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The Endless Summer

The Beach Party Blogathon is devoted to the grooviest and swingingest beach-related movies around, hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. For a complete list of participating bloggers, visit the link at Speakeasy.The Endless SummerNetflix stream viewingI've never had any great interest in surfing. When I think of the beach, I'm reminded of my days in summer camp as a child, and we did a whole lot more splashing around and dunking each other than we did surfing. I vaguely recall experimenting with a b... read more »

QWFF 2015 Day 4: And then it snowed

It snowed. On the first day of spring, it snowed. Actually, it wasn't as terrible as it sounds; it's more the timing, I think, that has bothered everybody. And can you blame us?This winter wasn't as brutal as last winter, but it felt almost as bad, and for a brief moment, it looked as if we had finally put it behind us. It's like the killers in horror movies - never count 'em out until you're absolutely sure they're out! (Sometimes not even then.)I came to P.S. 69, the third venue for the Queens World Fi... read more »

QWFF 2015 Day 2: They say it's your birthday

St. Patrick's Day always comes right before my birthday, but Tuesday night was the first time I had ever bothered to take advantage of it by getting drunk the night before. Who cares if everyone else is getting plastered for a completely different reason? I've always considered myself a kind of honorary Irish by virtue of being born the day after, anyway!The crazy part is that it only took me one beer to get drunk! But that one beer looked like this. I think the bar where the Queens World Film Festival O... read more »

QWFF 2015 Day 1: Parental guidance

Five years may not seem like a big milestone, but for the Queens World Film Festival, it's a sign of rapid and remarkable growth. From its humble beginnings, it has drawn together the Queens film community at large and linked it up with filmmakers worldwide, giving independent films of every stripe an opportunity to shine.Credit, as always, must go to the dynamic duo who put it all together, Don Katha Cato. The amount of energy and passion they put into this festival, as well as the truckloads of genuin... read more »

'Wrong man' of Hitch film to be feted

Henry Fonda as Manny Balestrero in 'The Wrong Man'The man who inspired theAlfred Hitchcocksuspense film “The Wrong Man”will have a street co-named for him in the neighborhood that served as the backdrop for the classic 1956 flick.Manny Balestrero, an Elmhurst father, husband and musician who was cast into the spotlight after he was falsely accused of a robbery in 1953, will be honored with Manny “The Wrong Man” Balestrero Way at 73rd Street and 41st Avenue.According to Balestrero’s youngest son Greg, the... read more »

Requiem for the video store, part 3: It's dead,...

...There was a mythos that everybody was an asshole there — like you would get serious attitude from the clerks. I’m a very jovial and gregarious person, and I didn’t play it like that. I talked about all the movies and all the staff really got along. When I was there, there was never any attitude that wasn’t fun. But I’d make mix tapes and always wind up playing them too loud. The customers would complain — they’re trying to pick a movie and the music’s blasting. All my connections today come from that ... read more »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apesseen @ Movieworld, Douglaston, NY7.15.14So you wanna be a leader, do you?Understandable. When you're a leader, you're the star of the show. You're the one who gets to sit in the captain's chair. Everything that happens revolves around you. What you say goes and everyone has to listen to you because they all know you're the smartest, the bravest, the strongest. And they'll follow you into hell if you say so because they believe in you.You better make sure you read the fine pr... read more »

Kaufman, MOMI to be part of Queens art district

A new arts district in Queens will promote Astoria to visitors and potential new venues, local elected officials will announce Friday at the Kaufman Astoria Studios.The 94-year-old film studio, which once set the stage for classic Marx Brothers movies and the Cosby Show, will partner with the Queens Council on the Arts and the Museum of the Moving Image to promoteart in the 24 block zone.This is wonderful news. To anyone who has been aware of the changes taking place in the Astoria/Long Island City area ... read more »

QWFF Day 3: Hands across the water

Iconoclastic director Spike Lee recently made some statements about the changing, gentrifying face of New York in general and Brooklyn in particular. Whether or not you think gentrification is a good thing is a separate issue. What had me thinking, especially after writing about the changes to Long Island City and Astoria yesterday, was how this issue relates to Queens. I've lived in both East Elmhurst and now Jamaica; I remember how Queens used to look and I'm familiar with how it looks now, and while I... read more »

QWFF Day 2: Out on the fringes

Long Island City is right up against the edge of Queens, facing the East River. For Manhattanites, it's the first stop off of the Queensborough Bridge, but for me, living all the way the hell in the southeastern part of the borough, it's as far away as you can get before you start to swim, and in recent years, I've begun to feel that distance. LIC, andAstoria to the north, are becoming the hip places to be in Queens now, and for a Kew lifer like me, I still find it hard to believe that we could ever be c... read more »

