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TINSEL & TINE

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).

 


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

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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...

Exporting Raymond w/ Guest Appearance by Phil Rosenthal

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Cinefest 2011 produced by Philadelphia Cinema Alliance under the Artistic Direction of Josh Goldbloom, opened last evening with two films, Exporting Raymond and The Catechism Cataclysm.  I had ever intention of seeing both films; I'd heard good things about Cataclysm and it also was to have a post Q & A with the filmmaker and the cast.  However, I was on such a helium high from cackling uncontrollably throughout this comedic documentary chronicling Phil Rosenthal's misadventu...

Call for Guest Bloggers

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  I'm certain  there are a lot of film festival attendees, those who attend for professional reasons and those that attend as film buffs, who would like to share their opinions about the films and the over all festival, but do not have or want the responsibility of maintaining a blog. That's where Tinsel & Tine comes in! Send your Film Festival Experiences and Film Reviews to tinseltine@gmail.com. Include pictures when possible. We will post it as dynamic conten...

Fritz Lang's Metropolis Philly Film Event

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Partnering with the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ and hosted by Macy's Center City, attendees were treated to a truly unique Philly film event by pairing Fritz Lang's 1927 restored sci-fi work of art with the historic Wanamaker Organ, fantastically played by Peter Richard Conte. Metropolis is an ambitious film, even by today's standard in terms of themes explored. It mixes in a myriad of religious doctrine, including a savior/mediator and the dual perception of women throughout history ...

Commentary - Win Win & Tom McCarthy Q & A

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TO READ POST WITH ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS VISIT TINSEL & TINE  Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) has once again written and directed a picture that’s been touted at the festivals; however, his newest film has enough mainstream appeal to be backed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Win Win is the story of an attorney, wrestling coach and most importantly, family man, Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) living in a middle class Jersey suburb trying to keep things going in these diffic...

83rd Oscar Wrap Up and Bryn Mawr Film Institute Oscar Party

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TO READ POST WITH ACCOMPANYING PICTURES VISIT TINSEL & TINE This excellent Oscar ice sculpture greeted the guests at the 3rd Annual Oscar Party and Simulcast at The Bryn Mawr Film Institute.  After which you had the choice of mingling in the lobby or mingling upstairs where the silent auction was taking place, and more importantly where a flat screen TV was set to Academy Awards red carpet! As happy as I was to receive press credentials and to be a part of this gathering of enthus...

DIY filmmaking, marketing and distribution with filmmaker, Ava DuVernay

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The good part about still being unemployed is being able to attend networking lunches without worrying about being out of the office too long. Last week Reelblack, in conjunction with PIFVA and Scribe Video Center invited industry PR maven, turned indie filmmaker, Ava DuVernay to discuss "Do It Yourself" promotion, film distribution, her new feature length film I Will Follow and a new initiative aimed at giving black films a wide release in commercial theaters, called AFFRM (African-A...

Golden Globe Round Up 2011

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In 2009 The Golden Globe ceremony didn't have a host. The actors/actresses just came out to present and announce the winner. I don't remember what they did for an opening, but a joke monologue isn't the only way to open the show with energy. I don't want to be a Pollyanna or someone who only accepts niceties and tact, but I felt some of host Ricky Gervais', blunt, roast type humor may have been unnecessary. Do I feel this way because we're talking about Hollywood Royalty, like J...

Greater Philadelphia Film Office 25th Anniversary

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Sunday, November 14, 2010 GPFO 25th Anniversary Have you been anxiously awaiting the new sound stages and studio, SUNCENTER or are you just now hearing about it? I remember, maybe about a decade ago, talk of a Hollywoodesque, state-of-the-art sound stage for big budget movie making in Philadelphia, but I didn’t keep up on the progress. Well, this premiere film & TV production facility is here now, (final completion by the beginning of the year) and it’s located only 1...

19th Philadelphia Film Festival Closing Thoughts

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Sunday, (10.24.10) the official last day of The Philadelphia Film Festival, was my first screenings at Ritz Five, it was unintentional, but everything else I saw just happened to play in University City or The Prince. I saw Housemaid a South Korean film about a overly privileged, insufferably arrogant rich business man who takes advantage of his housekeeper/nanny. When she becomes pregnant his wife and mother-in-law conspire to get rid of her. The set production of their mansion is awesome, look...

Philadelphia Film Festival - Night Catches US and Sex Magic

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TO VIEW WITH IMAGES & LINKS VISIT TINSEL & TINE  Not only was Friday night’s screening of Night Catches Us sold out, but attracted a cool, racial mix of peeps. This Centerpiece screening included a Q & A with writer/director Tanya Hamilton and lead Kerry Washington who looked really chic in her Costello burnt orange dress. Washington was drawn to the film not only because of it’s strong writing, but also the opportunity to humanize an important time period in our history,...

Philadelphia Film Festival Coverage

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TO VIEW WITH IMAGES AND LINKS TO FILM TRAILERS VISIT TINSEL & TINE   So I’m going to start from last night’s Stewart Bradley fundraiser at the Sumo Lounge at RAW  and work my way backward to Saturday, with quick commentary, so that I can catch up with all my recent activity at the festival. This fan pictured with Bradley is not indicative of the crowd, which was mostly very young. Which is super to see a younger set supporting PFS. But I’m starting to feel ve...

Commentary - Blue Valentine

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After the screening of Blue Valentine on Friday night, Producer Jamie Patricof gave us a little background on how long it has taken to get this film to the screen. He’s been on board for 9 of the 12 years Derek Cianfance (Brother Tide) was in the midst of both writing  and directing this wonderfully, heart-wrenching depiction of a couple learning each other, needing each other and then needing different things and hurting each other.In the first incarnation of the screenplay Cianfrance had ...

