Our non-political and non-religious column hoped Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah fell in December this year like it did a few years ago. Our holiday wishes would, then, ring out to 4/7 of the religious universe. Nonetheless, Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s 240th WordPress issue wishes everyone a joyous, safe, and healthy December and New Year with an amazing array of new finds and adventures to come.
B. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Loved Wednesday (6-0 Office Vote)!
Netflix And Tim Burton Won The Giant Slalom With This One!
8 Enchanted 46 Minute Episodes Of This Addams’ Family Remake!
Wednesday will soon become the most watched Netflix series of all time. That is really some feat for a movie that is an update of the Addams Family that few 10-25 year-olds have seen! Although seemingly geared to the under 25 audience, the movie zoomed to upper age (our office and more) embracing.
Wednesday, a half comedy, half mystical journey, half horror story (Oops, two many halves) stars Jenna Ortega in the Wednesday Addams role played by Christine Ricci in the original series and now Jenna’s school advisor in this eight part series.
Wednesday, a rye, antisocial misfit was thrown out of her previous school for putting piranha in the swimming pool during a men’s water polo team practice. The team locked her brother, Pugsley, in his school hallway locker. The piranha, in her mind, were payback.
Wednesday’s parents, Catherine Zeta Jones (Mortica) and Luis Guizman (Gomez) immediately whisk her off to Jericho, Vermont and Nevermore Academy their high school Alma Mater. Nevermore Academy is the haven for all sorts of monster children trying to hone their abilities and return to the mainstream…
Wednesday’s unsociable behavior, put-offishness, and defiant nature puts her at odds with everyone at Nevermore, especially the principal. Wednesday is, definitely not a joiner. Her negative speech puts everyone at a distance. Even her roommate Gwendoline Christie takes a long while of many day-old back and forth confrontations to understand her…somewhat!
Four of Wednesday’s episodes are directed by Tim Burton. The writing of the cast’s interplay and back and forth interactions by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar is extraordinary! We all thought I women had written Wednesday’s part, banter and all…sexist as that may seem. You will see and agree with us on your first impressions of the writing!
Wednesday is to learn that she has psychic abilities just like her mother’s. She will need these abilities to solve a murder and stop the Unspeakable for destroying Nevermore and all its students.
Each issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia features our best watching and listening recommendation. Neflix’s Wednesday is our suggestion with no rivals by far for this weekend.
C. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Has Been To The Peripheral!
Our Best Of The Under Twenty-fives Year Old Actresses Has Three Winners!
Grace Chloe Moretz Sparkles In This Puzzling, Going Ahead In Time Journey!
You Will Not Put Video Goggles Or Headsets On After Seeing This One!
This week’s office seek and find in lieu of our normal Friday afternoon lunch and a movie was: What female actor under the age of twenty-five will be the next Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Jennifer Aniston, or Whitney Houston. Our Christmas Friday jaunt was destroyed by bad weather and a let’s get on the road for Christmas cry!
The criteria for our new actress nominations had to be talent, versatility, and an extensive, diverse, body of work across many acting categories. Our three finalists were Zendaya, Ellie Fanning, and Grace Chloe Moretz. Ranker, a great resource, has every list imaginable from Actresses to Zebras (maybe not zebras) did not even have Grace Chloe Moretz in their top 25.
She won out in our research, because, it was a tie until we viewed her twenty, Yes! Twenty, magazine covers and her new series Peripheral.
If you were poor and in a backwoods Appalachian town, what would you do for excitement? Chloe and her brother watch and test video games for a local game creator on all types of headsets. At the start of this eight part series, her brother hands her his latest game to try and hear her thoughts on the game. She is automatically transported to forty years in the future. In the future, she learns about money, medicine for her blind mother, romance, deception, and how to make her dreams come true.
The can’t put down game soon starts to effect the present. For fun, you should try to consider what you would do in and with the new danger that menaces everything that confronts her. If you have ever played a video game, this series is meant for you. If you have worn a headset while playing, look out!
D. Let’s Talk Philadelphia…30 Years And Counting!
At One Time We Were Just A One Page Newsletter Handed Out At The Corner Of Broad And Walnut And University Of the Arts Classrooms In Philadelphia!
Wow! 30 Years Is Three Decades Of Writing!
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E. The Hunger Games Is Celebrating Its Tenth Anniversary!
The four movies series starring Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, and Josh Hutcherson has surpassed three billion dollars. The Suzanne Collins four book series generating the movie series has over 150 million copies in print.
The movie’s civil war staunching Hunger Games, a battle to the death between contestants from thirteen states is devised by Panem, the capital, to remind the states of their obedience to the brutal Donald Sutherland lead Panem. Jennifer Lawrence (10 billion dollars in movies in which she has appeared), Katniss Everdeen, is one of the contestants and will lead the battle against Panem’s totalitarian rule. The movie does have kissing and killing in a myriad of new ways while stressing family and independence.
Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services have paid into The Hunger Games’ coffers to host the complete four part series binge watch in this weekend’s cold. You can, also, see this series On Demand and through a number of additional free movie sites.
F. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Is Ready To Tour Italy In Person Or On One Of Luca Cottini’s Podcasts And More!
You Will, Surely, Sign Up For One Of Luca’s College Classes After Reviewing His Suggestions, Lessons, And Tours!
Luca’s Share Follows!