West Side Story

West Side Story last seen @ United Palace, New York, NY 2.23.14 The closest I've ever come to achieving what some call love at first sight happened when I was in my mid-20s. It was at a public gathering. I'm pretty sure it wasn't quite instantaneous; I think I talked to her for a couple of minutes at least, before I knew. Looks was a small part of it, though she was definitely cute. It was more like I just knew how intelligent and funny and lively and sweet she had to be, without even knowing so much... read more »

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castleseen @ Ample Hills, Brooklyn NY2.6.13One could hardly blame me for thinking, as a child, that all Japanese animation was about giant robots, wicked-cool looking tech stuff, and prepubescent-looking girls. As I've written about before, TV shows like Battle of the Planets and films like Akira cemented those impressions in my mind for a long time.I remember this one kid from high school who would draw nothing but giant robots and Pacific Rim-style mecha armor. Later, I had a close friend... read more »

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davisseen @ Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens, Queens, NY12.22.13When I was in high school, I had this mild aspiration to be a musician. Part of it was my sister's influence. She's a singer, who performs in a band with her husband. They're good, too - they play semi-frequently around the New York area, playing RB and pop cover songs. When I was in high school, she went with me to Sam Ash to help pick out a keyboard for me. I had taken lessons on the organ when I was younger and whaddya know,... read more »

Drivers Wanted

Drivers Wantedseen @ 55 Stan, Long Island City, NY9.7.13The stereotype of the out-of-control New York taxi driver has been exacerbated in recent weeks as a result of a bizarre story that hit the front pages: a cabbie hit a cyclist in midtown Manhattan and dragged him partway down a block before hitting a pedestrian, severing her leg. The cabbie blamed the cyclist for the crash, but that didn't prevent him from getting a 30-day suspension. For a guy with a history of reckless driving, who admitted that he... read more »

Across 110th Street

Across 110th Streetseen @ Mid-Manhattan Library, New York, NY7.3.13I don't get up to Harlem much. Manhattan is a huge island, with much to see, but eight years of high school and college in or near the midtown area kind of conditioned me to favor the lower half of Manhattan. So it's not just Harlem I don't visit much; I don't see Washington Heights or Inwood a whole lot either. (For those of you who've never been to NYC, these are neighborhoods at the far northern end of Manhattan.)I've certainly spent t... read more »

Better Mus' Come

Better Mus' Comeseen @ AMC Empire 25, New York, NY3.16.13So what, if anything, does Jamaica, Queens and JAMAICA Jamaica have in common? Not a whole lot, based on what I know of the latter. There is a visible Caribbean presence here; for example, in Queens and Brooklyn there are privately-owned commuter vans that supplement the city buses and are cheaper (though not by much), and many of them are run by Caribbeans. On the rare occasions I use one of them, I always hear reggae music playing in the van's CD... read more »

News and links

The most important news - for me, at least - is that the Queens World Film Festival returns next week, and once again I'll be there to cover it. It's a long one this year, March 5-10, but I'll do my best to cover as much of it as I can. I was not prepared for the level of hospitality and generosity I received from festival heads Don and Katha Cato last year, which included being invited to Don's birthday party last summer, which I totally did not expect. Therefore, I'm fondly looking forward to returning... read more »

My Brooklyn

My Brooklynseen @ reRun @ reBar, DUMBO, Brooklyn2.2.13The first time I worked in Brooklyn was in 2004. It was in Park Slope. For those of you who are unaware, this is one of the most popular, and heavily coveted, neighborhoods in all of Brooklyn, in large measure because of the beautiful brownstone buildings lying amidst tree-lined streets, next to Prospect Park. I had passed through it before when I was younger, but only fleetingly. Now, I would work there and experience everyday life there.Eventually I... read more »

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlasseen @ Cinemart Cinemas, Forest Hills, Queens, NY11.29.12Awhile back, when I was still writing my online comics column, I did a piece about a woman named Hilda Terry. I met her late in her life - her career went all the way back to the 40s, when she did a newspaper strip named Teena. She was, in fact, one of the first prominent women cartoonists in America. She went on to other accomplishments in her long life, but one of the most significant aspects of her personality was her belief in past l... read more »

King Kong (1976)

