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Film Review: “FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT” has the wedding bell blues





Our host, Stefanie Alleyne sits down with today’s panelist, Carmen Mathis, to discuss the romantic comedy, “Five Year Engagement,” at a Brooklyn bar favorite, Fulton Grand located in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Co-written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and directed by Nicholas Stoller, “Five Year Engagement,” is a romantic comedy that stars Emily Blunt and Jason Segel as a couple who just can’t seem to get to the church on time.  The story begins in San Francisco, CA, where Tom, played by Jason Segel, is a rock-star-chef-in-the-making and Violet, played by Emily Blunt, is his adorable British girlfriend, committing to doing post graduate work.  After having just spent one glorious year together, they become engaged. As so often happens in this game of life, Continue reading

Film Review: MONSIEUR LAZHAR is a lesson in healing





Shot in Inwood, Manhattan’s most northern neighborhood, our spectacular host, Stefanie Alleyne, joins today’s panelists, Erin Parks, a digital media professional; Patrice Francois, a screenwriter and actress; and Carmen Lee Shue, a veteran real estate agent; at “Inwood Local,” a splendid wine bar and beer garden, to review and discuss the Canadian indie favorite and an 2012 Oscar nominated film for Best Foreign Film, “Monsieur Lazhar.”


“Monsieur Lazhar,” is the fourth film by Canadian writer and director, Philippe Falardeau. It is based on a stage play written by Evelyne de la Cheneliere. The story takes place during a snowy winter in a public school in Montreal, Quebec where a class of sixth graders are coming to terms Continue reading

Film Review: A SEPARATION connects us with its gripping authenticity




Our host, Stefanie Alleyne chats it up with today’s panelist, Yahaira Pulino, at the Bedford-
Stuyvesant urban country cafe, Peaches Hothouse, to review and discuss the amazing film, “A
Separation.”

A classic tale of cause and effect, it’s easy to understand why the Iranian film, “A Separation” has had endless major accolades globally (46 wins and 20 nominations) bestowed upon it in the past year. And, as this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, this masterpiece’s dexterity to mesmerize forges on. Flawlessly written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film succeeds on every level. Continue reading