Mini Movie Reviews, Philly Spotlight & Philly Calendar Continues in 2018

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tinsel & Tine Discusses

Social Media Blogging


By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

I'm getting a jump on my end of the year, where do I stand, wrap up post.  It doesn't include a best and worst list of movies from 2017.  That's something I'm aiming to do on That's Show Biz with Chuck Darrow where I contribute a movie segment every Tuesday at 3:45pm on WWDB Talk-860 radio.

If you are a regular reader of Tinsel & Tine, I thank you for sticking with me all this time and hope you're not too disappointed in the change that took place in 2017, where I cut way, way back on movie posts and instead wrote a #MiniMovieReview on Facebook for most of the movies I am so very fortunate enough to see each week.

When I first started writing Tinsel & Tine back in 09, I was determined to become the next Siskel or Ebert and wrote full on movie reviews. But, really, I've never been great at criticizing. I love the movie industry and for the most part just want to highlight what's playing or coming and hopefully spark a discussion.

I also think there are a lot of people who would love to have the time to go see movies more often, but simply can't, due to family, work etc... However, they still want to keep up with what's in the theater, so they stop by Tinsel & Tine where for the last couple of years I present a little showcase on each movie I see. Not only giving my own overall opinion, but that of other critics, excerpts of interviews with actors and directors and any other tidbits I find of interest and hope my readers do too. Sort of a one stop film download of info to keep in mind as you make a decision to add it to your streaming list or really make a point to see it while it's in the theater.

This was a good format, but it takes more time then you would imagine, and face it, people aren't reading blogs the way they used to, blog traffic has fallen off for many types of bloggers.  The first movie I saw in 2017 that I had little to say about, didn't really like, just felt obligated as press (free screening) to post something, was Anna Kendrick in TABLE 19 (click for #minimoviereview).  From here my mini reviews grew, adding more context, more description and a signature image, but still far less writing than a blog post.
All the Facebook #MiniMovieReview posts are embedded HERE. The unfortunate part is you can't read the entire review from there. When you get to the part that says See More it takes you to the full post on FB, but you don't have to have a Facebook account to read it, if the below screen pops up just hit the Not Now button and it will allow you to see the review.

What About the "Tine" (tine's of a fork) Part of the Blog?

The idea for the social media movie reviews, came from having done the same for Restaurant Reviews and Foodie Events earlier. Writing a Recap Philly Spotlight post for everything I attended got to be ludicrous. And really, far too much free promotion.  Besides, posting on social media is more immediate, if the images find a way into your feed, you'll click on them right then and there and read my recap in the photo caption, rather than me trying to lure you back to my site to read.
Click HERE to find all the #PhillySpotlight social media recaps.

Tinsel & Tine Traffic Brought in by The Philly Calendar Page

T&T's Philly Calendar page has been a great source of traffic, but I'll admit, in 2017 I was very close to giving it up all together.  Especially after decided to bite on what I'd been doing for nearly 3 years, by actually creating a domain called and using my #PhillyCalendar hashtag.  Now, I know what you're thinking...

1. No one owns a hashtag and there are a lot of Philly Event sites.  All true, but no one was using #PhillyCalendar as a hashtag, I had it to myself for nearly 3 years.

2.  If they can make a success out of it and get paid to promote events on their Philly Calendar site, and invested money in a better platform, then who am I to complain?  Again, true. But PhillyBites has been following me on Twitter for a long time and knows what I've been doing with my Philly Calendar.  They even started out using my exact same tweet format.  I know business doesn't often work like this, but it would have been awesome if they had reached out to me and said, I see what you've been doing promoting Philly happenings on social media and the calendar on your site, we'd like to take it to the next level, would you like to work with us?  When I wrote to them, not to ream them out, but rather on a fishing expedition, they never replied, but they did stop using the #PhillyCalendar hashtag.

At any rate, I used to be crazy about trying to populate my calendar with so much stuff happening in the Tri-State area, but again, it's time consuming. I'd need to be 3 people to keep that up, so this year, I cut way back, but you'll still always find great highlights for the week, and I try to specialize in smaller happenings, and of course, a lot of film related events.

What's in store for Tinsel & Tine in 2018?