King Kong (1976)seen on TV @ AMC11.16.12I only visited the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once. It was during college, and I'm fairly certain it was before the first time terrorists attacked it, in 1993. It was nothing particularly noteworthy. I was with friends, and I remember getting a touch of vertigo from looking down on Manhattan from the observation deck.That first attack scared the crap out of my friend Becky at the time. Becky's from a tiny little town upstate, going to college in the city... read more »

Battle for Brooklyn

Battle for Brooklynseen @ the Dean Street playground, Brooklyn, NY9.28.12Even if you're not a sports fan, chances are you've heard by now of the new sports arena that has been built in Brooklyn, the Barclays Center, at the nexus of several major thoroughfares in the heart of the borough. The one-percenters responsible for its creation would have you believe that it'll elevate the borough's cultural profile in the eyes of the world, as well as restore Brooklyn's glory and pride because a spectacularly med... read more »

The Muppets Take Manhattan

The Muppets Take Manhattanlast seen @ High Line Movies @The High Line, New York NY9.6.12The next time you visit New York, make sure you spend an afternoon on the High Line. The High Line is a totally unique reappropriation of public space that's unlike anything you've ever seen. Located on the far west side of Manhattan, running up Chelsea and into Midtown, it used to be a set of elevated train tracks for freight usage. It fell out of use in 1980 and laid fallow for many years until 1999, when the idea t... read more »

Red Hook Summer

Red Hook Summerseen @ AMC Magic Johnson Theaters, New York NY8.16.12In the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, the noted scientist and outspoken atheist devotes an entire chapter to the way organized religion can be harmful to children's development. He makes a strong case for giving them the opportunity to think for themselves while they're still starting out in the world:...I thank my own parents for taking the view that children should be taught not so much what to think as how to think. If, hav... read more »

Zombieland

Zombielandseen @ Red Hook Flicks @ Valentino Pier, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY8.7.12Red Hook, like many a Brooklyn neighborhood before it, is currently in the slow process of gentrification, but in this case, the process puzzles me a bit for one simple, but vital reason: it feels cut off from the rest of Brooklyn. In a literal sense, it is: one has to cross the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to get there. However, it's also relatively far from the nearest subway.There are buses, of course. There are always buses.... read more »

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wildseen @ Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens, Queens, NY7.17.12New York, for better or for worse, is my home, the place that shaped who I am, but it's always been difficult for me to be fully attached to it. I'm not one of those types who crow about how it's the greatest city in the world and this and that, though there are, of course, lots of things about this city that are unique and spectacular. Without going into a laundry list of things I hate about it, though (not the point of... read more »

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Storylast seen @ The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY6.28.12Years ago, a close friend gave me a gift: it was an anthology CD of Carpenters cover songs. It wasn't as if I was a Carpenters fan; she just thought it'd be something I'd like. And I did. I was naturally familiar with a few of the songs, like "Close To You" and "Top of the World" (my mother always liked that song, as I recall), but hearing them with a bit of a harder edge was a definite improvement.I vaguely ... read more »

Nights of Cabiria

Nights of Cabiriaseen on TV @ TCM6.18.12Years ago, I saw a Broadway musical, one of the very few Broadway musicals I've ever seen, called The Life. It was about the old Times Square, centered around a group of pimps and hos and hustlers making their way the only way they know how, hoping to one day escape "the life." It was an ensemble, but if any character was the main one, it was this ho named Queenie who has the most to lose and everything to gain in trying to leave the life behind with her lover - bu... read more »

Rent

Rentlast seen on TV @ FX6.13.12Hope you're sitting comfortably... this'll be a long one.I've written before about Greenwich Village and how it's always been one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York. I think I've always favored, however slightly, the east side of the Village over the west side. I've worked there; for a month, I lived there; and I have stronger memories there, of good times and bad.In high school, I took art classes at Cooper Union, a prestigious art college in the East Village, in add... read more »

The Black Stallion

The Horseathon is an event devoted to horses in the movies, hosted by My Love of Old Hollywood. For a complete list of participating blogs, visit the host site. The Black Stallionfirst seen in Queens, NY1979I have this memory of seeing The Black Stallion with my mother (and perhaps my sister too) when it came out, at a movie theater somewhere in Queens, possibly Flushing. The theater has been gone for many years, though, and I'm still not completely sure which one it was. I have a feeling that it was in... read more »

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012)seen @ UA Kaufman Studios Cinema 14, Long Island City, Queens, NY5.4.12The truth is, I don't ever recall being ostracized for reading comic books as a kid. I remember certain friends I shared them with, though those weren't many. My parents were never opposed to them; in fact, my father used to drive me to the comic shop on Saturdays at one point. I never felt protective of my level of fandom as a child. I never had to justify it in any way, and I suppose in that I was lucky.At some po... read more »

