The Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 25 awards in the 2018 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2017.
The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.
Salisbury Press received four Keystone Awards.
Parkland Press received three Keystone Awards.
Northampton Press received three Keystone Awards.
Catasauqua Press received two Keystone Awards.
East Penn Press received one Keystone Award.
House sales in the Lehigh Valley declined 6.7 percent in February after increasing 2.6 percent in January.
Closed sales for February were down 6.7 percent to 421 houses sold, compared to 451 houses sold in February 2017, according to the February report of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).
Closed sales for January were up 2.6 percent to 442 houses sold, compared to 431 houses sold in January 2017.
For the year-to-date, closed sales are up 0.8 percent to 889 houses sold, compared to 882 houses sold year-to-date 2017.
“Ready Player One” is an elaborate, labyrinthine, challenging movie. In some ways, “Ready Player One” is a non-movie. Rather, it’s a cinematic videogame.
Its storyline is about a complicated virtual reality videogame played in real time, simulataneously in the real world and in the virtual world. It’s a movie that folds back on itself, turns inside out, moves backwards and forwards, up and down, and sideways with plot twists and visual twists that wiil test the most attentive movie-goer.
“Getting Grace” might very well be the first nationally-released feature movie to be filmed entirely in the Lehigh Valley.
“I Can Only Imagine” is an inspirational movie about the writing of the hit Christian rock song by the band, MercyMe. The song received the 2002 Dove Award, the Christian music recording business equivalent of a Grammy. With 2.5 million copies sold, “I Can Only Imagine” is said to be the best-selling Christian pop music single ever.
“A Wrinkle In Time” is a terrible film.
It’s so bad that I felt ripped off after I spent my $10.49 to see it the other evening.
It might be worth seeing at a $5 all-day special or second-run price. Its content might merit a 30-minute short, but not a feature-length movie.
“A Wrinkle In Time” has extensive special effects sequences that are not particularly special nor very effective.
We have a winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest.
Michael Nonnemacher of Allentown correctly chose all seven recipients in the Focus section contest categories: Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”; Picture: “The Shape of Water,” and Animated Feature: “Coco.”
The Oscars, and Hollywood for that matter, are in pretty good shape.
“The Shape of Water,” that is.
But enough philosophizing, no shoulda, woulda, coulda from yours truly. Here are my picks for the 2018 Academy Awards in the categories of the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest.
Picture: “The Shape Of Water”
“Black Panther” has everything: great cast, fantastic computer-generated imagery, and distinctive and impressive production design.
“Black Panther” has everything, except one thing: a solid screenplay.
While the film has been hailed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) feature film directed by an African-American and with an African-American cast in lead roles, “Black Panther” is just another comic-book, violence-laden, science fiction superhero action film. “Black Panther” is no marvel.
“The Greatest Showman” puts on quite a show. It’s a movie made for Broadway.
While not billed as a movie musical per se, that’s indeed what “The Greatest Showman” is, thanks to the Oscar-winning (“City Of Stars”) song-lyricist team of “La La Land” (six Oscars, 2016) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are Oscar-nominated, original song, “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” among their 10 outstanding original songs in the movie.
From its opening scenes, “The Greatest Showman” is a nearly all-singing, all-dancing, old-fashioned movie musical.