Italian Innovators is an academic project and YouTube channel created by Luca Cottini, associate professor of Italian Studies at Villanova University and author of The Art of Objects: The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928 (University of Toronto Press, 2018).Italian Innovators aims to present Italy’s contributions to the modern world and to explore its success model, which Cottini traces in its deliberate fusion of arts and industry, beauty and technology, craft and production—an Italy that is not a repository of past marvels, but rather an incredibly lively piazza of creativity and innovation.
The show brings together academia and storytelling, literary imagination, cultural history, visual arts and industrial entrepreneurship while investigating the Italian approach to innovation in fashion, design, music, food, and technology. In an effort to make the Italian model accessible to a diversified audience, the content is organized in various formats: presentations of innovative figures, interviews with key players in contemporary Italian culture, lessons on Italian cultural history, and public lectures on the channel’s themes.
Let’s Go Philadelphia 76ers!
G. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Salutes Kate Scott!
You Will Enjoy Listening To Her Play By Play Announcing!
Go To NBA Scores On Your Computer And Click On The Latest 76er’s Game.
You Will See 15 Minutes Of The Game’s Highlights Narrated By Kate!
H. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Again Embraces The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty!
A Great Holiday See Or Read!
After Seeing The Movie Or Reading The Books, You’ll Fly To Your First Or Next Awesome Adventure?
You Tube, Internet Movie Database (IMDB), Crackle, and Tubi (amongst ten others) are streaming thousands of free movies to your computer and, then, to your television. Take a look at The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty on You Tube to sample free offerings of great, quality present day movie selections.
Ben Stiller stars in and directs The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. It is very different remake from the 1947 version with the bumbling Danny Kaye and beautiful Virginia Mayo. The 1947 version isnow showing on your local On Demand channels as a nice precursor to the newer movie in: free movies You Tube.
Everyone in our office, young and old, alone in their living room or bedroom, said they spontaneously applauded at the conclusion of the movie. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a feel good movie filled with silly antics leading to a great, easy to imitate journey. It is perfect for the up-coming holidays or any time of the year.
Walter Mitty, like most of us, is a dreamer. Instead of confronting difficult or possibly enjoyable situations in his life, he skips to fantastic adventures in his mind. His body freezes in this daydream state whenever this happens. Those around him are not charmed by these advents, especially his new boss. His sister, Odessa (Kathryn Hahn), and his mother (Shirley MacLaine), understand these freezes, but few others do!
Kristen Wiig, Cheryl, is a workmate that has Mr. Mitty smitten. He cannot connect with her at work or on a national dating site. Walter has done nothing. Therefore, nothing is in his profile to attract anyone’s attention. A botched assignment at work and the encouragement of Kristen put Walter on a road to discovery. As he pursues the mystery of the assignment (a missing slide) and undertakes a global journey to find it, his successes and failures make him stronger. His online profile becomes more interesting, also.
An underlying feature surrounding this story is the publication of the last issue of Life Magazine. Walter is responsible for the last cover…hence his amazing quest. Life’s classic covers are featured on office walls and hallways throughout the movie. They offer many great past visions of history, people, and art.
You will definitely leave your computer screen thinking that if Walter can do it, why can’t I be next! Pick a small journey and start it after watching this classic. Finish your chocolate chip cookies and home cooked popcorn first, please.
H. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Sees The Ghost of James Thurbur In Its Hallways! James Thurber Is Aptly Named…The Prince Of The Short Story!
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a short story by James Thurber. Don’t expect to find it at your major bookstore. Our stops to three big time book emporiums were pointless. Everyone should have a Book Exchange Store in their neighborhood. It is like a trip back in book time if you have one near you. Past stories and writers come alive with ten selections of everything they have written! New books are half price! Half Price??? Find Your Next Favorite Destination!
David Baldacci’s The Hit (2013) joined Carnival in the take home bag.
James Thurber’s The Thurber Carnival jumped off the Book Exchange’s shelf.
Hope you have an old time bookstore near you?
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, thirty short stories, and thirty cartoons drawn by Thurber graced the book’s landscape. Thurber’s words in simple fashion tell stories of the famous and not so famous. His characters are memorable and discussion provoking. Thurber was and is Americanna. If you only read one story after Mitty try The Secret Life Of James Thurber. It tells how Salvadore Dali’s life and paintings influenced Thurber’s ideas, drawings, and writings.
I. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Monthly Puzzle!
WIN…ter Words Salutes The New Snowy In Some Places’ Season!
Two Minutes And You Should Be Finished…Or Not!
My Adelina winter outfit is our lead-in to Tom Palumbo’s new two minute puzzle WIN…TER Words. Clues that follow will help you find WIN in exact order in the beginning, middle, or end of these words. After finishing, read the clues to a friend to solve over the phone.
What WIN is:
Example 1…An eye movement/Wink
Example 2…A grimace/Wince
1. A Stanley Cup holder
2. The Jets Of hockey
3. Famous cathedral
4. A double
5. A garage find
6. A lifesaver
7. A bicycle
8. A farm denizen
9. VCR must have
11. A pane location
13. Complain baby style
14. Maverick’s passenger
15. A heavy drinker
16. A type of shoe
17. German general Rommel
19. A prime minister
20. Playground must have
21. Snow time
22. A rattlesnake
23. Pale indigo color