High Fidelity

High Fidelitylast seen @ Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn NY3.6.12The first time I heard about Nick Hornby was in a comic book. The protagonist was a book store clerk, and in one scene he's trying to impress a new co-worker, a young and attractive girl. She eventually mentions how much she liked High Fidelity (this was back when the book was still relatively recent). So when the film version came out a few years later, I remembered the name. As it happened, I was with a friend who wanted to see it, but ... read more »

QWFF Post-script: Queens logic

Ever since I returned to New York, the way I view this city has changed in many ways. Recently, I've found myself preferring the atmosphere of Queens (and Brooklyn) to that of Manhattan. In fact, you could say I've re-discovered my home borough over the past months, taking in sights and places I either hadn't been to in years or are learning about for the first time, and it was this re-exploration that led to me finding out about QWFF and wanting to be a part of it.The reason why I've been writing about ... read more »

QWFF Day 4: The next generation

The Queens World Film Festival is a four-day event which showcases films from around the world at venues within the New York City borough of Queens. Throughout this weekend, I'll write about select films from the show, as well as highlights from the presentation. For more information about the festival, visit the website.I was born in East Elmhurst, but even as a kid I always thought of Jackson Heights and Corona as part of what I considered my neighborhood. Partially because I was never entirely sure wh... read more »

QWFF Day 3: A gay-all time

The Queens World Film Festival is a four-day event which showcases films from around the world at venues within the New York City borough of Queens. Throughout this weekend, I'll write about select films from the show, as well as highlights from the presentation. For more information about the festival, visit the website.The Roosevelt Avenue/Broadway bus and subway hub in Jackson Heights is all renovated and modern now, but I can't help but see it the way I remember it, when it was a little less sleek. F... read more »

QWFF Day 2: What's up, doc?

The Queens World Film Festival is a four-day event which showcases films from around the world at venues within the New York City borough of Queens. Throughout this weekend, I'll write about select films from the show, as well as highlights from the presentation. For more information about the festival, visit the website.I've written about my earliest memories of Jackson Heights and the theaters I frequented, those that are long gone and those that remain. 37th Avenue is a busy commercial stretch that I ... read more »

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spyseen @ Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens, Queens, NY12.27.11Don't ask me to explain Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I can't - beyond, of course, the very basic premise of looking for the mole within England's MI6. I knew going into this movie that this wasn't gonna have any James Bond-type shenanigans, but I thought there'd at least be a healthy amount of action to it. Haven't we come to expect a little action in spy movies? I dunno. The worst part is that I was really looking forward ... read more »

Pariah

Pariahseen @ Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens, NY12.17.11So the last time I wrote about the Museum of the Moving Image was to talk about the Jim Henson exhibit currently on display. I didn't go much into the fact that MOMI plays all kinds of new and old movies on a regular basis, which is awesome because most of the time they come with a special guest or guests of some sort to talk about the film afterwards, be it the filmmakers or the actors or a film critic or historian.I don't think I've ta... read more »

My Afternoons with Margueritte

My Afternoons with Margueritteseen @ North Shore Towers Twin Cinema, Floral Park NY11.10.11She's back.Actually, she's been back for less than a couple of weeks, but after three months traipsing around Spain and France, Andi finally came home on Halloween. And although I'm certainly glad to have her back, she insists she would've stayed in Europe much longer if she could. She loves it over there.As I'd talked about before, she went hiking on a cross-country trek called the Camino de Santiago, a spiritual ... read more »

Moneyball

Moneyballseen @ Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, Jamaica, Queens, NY9.27.11I first found out about the book Moneyball several years ago from a different baseball book, which made a number of passing references to it as a shorthand metaphor for the changing nature of the game. I, of course, didn't understand the reference at the time, so I looked it up and decided I wanted to read this book too. I had long ago stopped following baseball on a regular basis, but I never abandoned my love of the game itself. I kne... read more »

Urbanworld FF: Brooklyn Boheme

The Urbanworld Film Festival is a showcase for filmmakers and actors of color, presented at the AMC 34th Street in New York City. For more information on the festival and to see the full 2011 schedule of films, visit the website.Brooklyn Boheme, the opening night film at the 2011 Urbanworld Film Festival, is a documentary co-directed by notable black culture writer and filmmaker Nelson George (with Diane Paragas) about the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill and the thriving black arti... read more »