Well, I have 2 or 3 interviews in the works that I'll be posting soon, not big names, but good stuff that fits my brand. I'd like to give more attention to small budget, Independent Films. A few new filmmakers have sent me their films, which I agreed to watch and write about, but somehow never got around to it. I'd like to remedy that.

In terms of mainstream movies, blockbusters and wide release indie films - many I'll hopefully continue to discussed on That's Show Biz, otherwise, when I can see a personal approach or when there's a lot to discuss about it, I'll write a full post, like the one I did on The Disaster Artist (click to Read), the rest will fall into #MiniMovieReviews.

And I'll continue to support all the Film Festivals that happen in Philadelphia (click HERE to see coverage of various 2017 festivals).

Same goes with the Foodie posts, if I get invited to something special, like The C-Cap Fundraiser (click to Read) where the tickets were $150 a head - that invite came with the understanding that I would cover it and write a post, then of course, I always post what I've promised.

And there's still the T&T Newsletter with Giveaways, Free Screening Passes & Subscriber Select Promotions. A huge part of my blogging hours of 2016 and most of 2017 was spent on Newsletter offerings; I'm not sure if I'm glad or sad that the offers slowed down considerably.

Otherwise, we'll see what comes my way for 2018. Hopefully more things like the Sundance Institute New Frontier Labs (click to Read) that was leading edge and a lot of fun! That's how I'd like to approach all of 2018!


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THE INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FILM TOUR Sails into Philadelphia for One Night Only

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Ocean Film Tour 4 in Philadelphia December 1, 2017
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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

The International Ocean Film Tour is not a film festival per se, but it is presented in conjunction with the organizers of last spring's Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. Philly Film-goers come out on December 1, 2017 to the URBN Annex Screening Room (Drexel Campus) to experience a thrilling lineup of the very best in ocean adventures and environmental documentaries. The program features 7 new and exciting short documentaries accompanied by a sensational soundtrack. The one-of-a-kind adventure film event is appropriate for all ages.
“We are thrilled to premiere the International Ocean Film Tour in Philadelphia,” said Debra Wolf Goldstein, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. “Being able to bring unique, environmental focused film experiences for all ages is a true mission of ours and the International Ocean Film Tour is the perfect way to celebrate that mission!”.


THE WEEKEND SAILOR Ramón Carlín: an amateur shows the pros how to sail around the world Seventeen yachts, seven nations, 27,000 miles at sea: 1973 marks the year a sailing trip around the world turned into a race. But when the first Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race sets off from Portsmouth, England, it’s not only the Empire’s most renowned sailing teams on the start line. There’s a dark horse in the competition: Ramón Carlín, aptly named the Weekend Sailor, decides to take part and he’s got company: With a motley crew of friends and family and next to no sailing experience, the 50-year-old Mexican embarks on a voyage to remember. Shunned by the press at first, Carlín turns into the unlikely hot contender of the race. THE WEEKEND SAILOR tells the legendary story of a man the sailing world wasn’t ready for.

Shorebreak The Clark Little Story Peter King Film Ocean 4
SHOREBREAK – THE CLARK LITTLE STORY First he was a surfer, then he became a photographer. Hawaiian Clark Little has managed to turn his passion for the ocean into a career. Chasing shorebreaks is his bread and butter and capturing the perfect wave is his vocation. His ability to frame the power of the water in a single shot makes his photos a love letter to the ocean.

THE ACCORD How to handle the North Atlantic wind: surfing in Iceland If you want to surf in Iceland, you need to know what you’re up against: The forces of nature reign fiercely on this northern island. The grimmest is the North Atlantic wind. In the mind of surfer Heiðar Logi Elíasson this wind is a red-bearded drunkard, unpredictable and capricious. The rough beauty of Iceland and its inhabitants’ black humour set the stage for THE ACCORD, the tale of a surfer making friends with a force of nature. This award-winning surf film serves up the swell ice-cold, proving what a paradise Iceland can be when wind and surfer become brothers beneath the tumultuous skies.

THE LEGACY It has taken only fifty years to destroy dozens of healthy and thriving marine ecosystems due to overfishing and pollution. Lots of species have vanished from their natural habitat. Almost twenty years ago the pacific manta ray was forced to leave his home in the Gulf of California but it has found a new one in a Mexican archipelago - after it was declared a protected area. The short film “The Legacy” shows how endangered species can recover - if we give them a chance.