Darren Aronfosky Q & A and Day Two of Philly Film Fest

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To view with images read post on Tinsel & Tine I made it to The Philadelphia Film Festival “Making Film in Philly” Panel Discussion (Four Points by Sheraton), in time to enjoy coffee and TastyKakes.  The panel was amazing!  Bob Lowerly & Andy Williams- Dive Shooter (Visual effects and Post Production), Justin Weinberg, Entertainment Lawyer, Thomas Ashley, President of Philadelphia Soundstage,  Wendy Cox Hollywood Production Manager, Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of Gre...

Tinsel & Tine screening choices for 19th Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct 14-24, 2010)

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216 screenings, 11 screens, 6 venues, 10 days!  So many great films to see, so many synopsis to read, not to mention industry panels and parties; this is the great thing about film festivals, the bad part – there’s no way to see and do it all. Here’s my tentative list of films I plan to see during the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct 14-24).  I also hope to blog quick, on the spot film reviews by attendees after screenings, so look for me during the festival. Thurs 14t...

Toronto International Film Festival 2010 Wrap-Up

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With a slate of 300 films over 11 days, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which successfully wrapped on Sunday September 19th, is positioned as the second most important film festival in the world (behind Cannes). Like children in a candy store, the festival attracts 3,000 industry and press representatives from around the world, all eager to see the hotly anticipated fall Oscar contenders and the newest art-house offerings. In this report, Carol Coombes looks back at some of th...

Q & A with actress Amy Ryan on her new film directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman - "Jack Goes Boating"

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Here's an except of actress Amy Ryan discussing the off-beat character she plays in "Jack Goes Boating" to read full post visit Philadelphia Film Society blog (filmadelphia.org) Q: How was it playing opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, while he’s also directing? AR: To be directed by your leading man.. um… Well, we had the extraordinary experience of rehearsing this movie for two weeks before we shot anything on film… I think it’s just a shift in energy for me, it...

Preview review of "Going the Distance" and director, Nanette Burstein Q&A

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  This romantic comedy also feature’s Barrymore’s real life love interest Justin Long and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) for added comic relief. The movie deals with the pitfalls of long distance relationships. Garrett (Long) meets Erin (Barrymore) when he blocks the screen of her old school centipede arcade game – “Who does that?” What starts out as a casual hook up, turns into the real thing.  Problem, Erin is in NY for a summer internship a...

NYC Food Film Festival 2010

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Not only did I procure a press pass for the 4th Annual NYC Food Film Festival on Saturday, June 26th, I actually made it to Brooklyn 2 hrs before the event opened! I will be late for my own funeral, so I always throw myself a mental party when I actually arrive anywhere on time and a bigger party when I'm early! With time to kill, I called my friends that live in Brooklyn Heights - The ones from the Amada post (click link to read). I knew they would be surprised by my being in town; but in ...

Corespondent needed for NYC Food Film Festival 6/23 - 6/27, 2010

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This is without a doubt, what Tinsel & Tine is all about! Would LOVE to be there covering all 5 days. I'm working on a press pass for at least Saturday, (6/26). If any readers attend this cornucopia of Food & Film, please write a post or two as a Tinsel & Tine corespondent. Send your musings, commentary, review, pictures to: tinseltine@gmail.com Opening night gets underway at South Street Seaport with the "Great New York Shuck In Suck" - Featuring 7 shorts about Oy...

Cannes Film Fest Attendees - Write a Post for Tinsel & Tine

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An aquaintance attended Sundance this past fall and e-mailed me her impressions of the festival along with film reviews and pics. She became Tinsel & Tine's first official festival coorespondent. I'm hoping someone attending the Cannes Film Festival would enjoy doing the same thing. It doesn't have to be elaborate, daily, or time consuming, just e-mail me your thoughts, experiences, star sightings, film reviews or commentary to tinseltine@gmail.com to be posted on Tinsel & ...

Coverage of The Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview

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Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, presented by Pennsylvania Hospital took place this past weekend (April 9-12th)  Tinsel & Tine was in attendance.  Commentary on two of the films- I Am Love (starring Tilda Swinton) and The Square including Q&A with director Nash Edgerton is posted. More film commentary to come! Visit: TINSEL & TINE ...

La Cinematheque in Philadelphia

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Ooh la la, PCA ushers in 4 more French Films under the programming begun this past fall called, La Cinematheque (click link to see trailer of each film). Delayed a week due to snow, next Thursday, February 25, 6:45pm, Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut Street) the series starts off with Les Boreaux De Dieu (God’s Office), directed by Claire Simon - An “auteur” filmmaker captures women talking candidly about sex, pregnancy and abortion. Ray Murray, Artistic Director: “Thanks to th...

Is the film "Precious" Patronizing?

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My friend, Ellen told me she was having a discussion with a neighbor about Precious and this person said they felt the film was patronizing. She in turn asked me if I thought so too? My response: I know the definition of the word "patronizing", but how would I put it in my own words - when someone feels superior in some manner and gives due or agrees with someone else, for that other person's benefit, but not because they really feel it. Since the film "Precious" is...

Sundance Wrap Up Part III - Carol Coombes

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Tinsel & Tine: I really want to thank Carol for her smart reviews and commentary from Sundance 2010. I love that she broke up her posts into Gay & Lesbian themed films, Documentaries and now Feature Length films. I would once again like to encourage any readers planning to attend even a small film fest to send me posts from or after your film festival experience. If you attend an evening with a food and film tie-in, even better, or review a restaurant pre or post a screening, send it i...

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