Movie Blog Post: Alice Through the Looking Glass | Captain America: Civil War | X-men: Apocalypse

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Time Plays Havoc:
Alice Through the Looking Glass |
Captain America: Civil War | X-men: Apocalypse

By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

Remember that time slurs over everything, let all deeds fade, blurs all writings and kills all memories. Exempt are only those which dig into the hearts of men by love - Aristotle 

It's the Memorial Weekend once again and that brings with it the start of summer movie blockbusters!

I used to get depressed if I didn't have specific plans for this weekend which officially starts the season of summer, preferably plans that involved going away for the long weekend. But that's one of the funny things about time, at a certain point you learn to make do and find comfort in what is available. And so I found more than comfort, but true pleasure and exhilaration in getting out of work at 3:30pm on Friday, heading to Wawa for my Cinema Sneak n Snack and then proceeding to the movies to see back to back Captain American: Civil War and X-Men:Apocalypse!

Chicken Salad hoagie on toasted roll w/ cucumbers, Apple slices and Kettlecorn

A couple days earlier, I got to see the preview screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass (Director James Bobin) and what I notice about all three movies is how much time plays a part in wreaking havoc on the present.  Literally in Alice Through the Looking Glass, where time is personified, (Sacha Baron Cohen) not as a villain, yet smug in his immortality, matter of factly snatching the timepieces representing people's life spans out of the clouds, and denouncing their time is up. Signifying the fact that we are all at the mercy of time.

Even Alice (Mia Wasikowska) who fervently believes in 6 impossible things before breakfast, knows that time has the final say on death and can't get behind her friend the Hatter's (Johnny Depp) notion that his family, the hat making Hightopps, [of which he was estranged, being the black, rather colorful sheep of the family] could still be found or brought back after being incinerated by the Jabberwocky so many years ago. And in fact, through all of Alice's time travel, which includes witnessing the childhood break between Mirana, The White Queen (Anne Hathaway) and Iracebeth, The Red Queen's (Helena Bonham Carter), we learn that time can destroy the present or be examined to learn from the past, but can't truly be changed.

Captain America: Civil War (Directors Anthony Russo, Joe Russo) is all about the past still informing the present.  For Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) the time he spent growing up with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) feels like it was yesterday, seeing as they both lost so much time in suspension. The loyalty Rogers feels towards Bucky has not been dimmed by time, so no matter what heinous crimes and assassinations Bucky committed as the Winter Soldier, he sees a time when they were young and innocent. There's a moment when they're reminiscing about a girl they used to know and Bucky says, she must be 100 years-old now, and Captain America lays his hand on Bucky's shoulder and says, so are we Buck.  It's this connection to the past that allows Steve/Captain America to create the Civil War among his fellow Avengers.

It's also memories of the past which drives Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) into creating a simulation machine to try and re-live and change the exchange he had with his parents the last time he saw them before their death (That CGI technique which made Downey look 30 years younger was pretty cool!). This event is also what drives him into unrelenting battle with Captain America, as past grief becomes more important than the matters at hand.

In X-men: Apocalypse (Director Bryan Singer) the past catches up with the present and also wreaks havoc [Actually, spoiler alert - we lose Havok (Lucus Till)] in the form of the first mutant who hearkens back to Egyptian beginnings - En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). Throughout history Nur has been able to transfer his soul into a mutant with greater powers, while still retaining any abilities gained through former transitions. Nur, an incarnation which puts me in mind of the History channel's "Ancient Alien" series, also lost years in suspension, but far more than a few decades, and he's not happy with what time has done to the world since he's been gone; so he gathers up the mutants he needs to create an Apocalypse, in order to start time anew.

We're also dealing with time, as X-Men: Apocalypse is still in prequel mode. This time we get to meet youthful versions of Storm (Alexandra Shipp), pre-white hair, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) who has an early run in with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) whose first set of eye wear had to be taken off and on, like reading glasses.   And once again, my favorite Quicksilver (Evan Peters) has a great scene which defies the laws of time by moving faster than light to save the students at Xavier's school for gifted youth.

Side Note: In Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Mad Hatter is not all that mad, he's sad. And by seeing him as a child with his family it makes him less magical and more human, certainly not the guy capable of doing a kooky, 360 degree head spinning Futterwacken. I'm not sure it's a criticism of the movie, just an observation.

