East Penn Press

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Movie Review: ‘It’

Friday, September 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“It” is one scary movie, yes, it is.

Coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, is not all that unusual in children. A killer clown, known as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, takes advantage of that fire.

Pennywise isn’t the only scary thing in “It.” There are scary parents, scary teens and scary situations (jumping from a cliff into a quarry, youths throwing rocks at each other, and, scariest of all, an American Motors Pacer automobile).

A conversation with Bakithi Kumalo at Allentown Art Museum

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Plan your “Third Thursday Arts Destination” at 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, when Bakithi Kumalo, renowned international musician, composer and educator, presents a program of music and conversation.

Kumalo, a Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa native who played a key role on Paul Simon’s landmark 1985 “Graceland” album and tours with the legendary singer-songwriter, will present a conversation with Tahya at the Art Museum.

Which Bond (James Bond) did it better?

Friday, September 15, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no iconic motion picture character has created such a buzz among movie fans as Bond, James Bond.

Bond, referred to by his code name, 007, is a British Secret Service agent who first appeared in a 1953 book by British author Ian Fleming, a former naval intelligence officer who wrote 12 novels and two short story collections that took place 1951-1964.

As a movie franchise, Bond, at 24 (and counting) is only exceeded by “Godzilla,” at 29.

Review: ‘Boy’

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Having seen the film, “The Only Living Boy In New York City,” I can’t wait to read the book.

Wait: There’s no book?

There is a book shown in the film, titled “The Only Living Boy In New York City,” written by W.F. Gerald (Jeff Bridges in full-stubble) in his pen name.

Oh, I guess that’s a prop book, or books, since there is a pile of them on a table at a book store scene.

‘Heroes Of Flight 93’: In the shadow of 9/11, we are forever family in new documentary

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The terrible trauma of 9/11 made us family.

Images of two hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City and the aftermath Sept. 11, 2001, are indelibly burned into our memory.

We recall a third plane slamming into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Va.

And we remember the fourth plane burrowing into a field in Shanksville, Somerset County.

The Media People at it for 40 years

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Scott Stoneback’s The Media People, based in Alburtis, has been in the documentary film and video business for more than 40 years.

He continues documenting history. And his family continues careers in the media.

Francee Fuller is Marketing Manager, Barry Isett & Associates.

Their son, Ellis, is video editor for the reality TV show, “Say Yes To The Dress,” seen on The Learning Channel.

Their son, Robert, twin brother of Ellis, is managing editor, Ophthalmology Management magazine. Robert had written for East Penn Press.

Review: ‘Hitman’ amiss

Friday, September 1, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A truck drives into a crowd in the Netherlands, crashes and explodes.

Police, Interpol and international spies in high-end SUVs chase a suspect through city streets, smashing into vehicles.

An anti-crime expert is tortured, including the use of blindfolding and electric shock.

This is not fake news.

It is not real news.

It is “reel,” though, as in scenes from “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” theatrical feature movie.

It’s official: A sellers’ market for homes in the Lehigh Valley

Friday, August 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of homes in the Lehigh Valley moved back into positive territory in July during the traditional house sales summer season.

And, according to real estate experts, it’s pretty much a sellers’ market in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales bounced back, increasing 2.7 percent in July to 756 houses sold, compared to 736 houses in July 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

Closed sales had decreased 2.4 percent in June to 893 houses sold, compared to 915 in June 2016, according to the GLVR.

Movie Review: ‘Glass Castle’

Friday, August 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Glass Castle” is a difficult, if rewarding, film.

Among its attributes are Oscar nominee-worthy performances by Woody Harrelson as Rex Walls; Naomi Campbell as his wife, Rose Mary Walls, and Brie Larson as one of their four children, daughter, Jeannette Walls.

The film is based on the 2005 best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” written by Jeannette Walls about her poverty-stricken upbringing by an alcoholic father and an eccentric mother in West Virginia. And that’s only part of the story.