On the surface, Irene (Margherita Buy) has it made. As a luxury hotel critic, Irene jet sets across the globe, stopping at the most picturesque locations, staying at the most luxurious of hotels and dining on the most phenomenal of cuisines. And the best part about all of this, they pay her to do it. Nice work if you can get it. I imagine that when Irene was twenty, this was the glamorous life that she dreamed of. No attachments and no major responsibilities. Just the sheer pleasure of getting paid to travel. Now that Irene is pushing fifty, she’s … Continue reading A FIVE STAR LIFE


Maleficent is Disney’s latest in a spate of Nostalgia Branding, a trend spawned from the enormous box-office success of 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. Last year’s Saving Mr. Banks was a lesser movie than the movie it referenced, Mary Poppins, but the performances from Tom Hanks as Uncle Walt and Emma Thompson as writer P.L. Travers added enough heart to carry the otherwise schmaltz material. Coming next year, Disney will revamp Cinderella and I am sure there are many more of these can’t miss financial opportunities to come. The logic is: if you see Maleficent, Disney get’s your money. If you … Continue reading MALEFICENT