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EstroGenius 2014 4th Street Theatre 83 E. 4th St., NYC October 2-November 2, 2014

The EstroGenius Festival, currently in its 15th year, spotlights women artists in theater. It is organized into three separate shows -- Andi’s Night, Deb’s Night, and Sarah’s Night -- that each consist of five short plays totaling about an hour and a half per "Night." At the end of a program, audience members can vote for their favorite performer, writer, and director on a ballot included in the program, and votes can also be cast for favorite play for a one-dollar donation per vote. The winning play receives a special encore performance at the end of the festival.

Andi’s Night opens with Snow White Zombie (by Brent Lengel; dir. Sara Stevens), a light, almost fan-fiction-esque imagining of a zombie plague in the land of classic fairy-tale characters. It includes some fun fight choreography and the nice
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Paradise Postponed - box set review

John Mortimer's socialist riposte to Thatcherism is beautifully acted and simply oozes nostalgia for a bygone Britain

Paradise Postponed was part of the wave of heritage drama that engulfed Britain during the Thatcher years. John Mortimer had recently adapted Brideshead Revisited and now threw himself into this panoramic history of postwar Britain, anchoring it in the goings-on in the fictional home counties village of Rapstone Fanner, and placing two mysteries at its core: why did leftie vicar Simeon Simcox leave his brewery millions to wealthy local Tory MP Leslie Titmuss, and why doesn't his wife seem to mind? "I was never all that concerned about the New Jerusalem," murmurs Mrs Simcox, played by Annette Crosbie long before One Foot in the Grave. "I suppose I've always had far too much to do in the garden."

The plot flashes forward and back over 40 years, taking in the postwar Labour government,
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Bullets and bats: when Hammer Films met 007

“My name is Bond - James Bond". That classic introduction to the cinema’s greatest secret agent is as famous as “I am Dracula, I bid you welcome.” When the box office success of Dr No (1962) turned the unknown Sean Connery into a movie legend, Hammer was never far away from the franchise. With their own films running parallel to the Bond series, Hammer and Eon Productions often made use of the same talent.

Dr No also marked the debuts of Bernard Lee (the first of 11 films as M) and Lois Maxwell (the first of 14 as Miss Moneypenny). Lee had a brief turn as Tarmut in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) and despite never starring in a Hammer horror, Maxwell turned up in their early fifties thrillers Lady in the Fog (1953) and Mantrap (1954).

As doomed double-agent Professor Dent, Anthony Dawson is best known as the vile Marquis in Curse
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Blu-Ray Review: The Breakfast Club – Classic, Essential Film Letdown By Mediocre Transfer

A beautiful and telling portrait of teenage rebellion that announced the rejection of yuppy culture in favour of one of spirited malcontent or a puff-ball fantasy of idealised youth? The Breakfast Club inspires myriad “readings”- it’s also an allegory for the diverse sub-cultures of the school environment- and yet also remains a pop culture mainstay cited and treasured as a coming of age film for all ages.

But, fuck all that – the reason it’s still incredibly popular and an iconic event in cinema for those who grew up at the right time to enjoy it is that it is a great example of perfect character-based story-telling, with conflict, resolution and awkward teenage romance. And that enduring popularity has seen the John Hughes classic finally released to Blu-ray this week.The genius of The Breakfast Club is that if someone asks what it’s about, it is almost
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Top Ten Tuesday: High School Principals

With Diablo Cody’s new high school horror film Jennifer’S Body tearing it’s way onto screens this Friday and school itself getting back into session, it’s the perfect opportunity to honor that age old character staple of high school movies, the one that everyone loves to hate, the bane of teenage existence… the high school principle! (Make believe, of course, no offense to any high school principles who may be reading this… or, not!) We’ve decided to take a look back on all the great movies about high school and compile a list of our most favorite of the less-than-favorable members of the cinematic school staff.

10. Mr. Strickland (James Tolkan in Back To The Future)

Mr. Stricktland hates the McFly’s. He has made it known that the one thing that he hates most in the world are slackers. Principal of Hill Valley High School, he
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Remembering John Hughes In His Own Words

Whether you're an avid John Hughes fan or a just a casual appreciator, there's no denying that the tragically deceased writer-director-producer penned some of the most unforgettably hilarious rants and one-liners ever utted on the big screen. Don't believe me? The following ten quotes provide better proof than I ever could. Just beware of the profanity, kids.

"Nothin' burps better than bacon."

- Ed O'Neill as Dutch, "Dutch"

"Pucker up, buttercup!"

- Jeffrey Jones as Principal Ed Rooney, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

"I tell you what I'm gonna give you, Snakes. I'm gonna give you to the count of 10 to get your ugly, yellow, no-good keister off my property before I pump your guts full of lead! One, two, ten!"

- Ralph Foody as Gangster Johnny, "Home Alone"

"I'm gonna knock your d-ck in the dirt."

- Paul Gleason as Principal Richard Vernon, "The Breakfast Club"

"The thing is, I'm kinda like the leader.
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