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Author Archives: Jamie Insalaco

North by Northwest (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

Ah, North by Northwest – a quintessential Alfred Hitchcock movie! Is it the most famous? The most memorable? The most popular? Is it the best of Hitchcock’s movies? One thing’s for sure – it’s certainly a great flick!

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Muppets Most Wanted (movie review)

At this point, it’s not news that Muppets Most Wanted is a gigantic disappointment, yet I was still shocked by the depths of its awfulness when we finally saw it this past weekend. Read the rest of this entry

The Deep Blue Sea (movie review)

One does not watch The Deep Blue Sea but rather, the viewer collides with it – it’s like a visual and auditory game of bumper cars. Read the rest of this entry

Watching The Simpsons, marathon: "Lemon of Troy" and "The Springfield Connection"

I haven’t had much time for The Simpsons, marathon, but I did catch "Lemon of Troy" and "The Springfield Connection," both from Season 6. I’ve seen both of these episodes many times before yet somehow, I caught a few things I’d never noticed before. Read the rest of this entry

The 39 Steps (a "Better Know Your Hitchcock!" movie review)

The 39 Steps is a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock spy movie and the subject of today’s Better Know Your Hitchcock! Like many Hitchcock movies, the flick is loosely based on a novel of the same name. Read the rest of this entry

6 nitpicks of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (movie review)

We finally got around to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and… hm. It was good – not great, but certainly good. It’s complicated, but I can at least say it’s better than the first one. Follow me after the jump if you dare – it’s going to be all spoilers, all the time!

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16 Classic Episodes from The Simpsons, season 6 (and 9 memorable ones!)

The 6th season of The Simpsons is one I remember vividly. Even if I don’t necessarily love each and every episode, I certainly can recall the plots, some jokes and various quotes without much effort. Come with me and discover not only who holds back the electric car, but also, who makes Steve Guttenberg a star. Read the rest of this entry

Rocky (quick movie review)

I haven’t watched Rocky from start to finish in… I dunno, at least 10, maybe 15 years. Still, it’s on TV all the time, so I catch bits and pieces every once and while. For me, Rocky Balboa is the quintessential Sylvester Stallone character (sorry, John Rambo and… guy from The Expendables whose name no one knows) – it’s also the best underdog story to ever to grace celluloid.  (Sorry, Underdog.) Read the rest of this entry

Yahoo! Live: YES at the SAN JOSE CIVIC

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Not the droid you’re looking for.

I watched YES stream from the San Jose Civic on Yahoo! Live featuring the somewhat ragtag combo of Jon Davison (vocals) and Geoff Downes (keyboards) joining YES regulars Alan White, Chris Squire and thy lord Steve Howe.  (Worship no guitar players before Steve Howe.  Amen.)

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Ender's Game (quick movie review)

Ender’s Game is part of the seemingly never ending young adult novel adaptation wave – they keep coming, one after another, some crashing against the rocks and others gliding all the way to shore. This is a case of the former. Read the rest of this entry

Veggie Heaven – Teaneck, NJ (vegan restaurant review)

I won’t bore you with my fan boy worship of Veggie Heaven – let me just say that it’s the greatest restaurant ever in the history of food. You’re welcome. Read the rest of this entry

Divergent (quick movie review)

Each time I saw the trailer for this flick, my brain would go, “Divergent! So Divergent!” Is it just me? It’s probably just me.

Anyway, in the grand scope of young adult novel adaptations, Divergent was a better movie than Ender’s Game and Twilight, but that’s not exactly high praise. If you can get through the first 20 minutes or so, I think action/adventure fans will be pleased with the flick. Read the rest of this entry

&pizza (quick vegan restaurant review)

I don’t have much to say about &pizza except that they’re GREAT. They hooked it up with the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had EVER. Exclamation points are not necessary – the food is that good.

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"I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?" (photo)

This photograph of rain is just another example of me taking pictures of stuff I didn’t think I could take pictures of in the first place – like smoke. Too bad I never got to take any photography classes in college… I guess taking photos of any subject is simply a matter of having the right lighting and background to make said subject show up… I guess.

Anyway, yeah, – a picture of the rain. Never thought I’d get that particular shot. I presume this isn’t what Creedence was talking about.

First Blood (quick movie review)

OO – you know what I haven’t seen in a while? First Blood. It’s the first and the best (by far) in the Rambo series and features what is probably Sylvester Stallone’s best moment on screen. Read the rest of this entry

Candle Cafe West (vegan restaurant review)

We had dinner at Candle Cafe West, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Friday, August 8th. As I arrived early for my rendezvous with Dr. Girlfriend, my first stop was the bar, where things did not get off to a good start. Read the rest of this entry

Catalogs are awesome at casual racism and other things that are bad

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There’s nothing worse than politically leaning products, but if you really want to make it clear that your catalog caters to one specific market, put your “countdown to Obama’s last day” clock near the “Ho Lee Chit” t-shirts.  This way, it’s not only clear that you lean right, but we can take an accurate guess at what year you were born in based on the idea that you think “Ho Lee Chit” is funny and OK to wear on a t-shirt.

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In an effort to make sure they offend as many groups as possible, here we have the “Lead me not into temptation… Oh hell just follow me I know a shortcut” t-shirt just a few inches away from the “Like a good neighbor Jesus is there.”  I never took any marketing classes in college, but I’d venture a guess and just say that people who would wear the former t-shirt wouldn’t wear the latter.

It’s incredible how poor the taste can be in one catalog, but they did an amazing job of making me shake my head, laugh and point my finger at their general ignorance.  Well done, catalog!

“Bart! Get out of the Spirit of St. Louis!”

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We did our best to recreate this classic moment at the National Air and Space Museum from The Simpsons episode “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.” (That’s from season 2 if you’re keeping score at home.)

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Le Week-end (quick movie review)

What can one say about Le Week-end?  The movie doesn’t have much of a plot, yet it’s still a flowing… well, “narrative” probably isn’t the right word, but it’s something.

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are both excellent in their starring roles.  Their performances, along with direction by Roger Michell, photography by Nathalie Durand and editing by Kristina Hetherington are the driving force behind this movie.  I’m sure lots of other folks worked hard on this flick, but without these five people turning in masterful efforts, this movie would probably be a big pile of pretentious drivel.

A quick word about Jeff Goldblum:  this is Goldblum at his most Goldblum-i-ness.  He was the perfect person to play this particular role and it’s all the funnier that they’re playing off his reputation.  Not a show stopper, but a quiet joke that comes out of nowhere.

I didn’t love it, but if you don’t mind listening to an older married couple argue for 93 minutes, I’d give Le Week-end a whirl – let’s score it a 7 out of 10.

My 5 Favorite Robin Williams Movies

I don’t know anything about Robin Williams the man.  Maybe there’s a bit of a man in his art – that’s what I think, anyway.  I could summarize his Wikipedia page for you, but instead, I thought I’d take a look at what he’s left us:  dozens of movies, tv shows and appearances, comedy specials, documentaries and so on.  Here’s my five favorite Robin Williams movies in no particular order.

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