I know biopics often get a bad name, they can be cliched and predictable or the reverse, so creatively told that you lose the gist of the story and the heart of the intended subject. I tend to like them good or bad, from offerings like The Runaways (Cherie Currie & Joan Jett) which didn't quite hit the mark, to Ray (Ray Charles) and Walk The Line (Johnny Cash) that rightfully became critically acclaimed films. I'm just fascinated with the whole rise and fall aspect of telling life stories READ POST
David Oyelowo will star as Martin Luther King Jr in "Selma"
Looking forward to Eva DuVernay's (Producer:Oprah) "Selma" she'll be working again with one of my favorite actors David Oyelowo who also starred in her movie "Middle of Nowhere"
Recent Post: And So It Goes
Perhaps purposefully, art imitates life, as Oren's son, (Like Douglas' own son) because of or in-spite of a privileged up bringing, has screwed up his life with drugs. The one thing he's done right is produce an adorable 10 year-old daughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), who Oren meets when his son drops her off at his doorstep, as he's leaving to go serve time. READ POST
Personally, I still maintain, what made the book(s) a guilty pleasure can't be captured in a movie, it's just not the type of story that will translate well on screen. That being said, I'll still be the first one there come Valentine's Day 2015!Here's Tinsel & Tine's Review of the Books -My Two Cents on Fifty Shades of Grey (Book / Movie)
Recent Post: BELLE
#Belle is a beautifully shot film (on the Isle of Mann), the writing gives us many poignant thoughts and thought provoking dialogue. The romantic chemistry between Dido Belle and Mr. Davinier (Sam Reid) is what all us hopeless romantics look for in a movie. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw acts with such expression in her eyes, she's simply lovely (despite her unappealing name). I adore this movie! I also got such a delight every time someone referred to Dido as Miss Lindsay, as that's my last name, of course it makes me wonder, could I be a long, long lost relation?...READ MORE
YOU SHOULD STREAM: Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Director: Kenneth Branagh) Believe it or not, I've never seen The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger or The Sum of All Fears (movies featuring author Tom Clancy's character Jack Ryan) So why did I want to see this one? I didn't really, but I needed to see something in between the screening times of The Hobbit and Hercules.
The movie theorizes that eyes are like snowflakes, no two are the same. So if you were to find a match in the eye scanning database (which actually exists) of someone who's already dead, then it begs the question, would that be a glitch in the system? Or has that person returned for a second life, seeing things anew through their old eyes?READ MORE
Hot Movie Coming this Fall - ADDICTED
This rather reminds me of one of my favorite movies "Unfaithful"
SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.
DIRECTED BY: Bille Woodruff CAST: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Kat Graham, and William Levy SCREENPLAY BY: Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash
#ADDICTED opens in theaters nationwide on OCTOBER 10th, 2014!
Recent Post: Boyhood
How I wish I could have filmed the last 12-15 years of my life, because I swear it often feels like I've done nothing, barely enjoyed myself, have made no progress, can't think of a single anecdote to tell and the small significant moments of in-significances, just don't seem to be stored in my brain. But if I could look back at even one day of each year, I'm sure I would be so much happier with who I am, what I've experienced and how far I've come...READ POST
Recent Post: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
I'm sure every decade has a movie that you love because you're balling your eyes out; however, I truly think Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in #TFIOS could be what Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal were to Love Story for audiences in 1970.READ MORE
AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING
Latest distribution from AFFRM - VANISHING PEARLS:Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe à la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast.
