Zach Braff is an interesting filmmaker. It’s clear his subject matter always is intensely personal and this movie is no exception. He raised money to make this film—written with his brother—by using a Kickstarter campaign online and recruiting a few of his friends from his hit show, Scrubs. It certainly was worth the effort.
Let me begin by saying it has been a very pleasant weekend at the cineplex. This film is one reason: Here, we have a compilation of plot points, none of which are particularly original or extreme, but by the miracle of strong writing and exceptional acting, we get a movie that is refreshing and surprisingly original.
The Piccadilly at Manhattan is a bit off the beaten path, nestled in a largely residential neighborhood in Maplewood, and easy to miss if you're not in-the-know. Luckily, we got wind of this venerable eatery and finally got to make a visit recently.
Story: It’s 1961, and window washer J. Pierrepont Finch seems more absorbed in the book he’s reading than in cleaning the exterior of the World Wide Wicket building. He carries a self-help tome that describes in meticulous detail how an ambitious, enterprising young man (it is 1961) can rise to the top of the business world with nary an iota of talent.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premieres at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others at STLAS collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to contribute an original work to the inaugural event.
This month’s column marks a milestone: the first time we review two cars that are purely electrically powered. What makes this even more remarkable is that both cars are sophisticated, stylish vehicles offering everyday practicality—and even a decent helping of performance.
Here’s a quick look at what’s showing--what to run out and see, and which ones to avoid:
Award-winning realtors BERKLEY LAND and MATT LITWACK have joined forces with realtor KENDRA DOWNS and certified residential appraiser KAREN POLISHUK to form Land/Litwack & Associates. Last year, the group had a combined $20 million in sales. The team is part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate Network.
Walking across the small parking behind Adam's Smokehouse, you're immediately enveloped in the rich aroma of cooking meat. Even before you cross the restaurant's threshold, it's obvious you're in for a delicious experience. Adam's is one of the latest in the current boom of barbecue places cropping up around town.
Story: A young girl finds herself drawn into a magical world guided by the most imaginative and individual Cat in the Hat. Soon she becomes a character herself as Jojo, the daughter of the mayor of Whoville and his wife, Mrs. Mayor.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is distraught over his father’s death. When his uncle Claudius quickly marries Hamlet’s mother Gertrude and assumes the throne, the prince suspects that his uncle orchestrated the death of Hamlet’s father in order to become king himself. With that murder as motivation, the ‘melancholy Dane’ sets about an elaborate scheme to avenge his father’s death.
Story: There’s hell to pay, which generally is OK with Morticia Addams, when she suspects that her beloved husband, Gomez, is keeping a secret from her. That’s not happened before in their boisterous, 25-year marriage, which generally has been a quarter-century of good times in their decrepit home hidden (somehow) within New York City’s fabled Central Park.
The Central West End has no shortage of restaurants—so many that it's hard to keep up with all of them. One of the more recent entries on the scene is Thai 202. Located on Euclid Avenue between Lindell Boulevard and Maryland Avenue, it's easy to miss this eatery with all of the hustle and bustle in that area, but definitely well worth looking for.
Story: The Old Testament story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, is told in a musical format, including Joseph’s betrayal by his 11 jealous brothers, who sell him into slavery. Later, Joseph’s uncanny ability to interpret dreams gains him the confidence of the Egyptian pharaoh when he tells the pharaoh what the ruler’s own troubling dreams mean in reality.
Story: A young man named Alfredo Germont is introduced to a popular, partying courtesan, Violetta Valery, and falls in love with her. Improbably, when Alfredo proposes that Violetta move from Paris to live with him in the countryside, she accepts. Fearful that she is dying from her fast living, she thinks that this might offer her a saving option.
Story: In a comfortable, old-fashioned home, Frank Gianelli talks about “tengo famiglia.” That’s Italian for “I support a family,” but Frank says it means even more than that, it means that a man “is doing well for my woman and my children. I have a reason for being alive.”
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premiere at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to write an original work, The Possible, which premiered at the inaugural event in July 2013.
Diet and exercise are the basis for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight; but for some people, all the exercise and salads in the world won’t remove that post-pregnancy tummy paunch or those stubborn saddlebags. That’s why ‘body sculpting,’ the ability redistribute, remove or add fat to specific areas, has become increasingly popular.
There's certainly no shortage of great Italian food in St. Louis. But while the field may be crowded, there always seems to be room for another top-notch eatery like Giovanni's Kitchen, the new place from the folks behind Il Bel Lago.
For millennials, buying a home still seems to be part of the American Dream.
Story: Life in the 1930s is hard for the African-American residents of Catfish Row, an impoverished area of Charleston, South Carolina that survives on fishing, picking cotton and other hardscrabble means of subsistence.
In the weeks following my Webster Groves Recreation Complex Beginning Spinning course, I have been trying to find a way to say this in a professional manner, appropriate for publication, only to come to the conclusion that there's no nice way around it. The problem with Spinning, plain and simple, is the seat.