Interviewing 'The Fault in Our Stars' Author John Green on Movie Magic

A lot of excitement is surrounding the upcoming release of the film adaptation of the extremely popular young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. After interviewing him, I'm confident that the person most eager for the film’s release on June 6th has to be the book's author, John Green. This is the first of his books to hit the big screen (though many of his novels nearly made it) and definitely his most personal. It’s a film that deals with first love, illness, grief and coming of age, and the anticipation for the movie has been through the roof. ...more
I actually live in New York. I'm so glad you met John Green in person! He is truly awesome.  He ...more

Two Fiery Shows About Women and our BFFs

We haven’t had a profound shortage of female bonding orientated programming as of late. Girls on HBO, for example, is a gritty, realistic show about the real life jealousies and issues that develop between friends as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. But as much as I love it, it’s about women much younger than myself, and as much as I try to relate to Hannah, Marnie, Jess and Shoshanna, I realize that that the similarity factor can only go so far. ...more
debontherocks Thanks, Deb! Was just thinking I need some good Double X TV in my demo. Hope all's ...more

Facing Harsh Realities in '12 Years a Slave'

I'll make it clear up front. 12 Years a Slave is not an easy movie to watch.  It transports us back to a time in American history that makes us all feel incredibly uncomfortable.  I'll be honest, as much as I wanted to see this lauded film I worried it would be too devastating. But that's exactly why everyone needs to see the movie. We need to come face-to-face, eye-to-eye with the harsh realities of America's past, and the movie is so well done that it makes it possible for all of us to do this. ...more
Sooo difficult to watch. However, like Schindler's List, an important film everyone should see.more

'Girls' Is Back and Defining the Nature of Female Friendship

Girls is back. Now in its 3rd season, the show continues to explore the friendships between four 20-something women living in New York City. Now Hannah, played by Lena Dunham, is in a committed relationship with her on off again boyfriend, Adam, played by Adam Driver. The last time we saw her in season two, she was suffering a mental breakdown about to be saved by her ex-boyfriend who ran shirtless through the streets of Brooklyn to be by her side.  All it took was one phone call and he came. ...more
HollyRosen DanielleBarnsley I think it gets criticized because it's not like other shows out ...more

The Sound of Music Life Post Mortem: Its Impact on the Younger Generation

Over the last two days since the airing of “The Sound of Music Live,” I have observed harsh criticism and cackling about Carrie Underwood and the actual production itself.I could post thousands of these pieces of negative criticism about the show, but I won't - nor do I deny that I took part in some of the ridicule myself.  On Thursday night, my friends and I were gasping at the poor acting on Facebook.  We were questioning the hissing sound in the background. The comparisons to the original film were running rampant....more

Two Must-See Fall Films with Purpose

Two motion pictures hitting the screens this fall have important messages. One is a modern love story, the other a fictional piece of work about an important time in history.  They are different yet both have a common thread passing through their stories about the quickness and fragility of life.  ...more
I saw the movie About Time, last week and loved it. Apart from telling two people nearby off for ...more

Can You Know About Woody Allen's Scandals and Still Enjoy His Films?

Vanity Fair recently published a tease to the upcoming issue of the magazine that will feature an updated full-length article on Mia Farrow's family and the truth about their experiences with film director Woody Allen.  A small portion of the story is published online. Whether you're a fan of the director's or not,  you've most likely familar with the scandals related to child abuse allegations and his marriage to Farrow's daughter that have followed him for decades....more
theculturemom Thx for sharing. Allen's work is clearly more to you than it's ever been to me, so ...more

In Praise of Gandolfini's Last Movie, Nicole Holofcener's “Enough Said"

I knew I would love Enough Said.  It had my name written all over it. Besides, it was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, director ofWalking & Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money, and Please Give, four movies I adored. My sister worked on the production of Lovely & Amazing, and I went to the NYC premiere and even met Nicole Holofcener briefly. Her films speak volumes to me and to other women....more
I love the concept! And the cast sounds great. Your review definitely makes me want to see it ...more