Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
Location
Bronx, New York, United States of America
Birthday
December 13
Bio
Writer, actor, media professional, fan of entertainment, pop culture, and speculative fiction. Contact nickleshi@aol.com for more info.

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I consider Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys to be one of the most underrated movies of the 1990s.  It was one of my favorites, even better, in my humble opinion, than the great short French flick that inspired it, La Jetee. I was presently surprised to see Syfy's TV series… Read full post »
JANUARY 20, 2015 2:38PM

Recommending The Man in the High Castle

Amazon is riding high after its original series Transparent won a Golden Globe award. It has more shows in the pipeline. The most promising of its new pilots is The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick's alternate history masterpiece. While there are some notable dif… Read full post »
JANUARY 15, 2015 4:12PM

Movies with My Dad

I took my dad to see The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly the other night at the Alamo Drafthouse theater.  He always loved Westerns, and that one, directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef, is one of the best. Made in 1966, it's a… Read full post »
JANUARY 13, 2015 10:58AM

Superheroes from Another Time

Marvel Entertainment's newest television series, Agent Carter, is the latest example of an adventure with a superhero from another time.  It's a fascinating storytelling device to choose a period of history that's not our own and to see the plot unfold as the characters face challen… Read full post »
Even though I decided not to watch the newest edition of The Celebrity Apprentice, I ended up thinking about the show today, because the Internet was chattering about it. Apparently, Donald Trump fired contestant Keshia Knight Pulliam when her team lost one of the competitions.… Read full post »
Last month was another stellar example of the online community sharing their ideas. Thank you all for the wonderful feedback you gave me on all my blog posts.  "Films Too Dangerous to Screen" had the biggest reaction, but November's post about the Bill Cosby scandal, "Can Silence Save a… Read full post »
JANUARY 2, 2015 9:08AM

Movies in January and February 2015

January and February are supposed to be the "quiet" time for movies, but some surprisingly good cinema has debuted during these underrated months for film (The Silence of the Lambs immediately comes to mind).  Here's the list of motion pictures scheduled to be released in the weeks… Read full post »
DECEMBER 30, 2014 9:17AM

Ideas for Star Wars Standalone Movies

While J.J. Abrams brings us the chronological continuation of the Star Wars saga (The Force Awakens), Disney is planning a series of standalone movies set in the Star Wars universe, the first of which will be directed by Gareth Edwards. The official subject matter remains… Read full post »
DECEMBER 17, 2014 11:07PM

Films Too Dangerous to Screen?

The Sony hack attack continues to cause mayhem, leading to the studio decision not to release the movie The Interview in the face of threats of violence toward any theaters that screened it.  I vehemently oppose censorship, but I understand the need to protect the public. I/…

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DECEMBER 10, 2014 9:34PM

Crazy Crossovers

Is it true that Sony is considering a crossover of its 21 Jump Street franchise with Men in Black? Stranger mash-ups have happened. 

We've seen Freddy vs. JasonAliens vs. PredatorGodzilla vs. King Kong (I wrote a post about the best crossov… Read full post »
DECEMBER 3, 2014 9:19AM

Best Reader Comment for November 2014


My post about the Bill Cosby scandal, titled "Can Silence Save a Reputation?," sparked a great discussion with a wide swath of opinions. There were many great comments to choose from, but my pick for best of the month goes to Schopenhorror for this:

"Just because he's silent of thesRead full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 9:36AM

Can Silence Save a Reputation?

The media landscape has changed from the days when silence was a legitimate option in response to a public relations crisis.  One can no longer assume that a scandal will disappear if it is ignored long enough. 

Without passing judgment of guilt or innocence on Bill Cosby, who f… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 18, 2014 10:02AM

When Ideas Repeat Themselves

I've been writing this blog for years and I've tried not to repeat myself. Pop culture is luckily loaded with topics, but this past week I've caught myself almost treading the same territory twice.  I'm still too young to call them "senior moments," but the evidence was upon me that… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 14, 2014 3:47PM

The Odd Couple Through the Years

 

In case you didn't know, Thursday was Felix Unger Day. The opening narration of the classic television comedy The Odd Couple mentioned November 13 as the date when Gloria left Felix, causing the anal-retentive neat freak to move in with his slobby friend Oscar Madison.  You remember the r… Read full post »

Each and every month, I'm amazed that you, the readers, take time to not only peruse what I have to say, but offer me feedback. I appreciate all the ideas and opinions you all share with me.  I've been selecting a "Best Reader Comment of the Month" for a while now,… Read full post »

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The quick turnaround in news about the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Bronx was an emotional roller-coaster for me -- first the sadness that the store might close by the end of the year, then the cautious joy hearing that a temporary two-year lease agreement had been reached

I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2014 1:57PM

Some Delightful Conversations

I had the pleasure of attending another TimesTalks event this past weekend: "Culinary Conversations."  Moderated by the excellent "Media Decoder" columnist David Carr, current and former food critics for The New York Times Pete Wells, Ligaya Mishan, Frank Bruni, William H. Grim… Read full post »
OCTOBER 16, 2014 12:43PM

Pulp Fiction -- 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, I was invited to see an early test screening of a movie I hadn't heard anything about.  I went with friends, our expectations were low, and we were thrilled by what we saw. That movie was Pulp Fiction and it launched an independent film wave that reignited my… Read full post »
Here's another guest post from my old friend Robert.  Share your comments if you've seen the movie too.

Boyhood: Best Movie of 2014?
by Robert La Vallie

Hello, all! Robert here!

Last night, I had the pleasure of watching Boyhood, and this seemingly ordinary movie about the growth of a/Read full post »
OCTOBER 7, 2014 10:48AM

The Return of Twin Peaks

A quarter century after it changed the course of television history with its unorthodox storytelling, Twin Peaks is returning to TV.  Before you shake your head in cynical disregard, thinking that this will be another reboot by Hollywood producers who will desecrate the memory… Read full post »
OCTOBER 5, 2014 11:18AM

Best Reader Comment for September 2014

I'm grateful for all the feedback I receive about the topics I write about on my silly little blog. I receive some comments on Blogger, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google+, and elsewhere, but I still receive the bulk of them on Open Salon. Even though the editors have seemingly abandoned… Read full post »
The news that The Weinstein Company will be releasing its sequel Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on Netflix the same day it's released on limited IMAX screens has sent shockwaves through Hollywood. Netflix already beat brick-and-mortar video distribution co… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 10:02AM

Student Blogs - Fall 2014

It's that time of year again when I reveal the first steps in my students' entry into the blogosphere. Check them out and follow them all semester to see how they evolve.

The Celluloid Chronicle
Weekly musings on films I have recently seen as well as my thoughts on the changes in… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 9:06AM

Book Recommendations: September 2014

Here some books in the science fiction and fantasy genres that you might be interested in reading this month.


A Dangerous Witch by Debora Geary
Book three of the "Witch Central" series that began with A Modern Witch.


The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson
A… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 10:16AM

Boxing Can Be Funny

My friends and I watched the Floyd Mayweather fight on Saturday night, and he has his supporters as well as his detractors. The haters can't deny that he's undefeated and a smart defensive boxer, and his biggest fans can't deny that his style of fighting is ripe for ridicule.  A… Read full post »