant-Man and the Wasp discussion, full spoilers
45:42 Rants and Raves
74:36 Who Am I? Game
98:00 Plugs
104:55 Out-takes

If you don't have time to listen to the whole thing now, below are the crib notes I wrote to keep me on track during the taping:

Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) Michael Peña (Luis), Hannah John-Kamen (Ava Starr/Ghost), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) Michelle Pfiffer (Janet van Dyne)  Laurence Fishburne (Bill Foster), Abby Ryder Fortson (Cassie), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo), Walton Goggins (Sonny Burch), Bobby Cannavale (Jim Paxton), Judy Greer (Maggie), Tip "T.I." Harris (Dave), David Dastmalchian (Kurt)

First off Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp is great as a super confident superhero, not over-confident there’s no hubris, but she definitely earned her name in the title.(Side note: Marvel’s first film in 10 years and 20 movies, to put a female superhero in the title).

Peyton Reed and the Marvel team really got the whole what and when to get big & small thing down to a science. It’ seamless, you’d think it would get old during the movie but it’s cool every time. Especially the Wasp taking on Sonny Burch’s gang in the kitchen, it’s great when one moment she’s running on an airborne knife and the next she’s full-size again and packing a punch, then back to flying, it’s perfectly timed. You have to love that the laboratory is not only portable, but looks like a carry-on bag. The whole movie is light, fast and much tighter than the original, not that I had a problem with the first one, but it felt outside the MCU. With this movie making a good deal of this story having to do with the fallout of what happened in Captain America: Civil War (which by the way, I love when Hope busts Scott’s chops about calling Captain America “Cap”) they’ve established continuity between the MCU and Ant-man. Although, I read a review that said they felt the movie was a fun summer popcorn movie, but a throw away in the Marvel Universe. I don’t agree with that at all, without getting into spoilers it clearly is juxtaposed with Infinity War in a “Meanwhile this is happening over here, kinda way”; But yes, at the same time it is a comedy, that seems shorter than 2hrs, when we reach the climatic car chase scene, I wasn’t really ready for it to wrap up, was having too much fun!

The original Iron Man comicbook Ghost backstory was that he was a prize engineer at a corporation called Omnisapient. Which was so dependent on Ghost's inventions they hired a woman to "fall in love" with him to keep him happy and productive. Only they had to kill her when she tried to blackmail the company. During his grief he for some reason designed a new computer network that allowed him to merge his own consciousness with a computer network. I guess kinda like that terrible Johnny Depp SyFi movie Transcendence. Through this ability Ghost found out that his lover was an actor who had been murdered which lead him to become an anti-capitalist supervillain.

In Ant-man and the Wasp, Ghost is completely different in more ways than now being a woman - the motives are still emotional and personal, but on a self-preservation level, not a revenge or rage against the corporate giants’ agenda; and this Ghost doesn’t have any tech skills, more of a soldier. But we’re seeing more and more of this actress Hannah John-Kamens who was also a villain in Ready Player One and she and Walter Goggins were both in the new Alicia Vikander Lara Croft Tomb Raider. I’ve only seen one episode of Black Mirror, but I hear she’s been in 2 of those. It’s like she and Sophia Boutilla have become these multi-ethnic, International hot properties, which is awesome.

I’m so glad they found a way to still utilize Luis (Michael Pena) and the other two cohorts, that scene with the truth serum, not being truth serum, just kept getting funnier and funnier. And I was waiting to see if we’d get one of his off-tangent voice-over stories and this was the perfect way to do a little what’s been happening in the last 2 years exposition. It really struck me & my sister funny when Luis admitted he didn’t like the way Scott loads the dishwasher, because she and I share an apartment and that’s something we argue about, as I want the dishes off the counter and out of the sink so I just put them in any ol way, where she likes to let the dishes pile up until she’s ready to load the dishwasher but then she has a system.

Michelle Pfiffer’s hair color is great not quite gray, blonde, silver or white but somewhere in between. The CGI they can do now to make an actress look 30 years younger is amazing! I can’t wait until that technology is available in real-life.

More to come in the trippy micro-universe The Quantum Realm? Looks like it, not just because of the ending of Ant-Man and the Wasp, but it's been heavily rumored when we get introduced to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) that although the character is known to operate in the far reaches of space, perhaps the reason the character hasn't shown up in Guardians of the Galaxy or Avengers is because she too is stuck in the Quantum Realm?  READ MORE

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 5 outta 5
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

New Summer Menu at Fogo de Chão

Tinsel & Tine Announces FOGO de CHÃO SUMMER WITH $15 WEEKDAY LUNCH:

Brazilian Steakhouse


By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

My sister and I had so much fun dining, not to mention, Tinsel & Tine got excellent traffic from my Fogo de Chão Fall Menu post, that when they asked if I'd like to come back to try their summer menu and post again, I said most definitely!

celebration at FOGO DE CHÃO Philadelphia
This time I got to celebrate my birthday with my fellow Gemini birthday buddy Bonnie!

Here's a little Fogo Meat Porn Video I took

Now here's more info about Fogo's newest seasonal offerings created just for summer. Standout items at the Market Table, which is available during Weekday Lunch for $15 - refreshing salads such as Watermelon Feta and Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella, plus a nutrient-dense Chickpea salad. Those delish family-style Brazilian side dishes are also included. If you're still looking for the "Steak" at lunchtime, you can choose to add a single selection of fire-roasted meat for under $25, or indulge in the Full Churrasco Experience. And summer also brings the return of the Watermelon Fresca mocktail!
“During the summer months in Brazil, friends and family spend a lot of time surrounding a fogo de chão, or campfire,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Our summer menu was carefully crafted to celebrate this tradition by offering guests new options to enjoy alongside premium cuts of meat that are fire-roasted by our expert gaucho chefs.”

To Recap - The new summer menu items at Fogo include:

Fogo de Chão Watermelon Feta Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella – Ripe red and yellow heirloom tomatoes are layered with fresh Buffalo mozzarella and topped with extra virgin olive oil, cracked black pepper and basil.

 Fogo de Chão ‏family-style Brazilian

Chickpea Salad – This protein-rich salad features chickpeas mixed with summer basil, fresh parsley, red onion, and red bell pepper, then is dressed with a house-made lemon Dijon vinaigrette.

Fogo de Chão Chick pea salad

Watermelon Feta Salad – Refreshing watermelon is tossed with feta, summer basil, fresh mint and cracked black pepper making this the perfect summertime salad.

Fogo de Chão Mocktail

Watermelon Fresca (Non-Alcoholic) – This mocktail is back by popular demand! It features fresh watermelon blended with pure cane sugar, lime and mint, and is served over crushed ice.

Fogo de Chão family-style service of Brazilian side dishes
My favorite those delightfully spongy rolls!

About Fogo de Chão (fogo-dee-shown) is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, specializing in the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco – the art of roasting high-quality cuts of meats over open flame, all of which are carved tableside by Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs.

Founded in Southern Brazil in 1979, there are currently 48 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, Mexico, and the Middle East.

Fogo’s distinctive and authentic Brazilian dining experience begins with the seasonal Market Table and Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, imported charcuterie and more. The restaurant features a variety of simply seasoned meats that are fire-roasted by gaucho chefs, plus seafood, desserts, signature cocktails and an award-winning wine list.

For more information on Fogo’s new summer culinary additions, or to make dining reservations, please visit

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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


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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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Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

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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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