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Monday, August 14, 2017

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Indie Films: Brigsby Bear, Step

& Patti Cake$

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Not only am I equally impressed by each of these three films, each one had a Q&A in Philly! See Mini Reviews and Videos below:

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BRIGSBY BEAR - highly touted at Sundance. It’s co-written and stars Kyle Mooney from SNL, directed by his childhood friend and sketch comedy partner (Good Neighbor) Dave McCary and co-written by other long-time friend Kevin Costello. In case you're wondering, Mooney is the guy on SNL with the greasy looking, long curly hair, who doesn’t get on air very often, and when he does, he's not very funny, but in this movie he really shines! He and the entire movie is endearingly quirky and earnest without feeling schmaltzy. Both Mooney and McCary were in Philly to introduce the film (see video below), and I've watched other videos of them being interviewed and noted that they try not to say a lot about the plot of Brigsby Bear because it really is best going in knowing very little. I can say, it is a movie about the joy of making movies, but the rest I would describe as “Room” meets “10 Clover Lane” meets ‘Power Rangers” meets “Rain Man” - I know that sounds crazy, but it’s got elements of all those movies and it’s its own thing. Greg Kinnear and Mark Hamil are both fantastic in their roles. Can't say as much for Claire Danes, she's rather wasted in her role as the psychologist.

If you read reviews of the movie, the critics do give away the whole plot, but I’m not going to say anymore because it’s one of those films where it’s fun discovering what’s really going on as you go.

STEP - If you want to experience the true joy of hope and possibilities then go see @stepthemovie! These ladies of BLYSW” step team will make you think, cheer, cry, laugh, wish and LOVE them.

You think you're going to be just entertained by some Step competition stomping and clapping, and in some ways it is like Glee for Stepping, but mainly you become engrossed in these young girls and their families as they attend their last year at The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and pursue their ambitions to either get into a college of their dreams or make the college they can get into their ticket out of the depressed area of Baltimore, MD.

Step Movie Life is Step Documentary Interview
In these three team members, Lipitz finds an illustrative cross-section of family dynamics, educational prospects and economic stability. In doing so, the film wisely avoids the trap of using the experience of one individual to represent an entire community. So we see one girl’s dinner date with boyfriend right after another girl’s mother tells her daughter, “Boys have cooties.” Some students’ mothers are distant, while another takes so much interest in her daughter’s rehearsals that she crashes it to show off her own moves...READ MORE Steve Green
Unfortunately, the inspired director Amanda Lipitz and the instrumental school guidance counselor, Paula Dofat, couldn't attend the Philly Q&A, due to flight issues, but we got to hear from the 3 leads /original members of the Step team - Blessin Hiraldo, Cori Granger, Tayla Solomon along with their determined coach Gari McIntyre. See video below:

PATTY CAKE$ was screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It's a story of a plus-sized white girl, Patricia "Dumbo" Dumbrowski, from Bergen County, New Jersey who seeks fame and fortune as a rapper.

Yes, we've seen plenty of movies with an unlikely hero/heroine trying to make their dreams come true against big odds, and more often than not, those dreams involve the music biz; so when you see something truly original with that premise, it's really saying something, and that's what I'm saying - Danielle Macdonald in "Patti Cakes" brings a unique voice. The entire film balances grit, humor and a really decent soundtrack in a way that has you rooting for the first time filmmaker Geremy Jasper, who worked on getting the movie made for over a decade; which often brought with it a number of hard lessons and angst, yet resulted in a truly lovable and well-delivered film.

Geremy Jasper attend the Philly preview screening and answered questions about his journey into the film industry, casting ‎Danielle Macdonald, (whose flight got cancelled for this Q&A) his prior career in the music industry and so much more. See video below:

And look swag! They gave out Patti Cakes T-shirts at this screening

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: All three films earn 4 outta 5
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Movie Blog Post: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Friday, August 4, 2017

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

This movement is in the tradition of every great movement that has advanced human kind - Al Gore

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which isn't so much about climate change as it is about inspiring people to change their approach to climate change. Of course, we are still brought into the doc with an opening sequence taking place where we all associate the word "global warming" - The North Pole, where we see Al Gore flying over ice fields in a helicopter, with glaciers literally popping from rising temperatures.

While the original "Inconvenient" was largely a dramatized re-creation of Gore's traveling scientific slideshow, the new film is a classic cinéma vérité production, with the filmmakers, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk shadowing Gore for months - at sites that show the dimensions of the challenges, particularly Miami Beach, which has seen tremendous flooding in the last few years due to rising tides. We see him in Greenland, interviewing science researchers and observing the meltdown of rapidly collapsing glaciers, in training classes speaking to grass roots climate activists. We see him go to Paris, during the global climate conference before the Paris accord, terribly coinciding with the terrorist attack in the city. And we see him travel to a small-town in Texas in the reddest part of this red state, where surprise, surprise, the conservative mayor is committed to using nearly 100% renewable energy sources. Not because he's a raving environmentalist, but because he's found it's cost effective to his constituents.

