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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My post on the Brian Williams lying scandal generated the most comments for my blog in February.  Titled " Whom Can We Trust?" it sparked a thought-provoking discussion.  I chose the comment by Bill Beck as the one that stood out for me the most: 


"One thing that getsRead full post »

MARCH 4, 2015 4:15PM

Auditioning Again

Last week I went to my first audition in four years. 

This past summer I performed in a few staged readings, but since my son was born I haven't had the time to commit to a full production.  After discussing it with my wife, I went for it. 

Once the acting bug… Read full post »
MARCH 3, 2015 9:27PM

Movies in March and April 2015

Good riddance, February, you cold, snowy, and overly busy month.  Thank goodness for your brevity. Now March is here and Spring's imminent arrival is warming my thoughts (even though Winter is still refusing to go away). Let's take our bi-monthly look at the movies on the horizon.  … Read full post »
FEBRUARY 10, 2015 11:46AM

Whom Can We Trust?

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been caught in some blatant lies. His on-air apology didn't seem to be enough. More examples of truth-stretching and mis-remembering are coming out, leading to him canceling appearances and taking a leave of absence until all this negative chattRead full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 10:21AM

Best Reader Comment for January 2015


It's time once again to acknowledge the reader this month whose feedback caught my attention and made me think (it's a valiant effort to make be think, mind you!)  Seriously, this month's honoree is Ellen Clancy, via Facebook.  Here are her thoughts on my post "The Retur… Read full post »
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 »


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 »