The Next 3 Days Review

The Next 3 Days, 2010 John Brennan, played by Russell Crow, decides to force his wife Lara, played by Elizabeth Banks, to escape from the Allegheny County Jail.  Lara had been convicted of murder and is looking at being locked up for life, only to find her community college professor husband step up and plan the biggest escape since Mrs. Soffel helped Ed Biddle bust out

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Striking Distance Movie Review

Striking Distance Movie Review

Striking Distance – A 2018 look at a 1993 Pittsburgh Action Thriller The majority of the filming of Striking Distance was done in Pittsburgh in 1992. With talent including Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dennis Farina they had the star power to bring home a winner. Originally, the film was titled, Three Rivers, but was eventually changed to Striking Distance, so as to appeal

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Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

Zuppa Di Mare at DiPietro’s

My wife, Carol, and I were debating where to head for our Saturday evening meal.  Distance, price, how long has it been since we’ve been there, where Carol says she wants to go were all factored into the decision. The last element had considerable influence on where we would go.  After a very brief discussion, we found ourselves entering DiPietro’s Restaurant in West View.  It

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Slavery in Pittsburgh

Slavery in Pittsburgh

Sadly, slavery is as old as civilization itself, and numerous societies over the millennia has either been enslaved or enslaved others. In fact, the word slavery comes from the Slavs because so many Slavic people were taken into bondage. Today, slavery still exists in the form of human trafficking, forced labor, forced marriage and sexual exploitation. Pittsburgh’s history has not escaped this blight on humanity.

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Roommates

Roommates

When a 75-year-old man takes on the responsibility of raising his six-year-old grandson, you never think that Roommates, the 108-minute film you are about to watch, will take you 30 years into the future, showing the highs and lows that most families and some roommates experience. A few minutes into the film, you know by the tragedies that have occurred that this scared little boy

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Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Bonjour from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Excellence has a way of asserting itself. That is the case with Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. Located at 213 North Avenue in Millvale, the eponymous bakery was established in 1992, by French native Jean-Marc Chatellier. Before the age of social media, most people discovered this out-of-the-world bakery by word-of-mouth, one customer touting the treats to friends or family. Gazing at the goodies in the glass

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Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher, the action thriller opens with the worst mass-murder to take place on Pittsburgh’s North Shore since the the English and French where battling over who owned this part of the world during the French and Indian war.  The opening carnage in this 2012 movie takes place along the Allegheny River, just outside of PNC Park. When the European powers went at it, there

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Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Nestled in the scenic hills of Lawrence County, McConnells Mill is a paradigm of beauty and solitude for Pennsylvania natives and visitors alike. This state park is filled with endless natural wonders, including waterfalls, breath-taking overlooks, and a variety of trails perfect for hiking. And because of its close proximity to Pittsburgh (only 40 miles outside of the city), McConnells Mill makes a perfect day

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Poisonous Plants: What They Are

Poisonous Plants: What They Are

The adage, “Leaves of three, let them be” is an always present and clear reminder to be aware of your surroundings and keep a healthy distance from the itch inducing plant: poison ivy. However, while charming, this simple rhyme grossly underestimates the amount of poisonous plants lurking in Pennsylvania. Luckily, below is a compiled list of common poisonous plants (in the Western Pennsylvania region) that

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Flashdance (1983)

Flashdance (1983)

Before the talent and production company came to Pittsburgh to start filming Flashdance and after it was opened in theaters around the country, people who knew about these matters felt strongly that this film was going to be a flash in the pan.  The director, Adrian Lyne, turned the script down a couple of times before agreeing to work on this project.  When the film

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