Westchester's Pop Culture

Spring Blockbusters: Is March the New May When It Comes to Movies?

Nothing is more dependable than the movie-release calendar. It heralds the changing of the seasons more reliably than tides, bird migrations, or the blossoming of local flora.

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How Did Westchester Do at the Oscars?

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Are Any Grammy Award Winners From Our Area?

I know that, like a good parent thinking about her offspring, I, as a pop-culture blogger, should love all awards presentations equally. But, in truth, I hate the Grammy Awards.

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The Super Bowl Ads You Didn't See: 2012

There are many reasons you may have paid attention to the Super Bowl. Most likely, you were interested in the game. (Hopefully, you're a Giants fan—hooray for Big Blue!) If not, you may have been into the spread of cheesy, caloric snacks. You may've had some money on the game, or some crazy aspect of it. You might be a Madonna/Kelly Clarkson/bird-flipping MIA fan. You may've gone to a party with a secret agenda to get people to flip to the Puppy Bowl during the slow bits.

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Hastings Native Wins Sundance Grand Jury Prize

It's a good time to be a local filmmaker. Last week, three Westchester natives woke up to news about their Oscar nominations. Bedford resident Glenn Close received a nod for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her Albert Nobbs.

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The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards Cures Your Young-Adult, Gift-Giving Woes

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Paradise Lost 3 Is the Opposite of the Glitzy Golden Globes

I know everybody's still buzzing about the Golden Globes, with its voluminous dresses, puppy cameo, and not-really-all-that-unleashed host. Unfortunately, there's not much we can say about it here. Our area is not represented in the winner's circle. Bedford native Rooney Mara, nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, lost to—of course—Meryl Streep. Even our location lost out: Mildred Pierce, which was filmed partially in Peekskill, lost its Best Mini-Series award to the buttoned-up Brits in Downton Abbey. Maybe if someone from our area had made a delightful silent film with big smiles, tap-dancing, and an adorable dog, we would've fared a little better. Oh well—it’s onto the Oscars!

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Dobbs Ferry's Max Greenfield and the Winter/Spring TV Preview

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The Biggest References to Westchester in Pop Culture in 2011

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What Movies to See Over the Christmas Holiday?

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Our Scenery Can Sometimes Surprise You

There were two movies in theaters this weekend that I want to talk about: The Sitter and Young Adult. The Sitter is an Adventures-in-Babysitting-style comedy, where the titular babysitter, played by Jonah Hill, starts off in suburban surroundings. He's charged with taking care of three overprivileged, overindulged children. He starts off watching them in their giant, perfectly decorated home, but, when he gets a call from a girl at a party in Brooklyn, he herds them into their parents’ minivan—complete with New York license plate and one of those little stickers that show you how big the family is—and takes them for R-rated adventures in the gritty city.

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This Year’s Crop of Christmas Albums

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Broadway Bound: Where to Find Your Neighbors on the Great White Way

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It's Bravo for COUTUREDossier's Yulia Omelich

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Thanksgiving Movie Preview: What Films to See Over the Long Weekend

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Articles Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester Magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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