"Django Unchained," with five Oscar nominations, has been on my must-see list of movies in theatrical release.
Still, there was trepidation about seeing "Django Unchained." I delayed seeing Quentin Tarantino's latest opus and an opus it is because of advance word about its depiction of graphic violence and the extensive use of the "N" word.
That said, "Django Unchained" deserves the Oscar Picture, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), Cinematography and Sound Editing nominations.
The French really know how to do depressing.
They also have a way of finding that silver lining in the most cloudy of lives and circumstances. Essentially, the French romanticize pain.
"Rust and Bone" ("De rouille et d'os"), directed by French film-maker Jacques Audiard, is inspiring, despite the tragedy that befalls its protagonist, Stephanie (Marion Cotillard).
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has received a report on possible changes to on-street parking on the township's east side.
However, details of the report are not being released to township residents at this time, according to Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano.
Soriano said he will meet with Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles and township Public Works Department Director John Andreas to discuss the report.
Soriano said once officials determine a specific plan, a public meeting will be held.
The possibility of Salisbury Township to be only the third municipality in Lehigh County to be designated as an Audubon Society "Bird Town" appears likely following a positive reception to the concept by the township board of commissioners.
Commissioners discussed the designation during a workshop following the Jan. 24 township meeting.
A vote to approve the township applying for Bird Town designation is expected to be on the agenda of the next township meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 14.
"Zero Dark Thirty," an Oscar picrtue nominee and an American Film Institute movie of the year, is an intense cinema-going experience.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is nothing less than an account of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon and bin Laden's killing by United States Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.
Restoration of the Green Future Fund by Lehigh County Commissioners will allow Salisbury Township officials to proceed with an application for a state grant for the Lindberg Park Trail connection to Allentown Parkway.
The trail is key to the Lindberg Park Master Plan, approval of which by township commissioners could occur as soon as next month.
County commissioners Jan. 23 voted unanimously to approve the release of $1.06 million in Green Future funding for projects in county townships, boroughs and cities, including $160,400 for the Lindberg Park trail.
Stephanie Gardner wrote her way into film-making.
Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate living in New York City, screens seven of her short films, 3 p.m. Jan. 26, The Barrister's Club, 1114 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken for the production of Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens next month in Montreal, Canada. "It's meant to be the antithesis of the typical Paris love story," Gardner says.
"Silver Linings Playbook" is amazing, entertaining and profound.
Writer-Director David O. Russell draws from life experience to create a compassionate, funny and charming portrayal of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), a young man with mental health problems who is trying to get his life back together.
He's released into the care of his Philadelphia area parents, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki Weaver). Pat Jr. only wants to get back with his estranged wife, Nikki. However, Pat Jr. meets a young woman, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a widow who has her own problems.
"Les Miserables" is an astounding movie, rivaling the best movie musicals ever.
The Top 10 all-time movie musicals, according to an American Film Institute list from 2006, are: 1. "Singing in the Rain" (1952), 2. "West Side Story" (1961), 3. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), 4. "The Sound of Music" (1965), 5. "Cabaret" (1972), 6. "Mary Poppins" (1964), 7. "A Star Is Born" (1954), 8. "My Fair Lady" (1964), 9. "An American in Paris" (1951), and 10. "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944).
While even a list as prestigious as that of AFI is debatable, put "Les Miserables" on your must-see list.
The future of a $160,400 Lehigh County grant approved for the Salisbury Township Lindberg Park trail connection is going nowhere.
The holdup is because the future of the Lehigh County Green Future Fund is still in doubt.
Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners learned at their Jan. 10 workshop Lehigh County Commissioners at their Jan. 9 meeting again failed to approve the release of the Green Future Fund providing $1.06 million to park and trail projects in the county, including $160,400 for the Lindberg Park trail link to Lehigh Parkway, Allentown.