Side Note: X-Men: Apocalypse - It looks pretty good in this image, but really the make-up and costume on En Sabah Nur wasn't quite right, nor was Isaac's interpretation of the character - instead of menacing, intimidating and omnipotent ruler, I was getting grumpy, ill tempered Muppet.  It doesn't ruin the movie, but a better villain would have made it stronger.

Side Note: In Captain America: Civil War most of the movie is very serious minded except for humorous battles scene which pits Avenger against Avenger, yet loving these characters as I do, it's actually the hardest part to take.

Okay, I'm writing this post outside and the sun is setting, it's time to go :)

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Alice Score: 3.5 outta 5 |X-Men 4.25 | Captain A 4.50

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Philly Spotlight: That's Show Biz w/ Chuck Darrow and ME! Radio Broadcast

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tinsel & Tine Contributes a Weekly Movie Segment




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POST UPDATE 5/24/16:  

On this week's show I talk about Shane Black's violent comedy starring Russell Crowe as a guy hired as freelance muscle and Ryan Gosling as a sorta bumbling, lush of a detective. Their initial meeting is rough, but they come together to solve a crime involving a porno movie, and the Detroit auto industry.

My segment's starting point is 38:40

POST UPDATE 5/17/16:  
Think I'm really getting the rhythm down for speaking on radio.  This was a particularly good segment, discussing A BIGGER SPLASH & MONEY MONSTER. Listen below and or click links to read the posts.

My segment's starting point is 45:40

POST UPDATE 5.10.2016

On this week's show I talk about the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22, 2016) opening with the world premiere of Woody Allen's CAFE SOCIETY(starring Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart) and discuss the recent and rare interview with the prolific 80 year-old filmmaker. By Stephen Galloway of the Hollywood Reporter

My segment's starting point is 41:41


On this week's show I talk about The Huntsman Winter's War Starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Giving Costume Designer Colleen Atwood praise for both Queen Raveena (Theron) and her sister Freya (Blunts) imaginative gowns. 

We also start to discuss Summer Sequels

Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27): Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Wonderland and goes back in time to save her old pal, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), from Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen). This sequel to 2010 Alice in Wonderland is NOT a Tim Burton movie, the director is James Bobin who directed the last two Muppet movies. 

Now You See Me 2 (June 10): Robin Hood-esque magical troupe the Four Horsemen (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and no Isla Fisher, instead Lizzy Caplan joins the cast). This time the magic foursome are forced into pulling a heist by a young tech magnate (Daniel Radcliffe). 

Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24): Twenty years after mankind and Will Smith fought off a hellacious alien invasion, the extraterrestrials return with a bigger fleet to test heroes, both old (Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman) and new (Liam Hemsworth and Maika Monroe). 

Jason Bourne (July 29): Matt Damon's most popular role reappears on the world's intelligence scene with many of his memories returned in this the 5th of the Bourne film series. 

  My segment's starting point is 40:37

On this week's show I got to follow comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah and give my musings on Sci-fi/Spy movie Criminal starring Kevin Costner. And finally give a mention to "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" as That's Show Biz loves a local Philly angle: 

Trevor's Interview starts at 21:40

 POST UPDATE 4.12.16

On this week's show I give a short recap of the MTV Movie Awards and brief review Demolition (click for actual post on Demolition movie):

My segment's starting point is 37:51


On this week's show I talk about Natural Born Pranksters, Pandemic, Moore College of Art Women's Film Festival and Hardcore Henry
My segment's starting point is 36:16


On this week's show I give an overview on my interview with Ice Cube and Deon Cole, explain to Chuck why Batman & Superman have a beef and why you should see "Hello, My Name is Doris" 
My segment's starting point is 35:40


On this week's show I give the paired down version of my posts for "Allegiant" and we talk about Chuck' dislike of Superhero, Fantasy and Sci Fi flicks. 
My segment's starting point is 38:28.


On this week's show I give the paired down version of my posts for "Miracles from Heaven " and "The Perfect Match" my segment's starting point is 41:12.


On this week's show I give the paired down version of my posts for "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and "Five Nights in Maine" my segment's starting point is 36:15.


