Author Archives: Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will Give You Scares, Scares, and More Scares

I love to be scared. I go to horror movies all the time, not the gory ones, but the ones that keep you jumping out of your seat. Of course, when I grab the arm of a stranger sitting next to … Continue reading

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‘The Accountant’ An Exciting, Edge of Your Seat Thriller

I have one word for ‘The Accountant’…Awesome…I have one word to describe Ben Affleck’s performance….Freakin Fantastic. Okay that’s two words, but this is one of his best performances in years. ‘The Accountant’ directed by Gavin O’Connor is an edge of … Continue reading

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“The Birth Of A Nation” An Example of One Man Wearing Way Too Many Hats

I went to this screening dreading the brutality I knew I was about to witness. Films about slavery and the Holocaust always have the same effect on me. They wipe me out emotionally, and no matter how many times I … Continue reading

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“The Girl On The Train” Should Have Taken a Bus

The first thing you’re probably wondering is if I read the book. The answer to that is yes. And then you might be wondering, did I like the book? The answer to that is, “No, I LOVED the book.” The novel, … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Premiere Party Puts You on the Red Carpet

This interactive theater experience, inspired by Tony and Tina’s Wedding, takes you behind the scenes of a big Hollywood party. The action revolves around the premiere of the fictional film, “Love and Waffles.” The evening begins on the red carpet, where … Continue reading

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“The Magnificent Seven” a Remake You Definitely Do Not Want to Miss

I was so excited to see the remake of “The Magnificent Seven” when I heard that the wonderful action director, Antoine Fugua (“Training Day,” “The Equalizer,” and “Southpaw”) was at the helm. He always takes it a step up when … Continue reading

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Theater Review: A View from the Bridge

One of my favorite playwrights is the late Arthur Miller and one of my favorite plays of his, is “A View from the Bridge.” In fact, I liked it so much that I’ve seen it at least four times performed … Continue reading

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Theater Review: “Songs for a New World”

What happens when we put an extremely talented writer and composer together with four equally talented singers/performers? You get, of course, a night of exhilarating live musical theatre. The show is “Songs for a New World.” The composer/lyricist/playwright is the … Continue reading

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