Recent Post: Cake Competition Recap
If you read this blog frequently, you know I mention cake quite a lot. I'm a self-confessed cake-aholic, but I'm also a cake snob. I don't want just anything with icing on it, and in fact, it is crucial that the icing not be too sweet, too thick and preferably only on top. It's difficult to put into words what constitutes good cake, it's like describing a sunset or an orgasm, you just know it when you're in the moment of it...READ MORE
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"
Upcoming Event: Ya Gotta Try This
T&T next event coverage - Ya Gotta Try This TASTING PARTY to Benefit The Second Chance Foundation (@yagottatrythis) Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and District Attorney R. Seth Williams will host this inaugural event which will consist of the city’s most unforgettable bites and sips from two dozen top chefs and restaurants.MORE DETAILS
Recent Post: The Drop
I became a Tom Hardy fan from his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which wasn't a big role for him, but there was a sexy indolence about the way he played that character that caught my notice. My sister fell for him in This Means War, not the best spy rom/com, but I agree he's rather adorably charming in that flick. READ POST
Recent Post: Food Pairing Expert
T&T: A popular sushi roll in Philadelphia is called the Philly Roll (fresh salmon and cream cheese), other than a Chinese beer like Tsingtao or Japanese like Sapporo, what do you recommend? HERE'S THE ANSWER
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Recent post: The Trip to Italy
Absolutely nothing! But somehow the juxtaposition of so much pop-culture fodder, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's semi-autobiographical characters set against travel porn, makes The Trip to Italy a randomly amusing and thoroughly breathtaking flick.READ MORE
Recent Post: Tulip Clothing / Diner en Blanc
1st time attending Pop Up Gala Diner en Blanc READ POST for Recap and Interview with Dress Designer Amber Cuff
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Recent Post: SeaSalt Restaurant Review
Guest Bloggers: Russell & Kay Davis Wine Experts & Fashion Designer - Review Upscale Cape May Restaurant with tips on Wine pairings READ POST
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Recent Post: Goose Island Beer Tasting
We got to sample a number of interesting complex beers from a flavor prospective, however, my favorite was The Sofie, named for the founder's granddaughter. This Belgian Style Saison, is thirst quenching and definitely for the beer drinker who enjoys more flavors, less hops, like I do. To make the Sofie... READ MORE
Recent Post: Island of Lemurs:Madagascar
The film is short, less than 40 minutes long, just enough time to introduce us to the dangers threatening these animals and to learn more about their habitats. I thought my friend's 4 year-old son Nate would be mesmerized by these lemurs which are part monkey, part sloth, part koala bear, all cute, but he was bored 15 minutes in READ MORE
Recent Post: Writer/Director Interview: Fernando J. Scarpa
I got the opportunity to interview Fernando in the lobby of his Philadelphia hotel (The Alexander Inn) following the screening of his film; he was quite excited by the audience's reaction, as this was his first opportunity to watch the film with the public. I asked him to further explain the meaning behind "Doradus"; there's a lovely rendering in the film of a city reminiscent of Agra in India, created by the story board artist William Lippincott.READ MORE
WIN ROE Screening passes to Kelly & Cal - Contest runs from 9/11 -9/13
I have 10 (admit 2) screening passes to give away for the Run of Engagement (ROE) of ”Kelly & Cal” starring Juliette Lewis This movie won the SXSW 2014 Gamechanger Award ENTER HERE
Recent Post: Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off
Getting around to all 20 would have been ambitious, even eating half dogs, but I did taste a respectable 10, which I have given Tine Ratings - * Excellent - 4 Tines * Great - 3 Tines * Good - 2 Tines * Fair - 1 Tine * Poor - Tarnished, and placed in order of my least favorite to my most favorite. along with pictures of the actual 1st & 2nd place winning restaurants with their big checks! READ POST
RECENT POST: The Hundred-Foot Journey
Far too many foodie movies have not yet been covered on Tinsel & Tine despite the fact they speak to my brand. I was about to miss another opportunity with The Hundred-Foot Journey, (Produced by Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey) as I had conflicts with both screenings, but to the rescue, my foodie friend and fellow blogger Denine Gorniak - The Bicycle-Chef, who covered the Prince Music Theater screening, which included a post panel discussion with Philly Chefs - Marc Summer and Marc Vetri, and as you'll read, she did fabulous job! READ POST
Recent Post: LUCY
Ready for Scarlett Johansson to perform “Through the Wormhole”-esq feats with Morgan Freeman conveniently there to explain it all? By Tinsel & Tine Blog Contributor: Sam Watson “Lucy” was written and directed by Luc Besson, and judging from the trailer, I wasn't quite sure what to make of this movie - Would it be straight up science fiction? Or be similar to recent comic book flicks in which we see characters develop superhuman abilities? - I wasn't sure, and after seeing the film, I don’t think it nails down what it is, either...READ POST
RECENT POST: GUARDIANS of the GALAXY
When I saw the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy months ago, I in no way added it to my must see list, it looked ridiculous, it put me in mind of Matt Groening's Futurama, which has never grabbed me. So, I skipped the first press screening. Then we got a second chance to see it, in K of P, where I work, so I decided why not - SO GLAD I SAW THIS MOVIE - it's a hoot! < a href = "http://www.tinseltine.com/2014/07/best-summer-movie-of-2014-guardians-of.html"target="blank">READ MORE
The tri-state region’s largest environmental festival is bigger than ever with live music, free demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, healthy eats Food Trucks, and even edible bugs!FIND OUT MORE
Recent Post: Debbie Allen Does Philly
Debbie Allen graciously gave a free "Inside the Actors Studio" type visit to Philly at International House on July 2, 2014. Full of saucy humor and passion, Ms. Allen lectured on creativity, her life's journey, what it means to be an artist, her relationship with her sister Phylicia Rashād, the 18 years it took to get AMISTAD made and so much more... Click HERE to see video excerpt of her address to us lucky enough to attend this inspiring and insightful event.