A PLASTIC OCEAN It is no longer a secret that plastic waste is posing a threat to our oceans. The
A Plastic Ocean film Ocean Film Tour 4 in Philly
problem is not only the visible pollution: dirty beaches for example. Microplastics - tiny little pieces of plastic - almost invisible, are even more dangerous. It floats in our oceans and gathers in gigantic garbage patches. And from there it finds its way into the food chain. Adventurer and filmmaker Craig Leeson has tracked down plastic waste to get to the bottom of the problem. He connects our consumer behavior with ocean pollution and asks the crucial question: What must we do to save our oceans?

JOHANNA UNDER THE ICE After a serious mountain bike accident Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad discovers her love for cold water and the crystal clear silence under the ice. We follow her in this constricting yet liberating world…

CHAPTER ONE Kiteboarding has become more and more popular in recent years. Seems like a good time to take a look back to the beginnings when Windsurfing Champion Robby Naish and Big Wave legend Pete Cabrinha were among the first ones to try the new board sport. By now Kiteboarding has also got its original heros: Keahi de Aboitiz, Youri Zoon, Bruna Kayija and many more. In „Chapter One“ we follow them to the worlds best Kiteboarding spots on the planet.

THE INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FILM TOUR (Volume 4) 1 Night – 7 Films – 120 Minutes
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 7pm
Venue: URBN Annex Screening Room at Drexel University; 3401 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: $15
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL: The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival showcases powerful films from around the world that entertain, inform, and inspire personal action. The 2018 Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will be held on April 6-8, 2018 at the Prince Theater in Center City. Learn more at

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Movie Blog Post: Tommy Wiseau's THE ROOM & James Franco's THE DISASTER ARTIST

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Disaster Artist vs The Room
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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

A couple weeks ago when I received Allied's weekly screening list, Tommy Wiseau's The Room was scheduled. I didn't know anything about the movie, so I went to You Tube for a trailer and discovered something weird and nonsensical - only it didn't appear to be a comedy or a spoof. I didn't even finish watching the trailer; I just sorta scratched my head, didn't give it a lot of thought and chose the other films on the list I planned to see in the coming week.

Blog Tommy Wiseau The Room and James Franco The Disaster Artist
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Cut to maybe 2 or 3 weeks later, I start hearing about James Franco, finally working with his brother Dave Franco in a movie called The Disaster Artist.  I normally follow the films that do well at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto, so I don't exactly know why I wasn't up to speed on this movie, but upon seeing its trailer, it suddenly clicked... Oh, Hai The Room, now I know why you were on screening list.

Luckily we got another opportunity to see The Room before The preview screening of The Disaster Artist - only, I got another surprise... 80-85% of the audience had already seen the movie, not just seen it, memorized it. They had props for the screening - like an endless supply of plastic spoons to throw at the screen every time the framed spoon portrait came into view.  They tossed blow up footballs around, they knew each character's entrances and exits, of which there are many. Basically, they all were completely in on the joke that is reportedly believed to be the worst movie ever made. And once again, I felt completely clueless.  Why didn't I know about this? To be fair, I will say that same 80-85% of the audience in the know, were under 40, white, hipster-ish, irony seeking types. Not really my peer group. However, now having seen both movies and researched several articles, I can say I've developed a sincere appreciation for the cult classic and its homage.

Dave Franco interview The Disaster Artist working with his brother
Dave Franco was asked by InStyle Magazine about his first time seeing "The Room":

My brother [James] and I were both pretty late to the game. He actually read Greg Sestero's book before ever seeing The Room—he's probably the only person on the planet who did it in that order. But after reading the book, he watched the movie and then texted me and said, "If you haven't seen this yet, watch it immediately. We need to make a movie about this." I was working in Boston at the time, so I watched it alone in a hotel room, which is not the way to watch that movie for the first time—you watch it in a group where you can turn to people and say, "What the f-ck is going on?" READ MORE

