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Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine) is about discovering what I find pleasing in Film & Food -  My post/commentary are from the perspective of someone who truly reveres good storytelling, and possesses a voracious appetite.

Although I also write about my dining experiences and food events, the blog is primarily film-centric. My writing style weaves together personal anecdotes and observations in conjunction with film reviews, reporting from film festivals and preview film screenings. Not to mention, whenever possible, highlighting the simpatico of food in film!

Tinsel & Tine encourages blog contributors. Please send
your film festival experiences - from big and small film festivals - pictures, short reviews, long reviews, food & film tie-ins, report on the celebrities, the atmosphere etc... Feel free to share your festival coverage during or after the festival.  (Blogging credit only compensation).



Tinsel & Tine's Quick Commentary on "Terri", "Living on Love Alone" and "Womb"

Terri - Director, Azazel Jacobs / Featuring John C. Reilly

Quick About: Terri, a low-keyed, pajama clad, kindhearted, over-sized kid (Jacob Wysocki)
is coming of age in some woodsy middle America, expected to take care
of his Alzheimer stricken Uncle and still get to school on time.

Pleasing: The dark humor that always accompanies these types of
slice of life, Indy dramas. More interesting than the relationship Terri
develops with the school's Vice Principal (Reilly) is the casual
friendship that takes place between him and the other outcast of the
school, Chad (Bridger Zadina); this scrawny kid, yanking himself bald, is a powder keg looking for a match.

Not So Pleasing: It's pretty typical stuff throughout, a bit long, and it's disappointing that Terri never stops wearing the PJ's.

Summary: John C. Reilly is such a talented actor, and it's
understandable that he'd be drawn to this quiet film; but for a change, I
really didn't see where Reilly brought something unique to the role.

Living on Love Alone (D'amour et d'eau fraiche) Director Isabelle Czajka

Quick About: Julie a 23 year-old recent college graduate searches
for an entry level career position; gets fired twice and while deciding
on her next move meets a dark, sexy, amateur gangster, Ben (Pio Marmai), who leads her down a bad path.

Pleasing: The beautifully shot nudity, both male and female. Actress, Anais Demoustier's natural and relatable portrayal of Julie.

Not So Pleasing: The
plot development is interminably long. Her struggles with work were
particularly depressing and anxiety causing for me. Although the film is
subtitled, the struggles of finding employment, constantly having to
sell yourself for jobs you don't have any interest in doing anyway, is
the same in any language.

Summary: Would have liked to get to the "Bonnie and Clyde" stuff
much sooner. The description in the film guide actually reads, exciting
and fast-paced - NOT

Womb (German, Hungary, France) - Director, Benedek Fliegauf

Quick About: Adolescent, Rebecca (Eva Green) and Tommy (Matt Smith)
meet on a very cold beach and develop a deep friendship. Rebecca is
visiting her aged grandfather, but soon moves to Japan with her mother
and doesn't reunite with Tommy until they are young adults. All is
beautiful until Tommy is killed in a car accident and Rebecca decides to
birth a new Tommy through artificial inseminating cloning.

Pleasing: Eva Green (I first discovered her in my recent post about the new show Camelot click HERE
for post) She acts with her eyes and I like the enigmatic quality she
brings to this role. The unfolding of Rebecca and Tommy's friendship,
shot with small, child-like scenes of little dialog and lots of
atmosphere. The intentionally claustrophobic nature of the relationship
between Rebecca and the Tommy clone; enhanced by their isolated little
cabin on the beach.

Not So Pleasing: The scratched film stock, at first I assumed was
intentionally used as effect, but later realized the film needs
restoring. The constant cold, frigid weather of every single scenes, the
slow, snails pace build up to absolutely nothing. In fact, they
actually use a snail as a symbol of love between Rebecca and the
original Tommy.

Summary: Well, you know I'm a Sci-fi junkie and love to think about stuff like cloning.  Even though the movie Never Let Me Go
(come to think of it that clone's name was Tommy too) has some
unevenness, I liked the manner in which that film handled the subject. Womb
tries to do the same by making the concept an established, somewhat
familiar part of life. However, the desire of this film was not to
discuss cloning, but rather explore the taboo of the Oedipal complex.

Line for first screening of "Cost of a Soul"

The big success of the festival is a gritty tale set in North Philadelphia, made by Philly filmmaker, Sean Kirkpatrick and features many local actors. Cost of a Soul,
is a story about two vets returning home from Iraq to find their own
home life is more dangerous than the war they just fought.

Crowd scene at "Cost of a Soul" party at Triumph

Will Blagrove and Nakia Dillard

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the film, but I did attend the after party at Triumph Brewery, where I caught up with two of the actors from the movie, Nakia Dillard and Kamal Bostic Smith
(not pictured). I cast these two guys in their training roles a
million years ago for an Outreach program through AMTF (Prince Theater)
called The Rainbow Company.

Cost of a Soul will have a wide release May 20, 2011.
For my review of Uma Thurman's new film, "Ceremony" directed by Henry Winkler's son, Max Winkler - Click HERE


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