Leonard Wechsler

Poor Customer Service In Our Modern Era

By at April 24, 2015 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

Poor Customer Service In Our Modern Era

‘I’ ON CULTURE People constantly moan about the lack of service by many businesses these days. A major reason for this, however, seems to be the desire to provide more service. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But far too many places seem to want to give so much more that things fall apart. There probably is some sort of scientific law about this (maybe the Third Law of more...

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Great Acting And Music Save ‘Danny Collins’

By at April 17, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Great Acting And Music Save ‘Danny Collins’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Seeing the new movie Danny Collins is like going to a golden oldies concert. It’s like comfort food: It goes down easy, although there’s not much new. Danny (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star who has not had a hit in years but rakes in money by doing concerts that are a rehash of his songs for aging Baby Boomers. He comes out wearing a fake tan more...

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‘Furious 7’ An OK Film That’s Fun To Watch

By at April 10, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Furious 7’ An OK Film That’s Fun To Watch

‘I’ ON CULTURE Who would believe that the seventh movie in a series could still be a lot of fun, forcing you to hang on with non-stop action? Furious 7 manages that. It is not a great movie; it barely qualifies as a good movie. But I actually had more fun than at most of the movies nominated for an Oscar this past year combined. The series uses a mixed-race more...

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A Few Laughs But A Terrible Plot In ‘Get Hard’

By at April 3, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

A Few Laughs But A Terrible Plot In ‘Get Hard’

‘I’ ON CULTURE I actually dreaded going to see Get Hard, the new Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart film, but it turned out that it was not a complete dud. That would be a small victory, though. It is still a weak movie. The plot is outlandish, the characters ridiculous stereotypes, with most action reserved for the very end. There were points, however, where I laughed. And more...

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‘Insurgent’ Doesn’t Manage To Go Anywhere

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Insurgent’ Doesn’t Manage To Go Anywhere

‘I’ ON CULTURE The main problem with Insurgent is not just that it is a sequel, but that it is a muddled, unfocused, boring one. Some sequels are pretty much as good as the first (the first and second Hunger Games come to mind) and a few might even surpass (Godfather II over Godfather, maybe; The Empire Strikes Back over Star Wars surely, although both are more...

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‘Cinderella’ Will Thrill The Young Girl In Your Life

By at March 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Cinderella’ Will Thrill The Young Girl In Your Life

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new Disney version of Cinderella is charming, and absolutely perfect if you have a young girl with you while watching it. Forget the Grimm Brothers vs. Perault versions, this film seems taken directly from the Disney cartoon. That was designed to be sweet in the 1950s, and this one is as well, although since it’s live action, the mice don’t more...

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Like Original, ‘Marigold’ Sequel A Nice Surprise

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Like Original, ‘Marigold’ Sequel A Nice Surprise

'I' ON CULTURE Sequels generally do not work out well. That’s why The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is such a pleasant surprise. The first movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, was a surprise hit a few years ago, but its story of a group of not-very-well-off British expats at a wreck of an Indian hotel was a “fish out of water” tale, as we saw a fine cast more...

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Too Bad The New Film ‘Focus’ Loses Its Focus

By at March 6, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Too Bad The New Film ‘Focus’ Loses Its Focus

‘I’ ON CULTURE The lead actor of the new film Focus tells his beautiful costar that the secret to success for them in the con game is focus. By making someone lose focus, you can do what you want to them. Unfortunately, the film suffers from the same problem. It has a wonderful start; the first third of the film is great, and then it loses focus. The quick-moving more...

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Who Cares About The Oscars? Very Few People

By at February 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Who Cares About The Oscars? Very Few People

‘I’ ON CULTURE We used to really care about the Academy Awards. People argued over the merits of different movies, and Best Picture winners were important. But in recent years, we have been getting more movies nominated that no one has even seen. We were at an Oscars party Sunday night, and many of the guests had not seen most of the movies. I was one of two more...

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Crazy, Violent Plot, But Fun Time In ‘Kingsman’

By at February 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Crazy, Violent Plot, But Fun Time In ‘Kingsman’

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film Kingsman: Secret Service is a wild, crazy, funny bit of a mess. It will never be nominated for an Academy Award, the cast gleefully goes overboard with their lines, and, frankly, I had a ball. November through January is not only the season of Academy Award hopefuls, it is also a time when we wish for something fun. In recent weeks, I more...

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