For others who have yet to be initiated, let me try and break it down for you...
"The Room" stars Tommy Wiseau and his friend and co-producer Greg Sestero. The film has very little storyline or plot details, it's basically about this guy Johnny (Wiseau) who supposedly works as a banker, I didn't get that from watching the movie, but read it later. His life really revolves around his live in girlfriend Lisa. But she's tired of him, something we hear again and again in heart to heart talks with her mother, who at one random moment announces she's dying of breast cancer, yet it's never mentioned again. Lisa, heeding her mother's advice to stay with Johnny because he's a nice meal ticket, decides she can have her cake and eat it too, by starting an affair with Johnny's best friend Mark (Sestero) who lives upstairs. There's also another kid of maybe 17 or 18 year's old that also lives in the building, who Johnny and Lisa have kind of "adopted" who just stops by randomly for very shorts scenes and then leaves.

Midnight Screening Cult fan favorite worst movie ever THE ROOM

The room has no character arcs, super low budget production value, although it's been reported Tommy spent 6 million dollars getting the movie made. There are these strangely chosen stock footage shots of water and lakes and the Golden Gate Bridge, which pans steadily to the left and then the next time you see this shot it's panning steadily to the right.  The establishing shot of where they live from the outside looks nothing like what their place looks like from the inside. There's one shot of Johnny walking around in what looks like maybe downtown LA, with the Disney store in the background and then he just walks right into the apartment. The love scenes take up so much of the movie, it could almost be a porno, except they are just so badly shot and conceived, even a porn house would be embarrassed to put out something so schlocky. And of course, every moment, whether it involves Johnny, Mark, Lisa, the mother or any other random role, is so, so, so very badly acted.
Canadian documentary filmmaker Rick Harper was given the green-light by Tommy to make a documentary about his life and the making of "The Room", way before Franco decided to do "The Disaster Artist", but right before the doc was to see the light of day, Tommy pulled the plug and threatened to sue Harper, an injunction was order, which has just recently been lifted.

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Harper - But it’s fair to say he’s made a legitimate business out of The Room, right?

Harper: Oh absolutely. Say what you will about Tommy Wiseau, but he’s an excellent marketer. He was able to turn a really horrible movie into a movie that makes so many people happy and they open up their wallets and buy anything — Wiseau shirts and wallets and underwear. He’s made himself a celebrity. In part that’s because of The Room, but also because he’s one of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. I remember saying to someone that he’s probably the most interesting person after Michael Jackson. There’s no understanding this person and there’s always a thirst to know more about him. READ MORE

The Disaster Artist (based on the memoirs of Greg Sestero) fills us in on who this, let's say, unique actor/director/producer Tommy Wiseau is and why this awkwardly put together film exists.  Tommy Wiseau is a guy from an indeterminate Eastern European country who denies being anything but American.  If anyone asks about the accent, he says he's from New Orleans.  He and Greg meet in acting class, although Tommy is not the star pupil, he's not afraid to let go and make a fool of himself when performing a scene, Greg wants to learn how to be that free. Tommy, for some completely inexplicable reason is rich. Really, no one knows where his money comes from, he's often compared to a vampire, so for all we know, he could really be from old Transylvanian money.  At any rate, when he meets Greg at these acting classes they're both living in San Francisco, but after Greg introduces Tommy to some old James Dean movies, Tommy convinces Greg to move to LA with him. He'll pay for all the expenses, he just wants them to encourage each other to never give up until they both become stars.

Bottom Line: What I like about The Disaster Artist is the fact that James Franco takes it all seriously, it's funny, but it's never mocking. It's obvious the film comes from a place of love and fascination for Wiseau and Sestero’s story.
Franco, who stayed in character for the entire shooting of the movie, both as an actor and director of the film, has said he sees a lot of himself in the narcissistic, brittle Wiseau:
"So much. In ways I don't want to admit."

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There's some great cameo roles for Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith and Megan Mullally and a fun moment for Bryan Cranston playing himself. But it's Seth Rogan who really shines as the script supervisor on the movie set. He plays this, I thought I'd seen it all/done it all in this business, but this guy takes the cake, role in the movie; often stepping in to run things, as Tommy is clueless about running a set, keeping actors happy or really anything about the business of movie making... and yet, he's now a cult movie legend, showing up at midnight screenings around the globe. Just goes to show, you never know what will happen if you follow your dream.

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 4 outta 5
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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! READ POST

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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


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... 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


...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


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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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