Movie Madness for Father’s Day!

By: Mary Fran BontempoLet’s face it, when it comes to movies, guys and gals have different tastes. While the ladies will line up for a good rom-com, it’s car chases and explosions that get the guys’ juices flowing.Since Sunday is Father’s Day, this week in entertainment, NRFGP is featuring a few films for Dad—with a little “eye candy” the ladies will enjoy, too! With some available for purchase and some new in theaters, [...]

2018-10-30T09:51:19-04:00June 15th, 2012|0 Comments

From Dracula to Becquer

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban In the good old times, vampires were evil creatures of the night who combusted in the sun, were repulsed by garlic and turned to bats or disappeared in a mist when threatened. They were hideously ugly, their skin unhealthily pale and their nails long and sharp like talons of birds of prey. Their name was, often, Dracula. Back then, the vampires were always the bad guys, who showed their evilness [...]

2018-10-30T09:56:32-04:00January 7th, 2011|0 Comments

Video Viewing of a Holiday Classic

By:  Mary Fran BontempoChristmas time. It’s sparkle and glitter and presents and food and fun. It’s good will and peace towards men. It’s giving and love. Yet not everyone looks at the holidays and gets all gooey inside. And for those who don’t, there’s no better company than the king of all Christmas-haters, Ebenezer Scrooge.Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is perhaps the most beloved holiday tale of all time, which can be both [...]

2018-10-30T09:56:35-04:00December 17th, 2010|2 Comments

Howl’s Moving Castle directed by Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay) Diana Wynne Jones’s (novel)

Based on Diana Wynne Jones's novel of the same title, Howl's Castle is a visually stunning movie by Hayao Miyazaki, the director of My Friend Totoro, Kiki Delivery Service and the Academy Award Winner Spirited Away, among others. Both in the book and in the movie, Sophie, a 17 year old milliner, is turned into a 90 year old woman by the wicked witch of the Waste. The girl has no idea why. [...]

2018-10-30T09:56:52-04:00August 20th, 2010|2 Comments

Life Unexpected (CW)

I watched the first episode of Life Unexpected back in January because the critic in the Philadelphia Inquirer insisted it was a family drama parents would not be embarrassed to watch with their teens. Always on the lookout for something to do with my daughter that does not include using my credit card, I took his advice. I'm glad I did. Life Unexpected not only has a most intriguing premise, it also has [...]

2018-10-30T09:57:08-04:00May 21st, 2010|1 Comment

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox)

I don't like action films and didn't plan to watch The Terminator, the SF film with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, thinking it was about a cyborg from the future, loose in 1984 LA in a killing spree.But when my friend Pilar rented it claiming it was a love story, I reluctantly watched it with her. And she was right. Yes, the pesky Terminator is there wrecking mayhem. He was sent by [...]

2018-10-30T09:57:12-04:00May 14th, 2010|2 Comments

Easy Virtue

Directed by Stephan ElliottBased on Noël Coward's play Easy Virtue (1924)I changed my mind, what I really want for Mother's Day is the CD from the movie Easy Virtue.I loved the movie and as I researched the web today to write this review, I came across the soundtrack on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Virtue-Marius-Vries/dp/B001J36JN4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1273190570&sr=8-7#productPromotions).One of the wonders of this new age is that you can preview the songs right there on the Amazon site by clicking [...]

2018-10-30T09:57:17-04:00May 7th, 2010|2 Comments