December 2008

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Holiday Movie Guide

With studios trying cram in their movies for Oscar consideration, there are so many films to choose from. What are the must-sees? Which films should be avoided? I did my best to sort through the current fare, from safer bets, to calculated risks, to flat-out bombs.


Last-Minute Pop-Culture Gifts

Not done holiday shopping yet? Have a culture-vulture on your list? Poptional Reading to the rescue!

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Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab Open for Business

Okay, the outside still doesn't look like much — but it's what's inside that counts, right? A bit of ongoing construction didn't stop the folks over at the Jacob Burns from holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Media Arts Lab, the new home for a host of hands-on filmmaking classes, in Pleasantville last Friday.


Where on the Web?

Like everything else, I want my pop culture delivered to me through the Internet. But the more I talk to my fellow Valley residents, the more I realize that some people are lost when it comes to finding the good stuff online. Luckily, I'm here to help.

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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