There’ve been some new, fun things that I’ve written for various outlets that you may want to check out.
Firstly, my review of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is over at About.com.
It’s a great movie, and not quite what you expect.
I have a new column over at MTV’s NEXT MOVIE called Planet Fanboy. It’ll go live every Thursday, kinda in the middle of the day. The first one is a welcome post and the second one is how you should prepare for the first half of 2012.
“We Star Trek fans may celebrate the Talaxian holiday of Prixin of exclaim “Peldor joi!” during the Bajoran Gratitude Festival, but the fact remains that most of our family and friends are Terran. This means it is time, once again, for Thanksgiving.”
“The Descendants opens with a snapshot of the sublime. A beautiful woman is shown in close-up, coasting along in a motorboat on a summer day. If Merriam-Webster needed a photo to accompany their definition of “content,” this would more than suffice. After a fade to black, director Alexander Payne slowly begins to reveal the human drama beneath this one perfect moment in time.”
About a year ago my father revisited the kibbutz where he met my mother in 1962. Much had changed, a lot remained the same – like this barely-surviving piano. According to oft-repeated tales, he performed a much lauded concert for the young workers and citizen soldiers back in the day. Here’s how it sounded last year.
Martha Stewart tells Cindi Leive that she wants to get engaged on today’s The Martha Stewart Show
On today’s edition of THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW (Hallmark Channel, 10 AM ET/9 AM C – same day encore airing, 2 PM ET/next day airing, 1 PM ET), Glamour editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, joined Martha in the kitchen to prepare the legendary recipe credited for 72 documented engagements, Roasted Engagement Chicken, which has also served as the inspiration behind Cindi’s new cookbook, 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know, Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life. Martha revealed her ulterior motive to making this savory meal that has been served by many woman hoping their beaus will pop the question when she said “I want to get engaged, I want to make this chicken!”
Full soundbites are provided below and attached is a photo of Martha and Cindi from today’s show. Credit: David Steele/The Martha Stewart Show. If I can be of any additional assistance, please be in touch. Additional photos are available upon request.
What is a Vertigo shot? Also known as a dolly zoom, this is when a camera physically moves on track inward (or outward) while a zoom lens counters this move at the same speed. This creates a distortive effect, where a subject in focus will look the same, but the background will change in size.
I’ve seen David Byrne live a zillion times but I’ve never seen him play the stuff I love the most. Until now. “The Great Curve” live? He probably hasn’t done that since Adrian Belew and Bernie Worrell were in the touring band. Has “Help Me Somebody” ever been played live??
I’m still kinda getting my head around this show and its awesome, clever choreography – one of the best concerts I’ve seen in my entire life.
There are some awesome pics at Brooklyn Vegan. Jon Pareles in the New York Times must have been at some other show, as he panned it and, therefore, is an idiot. Further proof that print is dead! I further resolve never to buy a newspaper again (not that I’ve paid for a paper in years.)
Back when Letterman was still something of a local New York show, he’d often have Brother Theodore, the performance artist and concentration camp victim, on as a guest. There’s nothing like this happening anywhere, anytime. Schaffer’s music choice is a nice nod.
For some reason I have a summer cold (or sore throat at least) and it was too stinkin hot to go outside. So I stayed in. Did I take this opportunity to read one of the 50 or so unread books on my shelf? Did I take this opportunity to listen to new music? No – I mastered the art of running on walls in the 5 year old XBox game Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.
The joke was on me. After devoting (literally) hours to this endeavor – including one weak moment when I had to resort to the Internet to figure out how to find one particularly squirrrely secret passageway (I went to a website with three letters in it; I’m embarrassed to say which) – I was shocked to learn that I had only completed 10% of the game. I was CERTAIN I was nearing the end.