The Big Sick makes me feel good about romantic comedy

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani really lived The Big Sick. And the writer and stand-up comic/actor had enough smarts – and guts – to take their how’d-we-meet story to paper together and allow producer Judd Apatow and director Michael Showalter put the touches on it for the big screen. Lucky us. This is an…

Everywhere Everywhere leaves me feeling nowhere

Another movie taken from the pages from a YA novel, is this romantic excursion Everything, Everything. I’ve stopped treading so lightly to these Young Adult fests, having been thoroughly pulled into the treatments of The Fault of Our Stars, Paper Towns and, episode by episode, the dystopian-ness of The Hunger Games and Divergent. So I…

Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn grab my guilty laughs in Snatched

You couldn’t help but root for Amy Schumer in her movie premiere from 2015, Trainwreck. Now that was a romantic comedy that showed off every bid of her wit and wisdom, as she wrote and starred as a woman who learned from life and about herself to grow into something special. The direction of prolific…

The Fate of the Furious is to keep our eyes popping, still

When a movie franchise reaches installment eight, fans are going to the theater either out of habit, fierce loyalty or morbid curiosity. Maybe even some fearful combination of all of the above. Have no fear, lovers of the whiz-bang that started way back in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious. Vin Diesel as the…

Cowboys Saloon straps on a satisfying feed bag

The atmosphere for dinner at Cowboys Saloon certainly was interesting when my dear wife Karen dropped in recently. There was a decent-sized crowd around 6 on a Friday night as we picked the spot that replaced Toby Keith’s joint to fill our tummies and the time before the night’s movie at Syracuse mega shopping, dining…