Author: Jake Cohen

Jake is a Long Island native with an encyclopedic knowledge of Chris Claremont's run on X-Men and other useless pop culture trivia. In his spare time he enjoys puppies, kitties, and sandwiches.
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Visions of Cuba Seen Through Interviews

“Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death” is the debut film from actor turned documentarian Olatz Lopez Garmendia. The documentary is an overtly political film but does not make heavy-handed statements regarding policy or ideology. Rather, it makes poignant statements by sharing intimate interviews with Cuban citizens. Garmendia has traveled to Cuba for the past 20 […]

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“Dr. Strange”: A Superhero Movie for Everyone

While “Doctor Strange” is a tightly paced special effects spectacle with many refreshing elements and exciting and inventive visual effects –it’s real achievement is that it is enjoyable for both those familiar with the Marvel universe as well as those who have yet to see a comic book movie. Doctor Strange’s origin differs from most […]

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Cinema Culture and Katana Swords on Display in Astoria

On Nov. 5, the Astoria-based Museum of the Moving Image hosted An Afternoon with Tatsuya Nakadai, in honor of the 50th anniversary of “The Sword of Doom.” The event included a screening of the seminal film followed by a discussion with the film’s 83-year-old star, Tatsuya Nakadai. Nakadai has starred in classic films including “Yojimbo” […]

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Is “The Birth of a Nation” a Sundance darling or a wide release flop?

“The Birth of a Nation” is a period biopic about the story of Nat Turner. Like many historical melodramas, the filmmakers were liberal in their use of artistic freedom with the narrative. This is not a failure of the film but rather the filmmaker’s choice to value theme and allegory over historical accuracy. Turner, a […]

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Whit’s End: Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Pizza

Since Superstorm Sandy in 2012 the food scene in Rockaway, Queens has experienced a renaissance. Say what you will about hipsters and gentrification, it usually doesn’t have a negative effect on the level of cuisine produced by eateries in the affected neighborhoods. One of these post-Sandy additions to Rockaway is Whit’s End, a restaurant and […]

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Clint Eastwood delivers with “Sully”

A basic screenwriting tip is to start your screenplay on a special day. Clint Eastwood’s latest film “Sully” certainly does that. “Sully” begins on January 15, 2009, the day a US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to make an emergency water landing on the Hudson River. The film is set during the subsequent inquiry held […]

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This spring: Mr. Met deep fried cheesecake and ice cream sandwiches

Citi Field hits a homerun this spring with deep fried ice cream sandwiches and deep fried, New York-style cheesecake.   Since its completion in 2009, Citi Field’s dining options have mirrored many modern ballparks offering anything from sushi to craft beer to gourmet barbeque. This season, the Mets have added some carnival classics to the […]

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