Friday, February 22, 2013
Join us at 7 p.m. Sunday to discuss the 85th annual Academy Awards in a Patch live chat with Cinema Siren.
Who will hit the red carpet in style? Is Ben Affleck still being punished for Gigli? Who's going to take the Best Picture award home? Join area Patch columnists and editors as we chat about the Oscars starting at 7 p.m. Sunday. [Find more details about Sunday night's award show, including what channel it airs on locally by clicking here.] Expect a bit of snark, a few jokes, some questioning of the Academy's choices, and more. Put on your finest — or just your pajamas — and accompany us virtually to the red carpet at 7 p.m. and the awards at 8:30 p.m. for some Oscars live chat fun. Enter your email address in the Cover It Live box above to get an email reminder for the live chat and don't miss a minute. For a look at all of this year's …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Review of latest James Bond film.
In its 50th year, there is much at stake for the Bond franchise. So many great movies, producing such a cultural icon, they want to create a movie worthy of release in the anniversary year. Something mediocre or forgettable just wouldn't do (ahem, Moonraker, I'm talking to you…). They have their past and their future to think of. They don't want to be asking "Will Bond live to die another day?" By showing due respect to its pedigree, adding some exciting new elements, featuring a great script, acting, and production design, Skyfall rises to the top as one of this year's best films, Bond or otherwise. Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) helms the story wherein a madman (of course) winds up with the hard drive that reveals …
Friday, July 13, 2012
San Diego Comic-Con opens with huge crowds, swag and high hopes.
SAN DIEGO—Whenever "What is Comic-Con?" floats out into the air, it shocks Cinema Siren into speechlessness. San Diego Comic-Con, (SDCC or just "Comic-Con" for those in the know), is the largest gathering for entertainment and pop culture in the world, and happens in San Diego every July at this time. It garners so much press coverage and we at ArtInsights have so many friends and colleagues whose livelihoods depend on a successful SDCC, it's hard for me to imagine anyone still in the dark about its existence. The geeks of the world know all about it. One certainly can't wander into an Apple Store, for example, and have any of the employees not give great sighs and groans when one informs them one is going to Comic-Con… So, as the 39th …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Watching the Oscars? Join us in some local commentary on the fashion, the films and more.
Join area Patch columnists and editors as we chat about the Oscars. Who will hit the red carpet in style? Will the last in the Harry Potter series see some love from the Academy? Will the amazing Gary Oldman receive his first Oscar? Expect a bit of snark, a few jokes, some questioning of the Academy's choices, and more. Put on your finest and accompany us at 6 p.m. Sunday for some PatchChat 2012 Oscars fun. For a look at the films nominated, check out one of Siren's recent columns, OSCARS 2012: The Super Bowl of the Film Lovers Set.
Friday, February 24, 2012
POLL: Weigh in with your choices for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress; Academy Awards chat on Patch will start in time for red carpet coverage at 7 p.m. ET on ABC
Watching the Oscars Sunday night? Grab your popcorn and your laptop. Patch is rolling out the red carpet on Academy Awards night with a live blog that will start just before ABC's red carpet coverage at 7 p.m. This year's 84th annual Academy Awards, hosted by comedian and actor Billy Crystal, begins its broadcast on ABC at 8:30 p.m. "Oscars Red Carpet Live" will begin at 7 p.m. Patch columnists—movie critic Leslie Combemale and Fort Hunt Patch columnist Beth Jarvis—will co-host the live chat on Patch with an assist from Patch editors who also love the Oscars. Patch readers are encouraged to join in on their commentary of films, personalities and fashions. Both Combemale and Jarvis have been big fans of movies and the Academy Awards for …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Celebrating the Secret World
The Secret World of Arrietty, the latest offering from the wildly popular Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, is being released in the U.S. in partnership with the Disney Company. First released in Japan on July 17, 2010, the North American version makes its debut on February 17. A tiny girl lives with her mother and father. She and her dad "borrow" all they need for their tiny home on the grounds of a sick human boy's grandmother and curious housekeeper. The boy comes to stay and discovers Arrietty, spurring fear and upheaval in the little household, a house that has a strict rule of staying undiscovered by their hosts. The movie is a charming and slow attentive study of a friendship that teaches two budding youths, albeit of …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
There's something for everyone in this mix of 'oldies but goodies' and new to theaters and DVD films.
First, let Cinema Siren end this year by thanking readers and sending out appreciation to you. You who have become so loyal and have taken my opinions and suggestions to heart. Some of you have come to visit my alter ego Leslie at ArtInsights in Reston just to say "Hi." How wonderful! Moving on. Forget about the films of dark intensity members of the Academy tend to favor at Oscar time. There'll be plenty of those movies mentioned and recommended in January. As the new year begins, take a moment, no matter how the year has been for you, to pat yourself on the back for still being here, and for all the good you've done. Remember, even if it wasn't one of your better years, it could always be worse. If it was particularly great, start …