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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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 »
AUGUST 20, 2014 3:27PM

Magazine Round-Up: August 2014

If any of you still read print magazines, here's a look at the genre publications this month. It started off highlighting some anticipated blockbusters (some of which delayed their premieres, like Jupiter Ascending, making the world anticipate them a little longer) and ending in sadness… Read full post »
AUGUST 18, 2014 10:52PM

Defending the Ice Bucket Challenge

By now most of you have heard of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. I was nominated by one of my sisters and made a donation to the ALS Association (and my sister still convinced… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2014 8:07PM

I Approve of The Approval Matrix

A guilty pleasure of New York magazine is the "Approval Matrix" column, where they rank cultural stuff on a grid from Highbrow to Lowbrow and Brilliant to Despicable. Now they've turned it into a show on Sundance TV. At first glance, I suspected it would be a stretch to force the gi… Read full post »
AUGUST 15, 2014 9:54PM

Replacements Who Became Stars

Sometimes the understudy becomes the star. Sometimes a replacement steps in and becomes even great than the person replaced. Here are a few who did just that.

Lou Gehrig -- The Iron Horse was just a kid stepping in for the firstbaseman Wally Pipp, a home run leader for a number of… Read full post »
AUGUST 15, 2014 9:59AM

The Movies of Director Luc Besson

I went to see the movie Lucy with my friends Damian and Samone the other night. It's directed by Luc Besson, who has had an interesting body of work during his cinematic career.  Here's a rundown, in alphabetical order, of his feature-length motion pictures.


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AUGUST 14, 2014 10:41AM

Sharks in Movies and on TV

We're in the midst of the Discovery Channel's enormously successful Shark Week.  What is it about those creatures of the deep that captivates our collective imagination? The obvious answer is that some of them are frighteningly monstrous. The root of their grip on pop culture lies i… Read full post »
Robert has shared his thoughts on the new Planet of the Apes sequel.

The Light Shineth on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
by Robert La Vallie

The monkeys are ba-a-ack.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the 2014 sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes Read full post »
AUGUST 11, 2014 8:48PM

Robin Williams

No words.

Rest in Peace.  Read full post »
The new reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has done better than expected at the box office and a sequel is already planned for this latest rendition of characters that were created in 1984. When Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird first self-published their simple parody comic, I wond… Read full post »
The other day on Facebook, a friend of mine started a fun conversation based on a story he came across on NPR about movies that make men cry.  We started naming films that never fail to bring a tear to our eyes. Some of the titles that came up were UpSaving Private RyanRu… Read full post »
On Wednesday, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed the title of the next Terminator movie. Rumors had the subtitle as Genesis, but the Instagram picture that Ahnold posted showed a rather peculiar spelling: "Genisys."  All will be explained when the film is relea… Read full post »
AUGUST 6, 2014 9:31AM

My Summer TV Viewing List

If you have any leisure time this summer when the weather outside might not be cooperating, here are some television shows to while away the hours until the clouds clear and the sun comes out again.


The 100 (CW) -- Almost a century after a nuclear war/… Read full post »
AUGUST 5, 2014 10:38AM

When Will the Marvel Bubble Burst?

Marvel has done it again. Guardians of the Galaxy, which many considered to be an enormous gamble, has turned out to be one of the biggest openings for any of the films in Marvel's recent Cinematic Universe, earning $94 million. Even if it doesn't have "legs" as they say in the… Read full post »
AUGUST 3, 2014 10:36PM

Book Recommendations

If you're still looking for some summer reading material, here are some books to consider:


Afterparty by Daryl Gregory -- In a near future world where people create their own drugs, a young woman escapes a mental institution when she discovers that a narcotic she helped create has… Read full post »
AUGUST 2, 2014 10:08PM

Best Crossovers Ever

The upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy has a lot of fans excited.  Certain characters seem destined to eventual meet. Most crossovers are just guilty pleasures, nothing more than glorified fan-fiction, but it all still manages to entertain, even if in the end it/…

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AUGUST 1, 2014 10:18PM

Best Reader Comment for July 2014

Even though I've slacked with the frequency of my posts this past month, my readers have still impressed me with their feedback. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The best reader comment for July 2014 was by Francois Arouet who wrote in response to an essay of/…

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AUGUST 1, 2014 9:20PM

The Amazing Comeback of Weird Al

Alfred Matthew Yankovic has had quite the spectacular comeback this past month. You may know him better as "Weird Al." Some of you young'uns might actually be learning about him for the first time.  He's been around forever, a lampoon artist extraordinaire, but his glory days were the 19… Read full post »
JULY 31, 2014 11:38AM

Danger: Low Frequency

It was only a matter of time before my new blog posting schedule would bite me in the derriere. I started City of Kik with the intention of posting every single day, and for the first few years I managed to do that. The regular frequency (and hopefully some of the actual… Read full post »
Every major Hollywood studio seems to be trying to mimic the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Who can blame them? Fans have been flocking to Disney's superhero movies with no end in sight.  Warner Bros. is trying to apply the same formula to its DC Universe properties/…

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JUNE 22, 2014 12:23AM

Books Worth Re-Reading


Summertime is finally here! Many folks are scouring the bestseller lists for beach reading material, but why not consider re-reading some blasts-from-the-past that have been collecting dust on the bookshelf? I've listed a bunch that have served me well after multiple go-throughs. Plus, if/…

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JUNE 19, 2014 4:49PM

Too Many Pixar Sequels?

Is Pixar, the animation company know for such instant classics as A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, and WALL*E, losing its creative edge by relying on too many sequels to previous hits?

No one can argue that the Toy Story trilogy was brilliant, but did we really need Cars 2?

Monsters,… Read full post »
JUNE 17, 2014 11:10AM

A Good Time to Be a Sports Fan

Even though my New York Yankees might be playing catch up to the Toronto Blue Jays, plenty of other sports events besides baseball this week have kept my interest. It's an exciting time to be a sports fan.

California Chrome teased us chasing the Triple Crown only to/…

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If you enjoy speculative fiction as much as I do, it's tough to avoid tales that deal with time travel. Odds are that you probably have a favorite story that deals with temporal hopping. I certainly have a list of my own personal faves -- BackRead full post »