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Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine) is a blog about film and food. Posts include a mainstay of film write-ups, interviews and film festival coverage. With a generous dollop of restaurant reviews, culinary events and whenever possible, highlighting the simpatico of food in film!

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  • Obvious Child

    Obvious Child (2014)

    June 21, 2014

    Obvious Child is the most recent film to jump on board the female-centric comedy train - and we're more than glad it did. The film, which is the most recent addition to A24's indie flick list, centers on Donna Stern, played by Jenny Slate, who both in the film and in reality is a 20 something budding stand up comic. Her comedy, both in "life" and during her "performances" within the film, is harsh, sexual, and downright hilarious. It's rare to see a female lead crack the jokes; more often than not, that role is left to the Best Friend, or Witty Assistant - especially in rom-coms- By Guest Blogger - Elizabeth Eckhart

  • Think Like a Man Too

    Think Like a Man Too (2014)

    June 21, 2014

    In Think Like A Man Too director Tim Story steers away from the dating/relationship/competition stuff and goes more for fun, high energy, crazy montages, random cameos and Vegas Baby!

    The next day after the red carpet screening in Philly, I got a chance to chat with Meagan Good and Michael Ealy at The Four Season's Hotel - http://www.tinseltine.com/2014/06/meagan-good-michael-ealy-at-four.html

  • The Fault In Our Stars

    The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

    June 21, 2014

    Instead the movie focuses on Hazel's dream of getting answers to the ending of a book she's obsessed with called "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten, she lends the book to Augustus who becomes equally enamored of the sacred text and determines to contact the reclusive writer, so that Hazel's questions regarding the fate of the characters left behind after the main character dies mid-sentence, can be answered. It's not hard to figure out that Hazel's need is due to her own fears of what will become of her parents (Laura Dern who btw still looks great) & Sam Trammell) once she's gone, as their lives have revolved around her illness for the last 5 years.

    There's a delightful food in film moment that takes place in Amsterdam during the couple's first official date, dining at a posh restaurant, eating dragon, carrot risotto and sipping Dom Perignon, which their waiter tells them the creator of the famed champagne compared his first sip to drinking the stars...http://www.tinseltine.com/2014/06/young-love-fault-in-our-stars.html

  • Words And Pictures

    Words And Pictures (2014)

    June 21, 2014

    In terms of the student story lines, young actors, and often overly pedantic dialogue, this movie will never be the next Dead Poets Society. But in terms of exploring that time in life when you thought you had it all together and now on the other side of 40 you're starting over, and worse yet, your body is betraying you... not just Dina dealing with the pain of RA, but Jack's alcoholism is as much a physical disease as mental... this is what the movie gets right. Along with the juxtaposition of two artists, one eager and brimming with creative energy, but struggling to give life to that inspiration. The other having lost inspiration and struggling to find that part of himself again... - http://www.tinseltine.com/2014/06/mature-love-words-and-pictures.html

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

    May 24, 2014

    Has X-Men & X-men 2 director Bryan Singer given us a reboot in this movie? X-Men: The Last Stand left us with a lot of death and destruction. Then the franchise went back to tell the origins story of mutants which preceded Storm, Rogue, Jean Grey, Cycops etc.. in X-Men:First Class. With X-Men Days of Future Past, because Wolverine is sent back to the past to change the future, much of what took place in Last Stand, may no longer stand. Or it may all take place again. There's a line in this movie said by Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) about a current in a river always correcting itself and getting back to its path, no matter how one may try to redirect it. Which brings up a much conjectured philosophical question: If you were able to go back in life and make different choices, would you somehow end up in the same place, just a different path to get there?...

  • Chef

    Chef (2014)

    May 24, 2014

    But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake.

    I'm not going to give a full synopsis of #Chef (@ChefTheFilm) - Just go and enjoy the Twitter wars, YouTube meltdowns, a Food Truck road trip, Critical Food Blogger and a perfect ending...

  • Belle

    Belle (2014)

    May 24, 2014

    I'm sure there are people born and raised in Nebraska who are Francophiles, Gingers who love the sun and Dutch who wear Kimonos and collect things from the Ming Dynasty and on and on, you never know why people have an affinity to, or identify with, things that don't seem to fit who they are or should be.

    I've always been drawn to the British Aristocracy and fancy the idea of living in a sprawling country estate. I began reading historical Harlequin Romance novels about the age of 11 or 12 and absolutely loved all the etiquette, intrigue, wealth, entertaining and most importantly, no one worked. They had inheritances, dowries, investments, but few lowered themselves to have actual professions and never if you were a Lady. All of this appealed to me, but of course as an African American, I didn't see myself reflected in any of this, at least not in any lofty position. This is why the movie Belle by writer/director Amma Asante (who adapted a screenplay by Misan Sagay) is so exciting to me!...

  • Locke

    Locke (2014)

    May 24, 2014

    TOM HARDY'S character Ivan Locke, centers around an emotionally tortured man who on the outside seems calm but on the inside is falling apart at the seams. The film was shot entirely in a car, in London with a singular character, Locke, interacting on the phone with those in his life, it's an interesting journey. I couldn't help but feel an emotional connection to everything his character went through - from getting fired, to cheating on his wife, resulting in another woman having his baby; and a somewhat psychotic internal dialogue with his deceased father...

  • The Other Woman

    The Other Woman (2014)

    May 24, 2014

    Can I tell you the movie is more than what you see in the trailers? No, not really, it's a pretty predictable ride, but it's a good ride all the same. I am glad that the writer, Melissa K. Stack, does not have the two women bond too quickly. Carly resists being friends with Kate for a while. She thinks Kate's kooky and can't understand why she's stalking her; especially since she's already explained that she didn't know Mark was married and is no longer seeing him. Carly's best advice to Kate is either be "French", which means turn a blind eye to the infidelity and continue on with life as is; or pretend all is fine, while you "get your ducks in a row", then leave. Kate's not ready for either option, she's in I need a friend mode, and Carly is it, whether she likes it or not...

  • Brick Mansions

    Brick Mansions (2014)

    May 24, 2014

    DAV BELLE plays a con man with a vendetta against the leader of Brick Mansion. He ends up with a price on his head, while attempting to stay straight and eventually get out of the drug game. His character really ends up stealing the film watching his fit body practice the art of Parkour, which is truly a key element to the film. No other upcoming roles are slated for Bell as yet...

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