Perhaps I’m being influenced by the ubiquitous coverage and postings on Facebook that discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York and is trickling throughout various cities. But, In Time might actually be trying to disguise itself as an allegory aimed at the class differences in this country. Or not. Admittedly, there are some […]



About six months ago, my block in Astoria was papered with pink NO PARKING signs vowing to tow anything that disrupted the filming of  a movie. Within the massive trailers, reclusive celebrities hid until it was time for their close-ups, and along the sidewalk, non-celebrities grazed on coffee and donuts, spoke into walkie talkies, and removed wandering […]



Cheers to those who got their smurf on over the weekend at South Street Seaport in New York City, where hundreds of blue-faced, Phrygian cap-wearing participants in Global Smurfs Day “joined dedicated fans in ten other cities to smash the world record for the biggest gathering of Smurfs in 24 hours.” And, for those of you paying […]



Well, if Warner Bros. is going to scrape the bottom of the barrel for superheroes, it makes sense that they would choose a superhero who was essentially scraped from the bottom of the barrel. For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I had a Green Lantern action figure when I was a kid, and he […]



As if they were recovering from a bad breakup by trying to mimic and outdo the other, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis have both charted their trajectory from Black Swan toward movies where each female protagonist is just looking for a little symbiotic carnal catharsis. Natalie Portman, fresh off her Academy Award win for Best Actress, began […]



When a martini has that perfect balance of vodka and vermouth, enhanced by chips of shaken ice and the salty touch of an olive, you record your measurements for repeated imbibing pleasure. When filet mignon is seared the appropriate length of time so that it melts in your mouth, you do your best to duplicate that touch and taste. […]



I’m not sure how many more movies can be carried on the trope of infantile adults, though Bad Teacher is going to try its damnedest, primarily by having its main character Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) respond to criticism with a pubescent teenager’s “Oooooh,” perhaps leaving out the “I’m so scared,” but this is a bet I would […]



It seems a bit futile to discuss a Martin Lawrence film in the Gladiators forum because logically, it will just be relegated to a worm working its way from a feline bowel to a desert of clumping crystals, but there’s something to be said for the third incarnation of a character who was hardly funny the first […]



While my first instinct is to avoid analyzing a trailer to uncover the potential validity of the new Amanda Seyfried reincarnation of Red Riding Hood, something holds me back from my charge toward complete obloquy, though it’s tricky given that the film is being marketed to audiences by noting it is “From the director of Twilight,” and […]



I am less boggled by whether or not the Raelean’s have figured out the true origins of life on Earth as I am by the enigma that is Adam Sandler, a comic who had moments of cult-comedy brilliance in Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore and the occasional holiday-song parody that sympathetically tugs at our turkey-loving heartstrings or […]