Recent Post: Wish I Was Here
When a filmmaker is prolific, like a Steven Soderbergh before his "retirement", we tend to allow each movie to stand on its own merit; but when the filmmaker does one movie and then waits 10 years to do another, it's impossible not to compare it to the first offering. Thus, I suppose Wish I Was Here was going to have to be truly, truly brilliant to keep people from saying - it's no Garden State. T &T's LAMB Score: 3 outta 5 READ FULL POST
Recent Post: The Purge Anarchy
My plus 1 for this movie was my friend David, who agreed with me that the execution of how Americans would react to the institution of a national night of legal killing, is spot on - who would participate, who would be the victims, how the appeal and type of participation would differ based on economics and class. However, he doesn't believe there would ever be a government bent on downsizing the poor, not because of the moral, Godly issue of it, but because our economy he said, would tank; that their must always be a lower income and poverty level in every society to keep the inflation from going even higher than we're currently experiencing.READ MORE
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Recent Post: Philadelphia Independent Film Festival: Going Up
Writer/Director Todd Douglas Bailey personally wrote asking if I would attend the screening of his set in Philadelphia film Going Up a comedy/drama about a young husband and wife whose marriage falls apart over trivial things, that Mars vs Venus kinda stuff - like women tend to want the togetherness shared during dating to continue, where guys after having landed their bride, tend to want to get back to hanging with their friends and playing X-Box. This makes women less interested in intimacy, which gets men thinking marriage means no sex etc...READ POST
Recent Post: Vendy Awards Recap
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FREE SCREENING of Writer/Director Richard Linklater’s ("Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset") new film BOYHOOD- Filmed over 12 years with the same cast. Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.ENTER TO WIN
Glowing Review of Tinsel & Tine by The Bicycle-Chef
LeAnne started blogging for a class assignment a few years back. In her funny, irreverent style, she was challenged to think of a pithy blog name and she blurted out, Suck My Pretty Toes! For a year or two, she blogged under this moniker, writing about her favorite pastimes, eating and seeing movies. As her audience grew and her hobby became a bigger passion, she changed the name over to Tinsel and Tine Reel and Dine, to reflect her blog's mission. Tinsel being Hollywood, aka, Tinsel Town. And Tine for the tines of a fork. Making it a bit more clever, she rates her food and restaurant reviews on a scale of fork tines; none, one, two, three, four, as a restaurant or the meal deserves...READ MORE
Think Like A Man Too Philly Interview: Meagan Good & Michael Ealy
Got a chance to not only be among the media photogs at the "Think Like A Man Too" red carpet, but I also got to interview Meagan Good and Michael Ealy SEE POST
PAST EVENT: Book to Film Philly Event featuring "If I Stay" and "This is Where I Leave You"
Recent Post: T & T Contrib Interview w/ Creative Talent behind OCULUS
Mike Flanagan (writer, director): I love watching them (horror movies), is the biggest thing. I think that any kind of really intense, emotional response you’re going to have to a movie is really exciting and I don’t know if there’s an emotion that you can feel as acutely as the fear you feel from a really good horror movie. I love being scared!READ MORE
Recent Post: WORDS & PICTURES
hmmm... my description sounds darker then the movie's actual tone- director, Fred Schepisi & writer Gerald Di Pego, have created something far from an angst ridden drama, it's just the themes I described keep it from being an ordinary rom/com, albeit for an over 30 audience READ MORE
Recent Post: I HOUSE BRAZILIAN BBQ RECAP
I spoke with the man behind the grill, Mark of Kuzina by Sofia in Cherry Hill NJ, who treated us to pork spare ribs, lamb chops, large chicken legs, filet Mignon, in addition to all the buffet sides which included two of my favorites, couscous and assorted olives of every size and color. I asked Mark what's the secret to a Brazilian Barbeque? His reply, in addition to the importance of the spices, is using the right woods, smoked out a day or two ahead of cooking the meats, so when the wood is re-used the smokey flavor is already present...READ MORE
Recen Post: X-Men Days of Future Past
My new favorite Mutant is Quicksilver (Evan Peters). He's super, crazy fast, so much so he has time to not only stop a bullet, but play with it during its trajectory. The rescue of Eric/Magneto from the Pentagon features the crackerjack, swiftness of Quicksilver, at the end of the scene the audience at my screening exploded into loud clapping appreciation. More audience appreciation came surprisingly from the men at this screening, when a naked, cut and so sexy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) checks himself out in a mirror READ MORE
1tin·sel Pronunciation: \ˈtin(t)-səl something superficially attractive or glamorous but of little real worth.
“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” 1) Do they bring bread before the meal? 2) Is the bread good enough to be worth all the extra carb calories? 3) Is the bread warm? 4) Are you offered both room temperature butter and an olive oil dipping sauce? 5) Do they offer to bring you more bread!
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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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