Oh, those clever Dutch! Taking inspiration from their own water-logged terrain, they’ve figured out a way to construct the ultimate in luxury real estate–your own private island, made from scratch. I kid you not. It’s just been announced that Christie’s International Real Estate and a floating development company called Dutch Docklands are collaborating on self-sufficient, eco-friendly, buoyant islands in chic locations all over the world.
The Pasadena mansion where the classic Dynasty cat fight in the lily pond scene was filmed is available for a mere 25 million
There are epic TV scenes, and then there are epic TV scenes.
In the latter category, no one who was cognizant in the ’80s will ever forget the classic Dynasty cat fight in the lily pond scene between Krystal and Alexis. It’s a classic piece of over-the-top drama—some might call it cheese—that will forever stand the test of time.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review — A raucous anti-buddy pic
The Hitman’s Bodyguard takes a threadbare genre: the cop and robber buddy movie, and somehow weaves it into something fun and fresh, mostly thanks to the clever pairing of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, doing a few of the many things they do best.
Reynolds is a “Triple-A Rated Executive Protection Agent” who believes he can get back in the government game by safely delivering the world’s deadliest and coolest hitman (Jackson) to the Hague to testify against an evil dictator (Gary Oldman), who has tortured and murdered his way into power. Car chases, boat chases, motorcycle chases and romance, one of them involving the ever-gorgeous Salma Hayek, happen.
Edward Norton drives a hard bargain for the famed Lautner beach house in Malibu Colony
Everyone knows that actor Edward Norton has exceptional taste in the roles he choses, but a recent Malibu real estate deal proves that his taste in real estate is also sublime.
The 47-year-old star managed to score an iconic beachfront gem built by renowned architect John Lautner for $11.8 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The home’s been bouncing around the market for years, at prices ranging from $22 million to, more recently, $13.75 million, which means Norton snagged himself a deal.
THE GLASS CASTLE Review – A Tough Challenge
THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Review — A Mushy Bite of the Big Apple
The Glass Castle Review — An almost impossible adaptation
If you’ve read the bestseller by Jeannette Walls (and almost every woman I know has) you’re probably wondering how they could make such dark and tragic material into a film. After all, Walls and her brother and sisters had such outrageously painful childhoods at the hands of their wildly dysfunctional parents that it could be extremely challenging to tell the story on the big screen.
Hundreds of Ways to Celebrate National Spoil Your Dog Day
Who even knew there was a National Spoil Your Dog Day? But, as all my pet-loving friends agree, we’ll use any excuse to shamelessly pamper our pooches, right? As if they need more lavish attention
A survey done by NationalToday.com in celebration of National Spoil Your Dog Day shows that, based on how regularly dog owners in each state engage in loving behaviors with their dog, (like giving treats and doggy kisses) California is the state where dogs seemed to be loved the most. Here are the top five states:
DUNKIRK Review — VALERIAN Review — Two Great Directors, One Masterpiece
by Lisa Johnson Mandell
DUNKIRK Review — The Most Significant and Original War Movie in Years
Beautiful and intense from start to finish, Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk is not what you’re expecting. It’s more lyrical than linear, try to hold on too hard and analyze its terse dialogue and intimated plot, and it will slip right by you. It’s a riveting film you watch unfold right before you eyes.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Review SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review
by Lisa Johnson Mandell
War for the Planet of the Apes Review — Let My People Go (to see it)
I wasn’t excited to see War for the Planet of the Apes, expecting it to be just another unnecessary, gratuitous sequel in a summer that’s jam packed with them. Then the film began.
I was captivated from the start, and remained awed throughout. It seems the third time’s the charm for this latter-day reboot of the Apes franchise. It’s consummately grand and original.
SWIM TEAM Review by Allie Foutz Turley
Allie Foutz Turley is one of my six beautiful nieces. She’s not a professional critic, although she did a bang up job when I took her to a junket and asked her to interview Shia LaBeouf and John Voight for the movie Holes. She is, however, a former member of a swim team, and most relevant of all, she and her husband Jared are the parents of three-year-old Harrison, who has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. I thought she would be far more qualified than I to write the Swim Team review, covering a riveting and heart-felt documentary about the Jersey Hamerheads, a Special Olympics team made up of kids who are also on the spectrum.
BABY DRIVER Review – Best Movie of the Summer
DESPICABLE ME 3 Review – Minions: What’s Not to Love?
by Lisa Johnson Mandell
BABY DRIVER Review — Best ride of the season!
I dare anyone over 40 not to start singing…
“My daddy was the family bassman
My mamma was an engineer
And I was born one dark gray morn
With music coming in my ears
In my ears…”
…whenever you hear the title of this film. Let me tell you, the film is just as fun, harmonious and right noted as the Simon and Garfunkel classic.