If "Inconvenient Truth" felt groundbreaking, the sequel comes on the heels of a wave of documentary films exploring aspects of the topic, from Fisher Stevens & Leonardo DiCaprio's "BEFORE THE FLOOD" to the recent Netflix project "Chasing Coral," about disappearing ocean reefs.  But as Gore puts it, "following climate news has become like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.” so perhaps there can't be too much emphasis. Particularly, in light of Trump's villainous decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. Which definitely gives An Inconvenient Sequel the perfect antagonist and makes the doc very timely.

An Inconvenient Sequel_Al Gore's Letter to Landmark Theaters
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
by Vice President Al Gore

Believe it or not, I was initially resistant to the idea of filming a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.

I was gratified by how many people have said that An Inconvenient Truth moved them to action, and I knew that any follow-up had to push the conversation about climate action forward in as productive a way as its predecessor. In the meantime, I continued my work traveling the world, constantly updating and presenting the slideshow on the climate crisis and its solutions and training thousands of activists around the world to communicate the realities of the climate crisis and the available solutions to their families, friends, neighbors, and peers.

Over the course of my post-political career, I’ve had a front seat to see the incredible progress, particularly of the past decade, as the climate action movement built itself from the ground up. It started simply, but has been fundamentally transformed into something almost unrecognizable. Activists are petitioning their governments for sensible climate policies and entire cities and towns are transitioning to clean energy. We’ve set our sights higher and allowed ourselves to pursue possibilities unimaginable just eleven years ago.

That momentum all came to a head in late 2015, when the entire world decided together in Paris that the climate crisis was a fight we have to win together. The Paris Agreement would not have been possible without the force of a movement behind it, and that movement was not the work of dignitaries, nor was it bankrolled by special interests... READ MORE

Bottom Line: The first few scenes of An Inconvenient Sequel:Truth to Power had me thinking, the melting of the glaciers has its own beauty, perhaps the earth's intention is to adapt to new temperatures, that change is inevitable, even when it comes to glaciers. I think there's some truth to this, but that doesn't mean the earth will adapt to accommodate its inhabitants. And really, hasn't it always made sense to use the energy sources of the sun and wind?

I was very impressed with Al Gore's impassioned speech near the end. I don't know if he wrote it, but he certainly delivered it with just the right amount of passion, wisdom, integrity and hope. Further making Trump look like the greedy, unenlightened, buffoon he seems to be.  I just wish Gore could have been this charismatic running for President.

Twitter: @aitruthfilm | Facebook: @AnInconvenientTruth | Instagram @aninconvenienttruth

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 4 outta 5
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Friday, July 28, 2017

 Afternoon craving for sweets at the workplace

Cheesecake Factory Celebrates


By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

What was the best part of your week? Mine was unexpectedly being sent a WHOLE Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory!

It seems NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY is being celebrated Sunday, July 30th and Monday July 31st, in light of this - Cheesecake Factory is introducing a new CELEBRATION CHEESECAKE! Layers of vanilla cake, Original Cheesecake, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla mousse with cream cheese frosting.

I dare you to try and finish a whole slice in one setting, it's big & rich, but delish!
Cheesecake Factory's new Celebration cheesecake

It came to my office, never been so glad to sign for a delivery!

Cake Delivered to your door

Included with the cheesecake was a festive cake decorating kit.  Since I was at work taking pictures, it didn't allow me time to pull out my creative decorative skills, so I will admit this is not my best work.

How not to decorate a cake

The girls at the office, Nicole & Bridget were as glad for the unexpected Cheesecake Factory treat as I was! It was nice to share, because even a cake-aholic like me can't actually eat a whole cheesecake by myself.

National Cheesecake Day Celebration

I also took a slice of Celebration Cheesecake for my Cinema Sneak n Snack (#cinemasneaknsnack) at the movies later that evening to see Atomic Blonde (click for mini review) and brought a slice for my friend Bonnie, we also sneaked in soul food platters from Fresh Grocers across the street, but she ate her cheesecake first!

What do you like to eat at the movies?

Discount Offer: Dine at any participating Cheesecake Factory on 7/30 and/or 7/31 and get ANY SLICE of cheesecake for Half Price. Tell them Tinsel & Tine sent you!

Post Update 8/2/17

August 1st was my Mom's 80th Birthday and guess what? She requested for her bday cake-
Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory! Too bad I couldn't have just saved the celebration cheesecake. Instead we bought the original flavor cheesecake and added strawberries.

Happy 80th Birthday Mommy

So yeah, this is what our recycling looked like this morning:

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Check out the last time T&T was invited to Cheesecake Factory
during the unveiling of their new menu:
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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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