Recreation & Lifestyle

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” – Dressed for Nightmares – 3 & ½ popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  If a reincarnated Aesop were inclined to pen a parable about the Holocaust, odds are it would resemble “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”  The story of an eight-year-old German boy, circa 1943,…

Memories From Around Woodbridge

by Diane Norek Harrison WOODBRIDGE—Here are some memories from reader Lillian Sawyer: “Back in 1917-1918, there was an Orthopedic Hospital for Servicemen on New Dover Road. The injured men were brought to the facility from the Colonia Train Station. They…

Christmas And Winter Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison RAHWAY—Here are some Christmas and winter memories from former Rahway resident Charles Knight, a member of Rahway High School class of 1965: “Diane, My best memories of Christmas in Rahway were the candlelight services held on…

“Quantum of Solace” — More Quantity than Quality — 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic After injecting the 007 franchise with a novel bit of leaner, meaner James Bond in “Casino Royale” (2006), Daniel Craig’s second assignment in producer Barbara Broccoli’s service finds its way home to the same…

Remembering the Past: Thanksgiving Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison PERTH AMBOY/WOODBRIDGE—The much talked about Woodbridge High School football team made its first appearance in Perth Amboy on Thanksgiving Day, 1930. They came full of vim, vigor and vitality and without considering the feelings of local…

“Role Models” – Doesn’t Make Much of an Impression – 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Director David Wain’s “Role Models” uneventfully reminds that in the movies no good deed, especially as concerns children, is ventured unless mandated by the court system. Which is precisely how and why soft drink…

“Zack and Miri Make a Porno” – Good Dirty Fun – 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic It is doubtful Guinness World Records will cite Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” as the most profanity-filled movie of all time. However, any deliberation thereof without at least the suggestion of…

Remembering Sayreville’s Past

by Diane Norek Harrison SAYREVILLE-Did anyone read the May-Oct. 2008 issue of Weird N.J.? In this issue is a story titled “Tales of Fort Grumpy.” Fort Grumpy is the name of the borough’s recycling center located on Bordentown Avenue. It’s…