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Pornofirst seen @ Arena Grand Theatre, Columbus OH2008At the Third Avenue video store, we had a decent sized porn section. It was all the way in the back, to the left of the register as you entered the store. This was in the late 90s, so everything was still VHS. The oversized boxes ('cause size matters, dont'cha know) were hung on pegs on both sides of a tiny little alcove. The bathroom, appropriately enough, was at the end of the little hall (but only we held the key to it; it was ... read more »

Metropolis

Metropolislast seen @ Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY8.4.11As often as I hang out in Brooklyn, I don't go to Prospect Park that often, though I try to whenever I can. It's a wonderful park, with all sorts of attractions in and around it - Grand Army Plaza, the library, the museum and the botanical gardens are all within its vicinity; the Bandshell and the Zoo are among its major highlights, and downtown Brooklyn is only minutes away. Since I never grew up in Brooklyn or went to s... read more »

My dream movie theater

My initial impulse would be to take the Jackson and renovate it. (This is all, of course, assuming money is not an issue.) That place has many of the elements I would want in a movie theater: it's small (three screens), it's easily accessible to public transportation, it has an old-fashioned marquee where one can see everything that's playing at a glance. I wonder, however, whether or not it's too small. I might prefer something more like the Drexel - a stylish Art Deco look, with a few more screens, plu... read more »

The Wrong Man

This is the My Hometown Blogathon, the first WSW theme week doubling as a blogathon. The goal is discussing movies set in one's hometown, or at the very least, the general area of one's birth. All this week I'll write about movies set in my home borough of Queens. Check back on July 23 for a list of participating bloggers in this blogathon.The Wrong Manseen online via YouTube7.21.11I discovered that Alfred Hitchcock had made a film set in Queens while preparing this blogathon and I was pretty excited abo... read more »

Coming to America

This is the My Hometown Blogathon, the first WSW theme week doubling as a blogathon. The goal is discussing movies set in one's hometown, or at the very least, the general area of one's birth. All this week I'll write about movies set in my home borough of Queens. Check back on July 23 for a list of participating bloggers in this blogathon.Coming to Americalast seen online via YouTube7.20.11Queens Boulevard runs through the heart of Queens and is our most popular and commercial street. Starting in downto... read more »

Frequency

This is My Hometown Week, the first WSW theme week doubling as a blogathon. The goal is discussing movies set in one's hometown, or at the very least, the area of one's birth. All this week I'll write about movies set in my home borough of Queens. Check back on July 23 for a list of participating bloggers in this blogathon.Frequency seen online via YouTube7.16.11I feel about the 1986 Mets the way most long-time Mets fans feel about the 1969 Mets. That entire year of 1986 was something of a landmark for m... read more »

The Terminal

This is the My Hometown Blogathon, the first WSW theme week doubling as a blogathon. The goal is discussing movies set in one's hometown, or at the very least, the general area of one's birth. All this week I'll write about movies set in my home borough of Queens. Check back on July 23 for a list of participating bloggers in this blogathon.The Terminallast seen online via YouTube7.15.11Whenever I think of Queens I inevitably think of airplanes. I've lived in both the northern and southern parts of the Ne... read more »

Mr. Hulot's Holiday

Mr. Hulot's Holidayseen @ Films on the Green Festival, Tompkins Square Park, New York NY7.1.11The differences between Greenwich Village's two major parks, Tompkins Square Park and Washington Square Park, are profound. Where the latter has straight, direct paths from all sides, the former has winding paths covered by the foliage from the trees. WSP has the fountain and the arch; TSP has handball and basketball courts. WSP attracts more street musicians and buskers, not to mention tourists. TSP is more of ... read more »

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The Queer Film Blogathon is a month-long event celebrating gay cinema presented by the site Garbo Laughs. For a complete list of participating blogs, visit the host site. The final list of blog posts will go up June 27, 2011. Hedwig and the Angry Inch seen @ Rock and Roll Summer, Coney Island Museum, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 6.25.11 Two years ago, the state legislature here in New York voted to deny gays the right to legally marry. It was a bit of a shock, to say the least. New York has been a le... read more »

Paris is Burning

The Queer Film Blogathon is a month-long event celebrating gay cinema presented by the site Garbo Laughs. For a complete list of participating blogs, visit the host site. The final list of blog posts will go up June 27, 2011.Paris is Burninglast seen online via YouTube6.5.11Head west down Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, past the West Side Highway, and you'll reach the Hudson River Park, which is part of a huge greenway going up and down the west side of Manhattan. I like this park. I come here e... read more »




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