Nick Leshi

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


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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

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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 »
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 9:50AM

Magazine Roundup: September 2014

A look at this month's print magazines shows what earned the buzz in the world of entertainment: The Simpsons and Family Guy crossover, the new Doctor Who, the new season of The Walking Dead, Star Wars: Rebels, the passing of Joan Rivers, the new iPhone and Apple Watch, and the… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 11:10AM

Books and Movies That Have Stayed With Me

On Facebook, folks have been posting challenges and chain-games for a while, and every so often they "tag" me.  A variation of the same "game" came up twice this past week -- one to quickly name the books that impacted my life, and the other to do the same for… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 9:33PM

Is There in Truth No Privacy?

The recent breach in iCloud security, in which private celebrity photographs (many nude) were accessed and distributed without permission, proves the point I've been making for a long time: assume that anything you post online or save in the farthest reaches of cyberspace might be seen b… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 11:24AM

Best Reader Comment for August 2014

I picked up my blog frequency and you all responded in kind, sharing your thoughts with me and making my heart smile.  It was incredibly difficult to choose one post among the many to dub the "Reader Comment of the Month," since such a wide variety of different people posted… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 1:34PM

My Favorite Magicians

I'm glad to hear that The History Channel's mini-series Houdini starring Adrien Brody is a huge ratings hit.  Magic is as popular as ever. My favorite modern illusionists are:

David Blaine -- From cool street magician who hung out with the stars to endurance pe… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 11:44AM

Movies in September and October 2014

Summer, where have you gone? Time to look at the movies coming our way in September and October. (All release dates are subject to change.)


Forrest Gump IMAX (September 5) -- Can you believe it's been twenty years since Tom Hanks brought this cha… Read full post »
AUGUST 30, 2014 9:30PM

Happy Labor Day Weekend

No matter how thankless you think your job might be, remember that things could be worse -- you could be a Red Shirt on Star Trek.

Seriously, enjoy the holiday weekend and thank you to everyone for every job you do to make this world of ours a better place. Hope you… Read full post »
AUGUST 27, 2014 10:16PM

Golden Age of TV or Gilded Age?


The New York Times had a fascinating post-Emmy-Awards article in Tuesday's paper in which the writer Alessandra Stanley eloquently ponders whether we are witnessing a "Gilded Age of Television." We've heard the phrase "Golden Age" bandied about, as some critics and the genera/… Read full post »
AUGUST 27, 2014 10:13PM

Enjoying a Retro Game

During my staycation, I dusted off my PlayStation3 and looked for games that weren't too violent to play with my daughter.  I found demos for Dream Chronicles and Faery: Legend of Avalon, which she loved.  None of the games I had on my shelf seemed appropriate to play… Read full post »
A conversation on Facebook today about a casting call that asked that those who've worked on the show before not apply started me thinking about the long list of examples of actors who have been cast in different roles in the same television series. I'm not talking about shows like … Read full post »
AUGUST 24, 2014 11:00PM

Thoughts After Watching Cement Heads

I was alone with my baby boy today while my wife and daughter went to visit my mother-in-law.  When he was taking his nap for a few hours, I turned on the TV and started flipping the channels, something I rarely do anymore -- usually I'm just/…

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AUGUST 24, 2014 9:38PM

My Daughter's First Baseball Game

I took my daughter to her first baseball game on Saturday and it was truly an almost perfect experience.  I want to thank the New York Yankees and Mastercard Priceless NY for making this a day that my family will never forget.

It was Joe Torre Day/… Read full post »
AUGUST 23, 2014 10:06PM

Great Movie Monologues: Part 2

And the movie monologues keep on coming.  This is going to be a fun series.

Beautiful Girls -- Rosie O'Donnell as Gina
"These are not real women, all right? They're beauty freaks. And they make all us normal women with our wrinkles, our puckered boobs, (Hi, Bob), and our/…

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AUGUST 22, 2014 2:00PM

Great Movie Monologues: Part 1

Some people have song stuck in there heads.  I have movie monologues.  Here are some:

And Justice For All: Al Pacino as Arthur Kirkland
"That man is guilty! That man there, that man is a slime! He is a slime! If he's allowed to go free, then something really wrong is goin'… Read full post »
AUGUST 21, 2014 1:41PM

Xon and Other Puzzle Apps

You may recall back in 2009 I was feeling nostalgic for games like Myst and blogged my question wondering why there weren't more puzzle games. You'll be happy to know that game designers must have heard my plea and have rewarded me with some apps that have engrossing visual rid… Read full post »