This week's segment on #ThatShowBiz I give my post Oscars Commentary and mini reviews on "Eddie the Eagle and "Zootopia" by segment begins at 57:43


This week I got to chat with Chuck about Oscar Snubs!  This show was a little chaotic because the station's phone lines went down and pushed the show off schedule, so...

I didn't get a chance to talk about all I prepared, particularly wanted to get in the fact that Fusion Media Network & Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital are going to broadcast All Def Movie Awards Sunday night during the Oscars, with a humorous parody type awards show honoring black movies that got snubbed by the Oscars and adding in categories like Best Helpful White Person and Best Black Survivor in a Movie...

and discuss this great article from Entertainment Weekly, that polled several Academy Voters on why they didn't vote to give "Straight Outta Compton" a best picture nomination.... but THAT'S SHOW BIZ!  See radio embed below to listen or Or Click HERE to go to show site

My Segment starts 39.11

This world we've created of branding and self-promotion can be fun and liberating. We've been given these fantastic tools: social media, blogs, apps, podcasts, cameras readily at our disposal, so many great ways to communicate our passions; and yet it's also tough, because we're all doing it! Which makes it difficult to get to the next level.  More than anything else, even more than wanting to find a love interest, I want Tinsel & Tine to be what I do - No other job(s). To get there, it takes consistency, raising my profile and luck, as was the case last Friday...

When Chuck Darrow, long-time Philadelphia journalist of the Inquirer and Daily News, contacted me to start contributing a movie segment to his new radio program on WWDB-Talk Radio 860.  He was given my name by Kory Aversa CEO of Aversa PR & Events (by the way Kory is a nominee on the Philly Happening List for 2016 for Entrepreneur of the year - Vote HERE).

The program is call THAT'S SHOW BIZ with CHUCK DARROW the format covers Theater, Restaurants, TV, Music and Movies! Chuck has some great contributors who call into the show and discuss what's hot that week, with a real slant toward what's happening in Philly. Our segments are short, due to the hour long format of the show, which includes Chuck's interview with a celebrity guest.

I feel honored to be among these fab contributors:

Molly Eichel  - TV Critic @mollyeichel
Michael Klein - Food Critic @phillyinsider
A.D. Amorosi - Music Critic @ADAmorosi 
Neal Zoren - Theater Critic @NealsPaper

The show is Live Tuesdays at 3pm, but of course the podcast gets posted to the site and can be found on iTunesRadio and I believe a couple of other podcast channels.

Here's Tinsel & Tine's debut which starts with "Deadpool"- my segment starts at 5:19 :

Le Anne Lindsay is the Editor of Tinsel & Tine a site that celebrates Film, Food & Philly Events. Starting in 2009 with the Philadelphia Film Society, Cinedelphia and Urbanspoon, she began blogging about the two things that never get old for her - going to the movies and eating good food. Having gained a loyal following who enjoy her upbeat writing style with a focus on showcasing and discussing a movie, rather than pulling it apart, Tinsel & Tine was created in 2010. Invitations from PR Agencies expanded her blog to feature profiles and highlights from restaurant openings and events. It now also includes a Philly Calendar with social media blasts for film, food/drink, theater, art and small biz events happenings in the city. Yet the site still remains movie-centric, offering weekly preview screening passes to Subscribers.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016


I was sent a sample multi-pack of Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps in both original and jalapeño flavor, both the regular and snack size bags, to bring to the movies for T&T's trademark #CinemaSneaknSnack, but I'm opening a bag all the time. I can't stay out of them!

I have a dependency on, Cheez-It, Doritos & Honey BBQ Chips, in that order. Now I'm serious when I say, these Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps have created a new order - it's still Cheez-it in the lead, but Cornbread Crisps are a very close 2nd and then Doritos.

Best of all, these Cornbread Crisps are MUCH better for you than any of my regular snacks. They are a healthy and natural snack made from fresh corn and other whole grains grown on American farms.

The Taste? You know when you go to a real old-fashioned diner and order a cornbread muffin toasted on the grille with butter - well, add a little salt and bake the corn muffin until crispy and you get the picture. The jalapeño flavor is not hot, but rather nicely spicy.



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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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