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Realtors February report: House sales down again, decline 7.7 percent in LV

Friday, March 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) reported that inclement weather in Februrary may have impacted sales of houses for the month.

The average sales price and median sales price increased again in February after decreases in January.

There was also a decline in new listings in February after an increase in new listings in January.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased for a second straight month, down 7.7 percent in February, with 418 houses sold, down from 453 houses sold in February 2018, according to the GLVR report released March 12.

Movie Review: ‘Free Solo’: a real-life Spider-Man

Monday, March 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Free Solo” is the most astounding film of 2018.

If you haven’t seen “Free Solo,” which received an Oscar for documentary feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, the film is worth seeing in a movie theater on as large a screen as possible.

The film’s producton companies include National Geographic Documentary Films. The film was shown on TV’s National Georgraphic Channel.

Review: ‘Madea’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To paraphrase Williams Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Act 2, Scene 3, and give it a twist, “I have not come here to bury ‘Medea,’ but to praise him-her.”

“A Madea Family Funeral” is the 11th in the feature film comedy series by actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry, who again plays the title role. Perry has said this is his final outing as family matriarch, Madea (introduced in “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman,” 2005).

Curtain Rises:

Friday, March 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic ‘Buyer & Cellar’;

The Lehigh Valley theater scene springs back to life in time for the vernal equinox.

At Civic Theatre of Allentown is the Lehigh Valley debut of the one-man comedy about Barbra Streisand’s basement-dweller, “Buyer & Cellar,” 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, Theatre514, Allentown.

At Munopco Music Theatre of Allentown is the iconic musical that has legs, “A Chorus Line,” 8 p.m. March 16, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 17, 24, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown.

The two stage shows, opposite in concept, are similar as behind-the-scenes takes.

Movie Review: ‘Dragon’ the line

Friday, March 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney Pixar is the gold standard for feature animation films.

Disney Pixar feature animation films include “Toy Story,” “Up,” “Cars,” “Frozen,” “Finding Nemo,” “Wall-E” and “Coco.”

Disney Pixar’s feature animation film supremacy is challeged with DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.”

“How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is stunningly-beautiful, with a positive storyline that emphasizes values that shouldn’t offend any family that chooses to see it.

Movie Review: Chapter and ‘Verse’

Friday, March 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”

- Stan Lee (1922-2018)

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” takes a new approach to the comic-book superhero feature movie genre.

It’s more like an old-school approach.

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” is the first animation feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Movie Review: ‘Roma’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Roma” is a fascinating film not so much for what it reveals, as for what it doesn’t reveal.

“Roma” is a revealer of the obvious.

In this, “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón shows us “A Day In The Life,” or in the instance of “Roma,” a year in the life of a Mexican family, 1970-1971.

The film’s title references Mexico City’s Colonia Roma area. The film is semi-autobiographical, based on the life of Cuarón, who wrote, directed, filmed, co-edited and produced “Roma.” It’s a celluloid memory.

January house sales down 5.7 percent in LV

Friday, February 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) reported that January data showed a flat, but stable, start to 2019 for house sales.

But the big story for the Lehigh Valley house market is that the average sales price and median sales price decreased in January, compared to January 2018.

Also, an increase in new listings may reverse a trend.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased 5.7 percent in January, with 448 houses sold, down from 475 houses sold in January 2018. according to the GLVR.

Movie Review: Not a ‘Favourite’

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Favourite” has extensive use of the fisheye camera lens.

A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that achieves visual distortion. The resulting image is that of a panoramic or hemispherical view.

In “The Favourite,” rooms, columns, and even people often appear curved. The fisheye lens is not used in every scene. Extreme closeups are also used to great effect, such as for Emma Stone’s captivating eyes.