The real tragedy here is that Clint Eastwood was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his work on this film. Seriously? I've long been a fan of Eastwood's work behind the camera, but this? This is... masterful.
Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba has made quite a name for himself in the local culinary scene in recent years. His places—Elaia & Olia, La Patisserie Choquette and Old Standard Fried Chicken—have brought a wide range of good food and drink to St. Louis. Poremba’s efforts have garnered him plenty of attention locally and beyond, including being named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2014, and as one of 10 chefs who vied for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef: Midwest title that year, as well.
Twenty years ago, four friends formed a fiduciary wealth management firm out of a lone Clayton office. Today, that firm’s focus on doing right by its clients has helped it grow to seven locations around the nation and $24.7 billion in assets under management.
Avenue Restaurant is one of the most recent eateries to open in Clayton, but it’s not exactly new. It’s the latest project from the folks behind Pomme Restaurant and Pomme Cafe & Wine Bar.
I will be brief. Add another one to the 'unexpected/uninvited/incognito wedding guest' genre. To date, we have Wedding Crashers, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Date, I Love You Man, and now, The Wedding Ringer... and I'm sure I've forgotten a few.
Story: In this updated version of the classic fairy tale, Ella (Cinderella) toils away as a domestic for her haughty stepmother and two stepsisters following the death of her father. She dreams of a better life, which she fantasizes about with her friends, a woman named Crazy Marie who lives near the forest, and Jean-Michel, a young man who fights for the rights of the oppressed people of the kingdom.
Story: Theo Freeman struggles to make ends meet. He’s a small businessman who owns a TV and stereo repair shop, which you might guess isn’t doing a bang-up business in the age of flat-screen televisions and iPads. Still, he perseveres with the help of his wife Georgette and their son Sunny.
Story: Henry Bingham has a tough track record as president of Quail Valley Country Club. That’s because his team has lost five consecutive times in the annual golf match with its arch-rival club, which is helmed by the insufferable Dickie Bell.
I'm a big fan of the gum-shoe detective story. I like the tongue-in-cheek skewering of everything from organized crime to law enforcement to Hollywood. It can be a fun, offbeat, creative experience. This film, however, made me want to jab a fork into my thigh.
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. was one of the most anticipated St. Louis restaurant openings of 2014. From frequent visits since its debut, we can unequivocally say the wait was more than worth it.
So, the Golden Globes took place last Sunday. For those not in-the-know, the Golden Globes are the awards that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sells...er... confers...to outstanding work in film and television.
On a good day, the third installment of an action-movie franchise is like curling up with a well-worn copy of a pretty good book. What it lacks in inventiveness and depth, it makes up for with the comfort of familiarity and predictability. This movie has all the requisite car chases and explosions. It has the encore performances and the surprise twists. Yet, not surprisingly, it is a phoned-in third installment of what could have been an incredible action-movie trilogy. Even saving grace, Liam Neeson, seems to understand this is only the paycheck for his beach house.
Story: Matt Drayton is a newspaper publisher in San Francisco, where his wife Christina owns an art gallery. Their domestic servant, Matilda “Tillie” Binks, keeps everything humming in their well-to-do home, which is a bit quieter since their daughter Joanna (“Joey”) has gone away to college, circa 1967.
Few things are more comforting and inviting than a genuine U.K.-style public house. Luckily, we have The Scottish Arms to tuck into on a blustery winter’s eve, a true pub in every sense of the word, from food to drink to ambiance.
Here, we have another story of World War II heroism: a man unlikely to play the role of hero, yet somehow manages beautifully. This is the true story of mathematician Alan Turing and his work of breaking the Nazi Enigma code, and developing one of the first computers. In this case, the catchphrase, It’s the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine, is both fitting and poetic.
Make no mistake, the heroic, triumphant life of Louis Zamperini is inspiring. The mere mention of his name roils emotion. He is the embodiment of The Greatest Generation. However...that being said, this film, based on the biography of the same title, is lukewarm, at best. A story like this should make filmgoers jump to their feet (operative word being ‘should’).
Certainly, this film is not a new concept: the genre of lone, lost, pre-midlife-crisis adult turning to nature for answers. Into the Wild, Grizzly Man and 127 Hours all address the issue of man's place in nature, the key word being 'man.' Here, we look at the concept from the other side of the genre coin.
In last month's column, we discussed the evaluation and assessment of a child thought to have attention deficit disorder (ADD), with or without hyperactivity. Now it’s January, and your children are back in school (or soon to be). You just spent two weeks in constant holiday cheer, and many of you may be convinced your child needs an ADD workup!
I've always loved this musical. The first time I saw Steven Sondheim's twisted take on the fairy-tale world, I thought it was brilliant. Somehow, the characters always end up in the woods; and, as we know from our own bedtime stories, that's where the magic happens.
2015 is upon us. As we compile a list of the resolutions we plan to stick to rigidly for one week, waffle over for a month, and abandon in a complete 180-swing by March, let's reflect...
Now that awards season is underway, many quality under-the-radar movies are getting their due. Below are a few gems that got little mainstream attention, but are garnering plenty of critical acclaim. The following films are rated based on the four-star system:
Hotels at one time were the epicenter of fine dining and drinking. This still is the case in some high-end hotels around St. Louis, like the boutique Hotel Ignacio in Midtown.
Looking back, 2014 proved to be another banner vintage for the St. Louis culinary scene, which continues to grow and expand. Here are a select few of the events that helped shaped the year that was: