Vinnie Travisano is an ad man by profession. For fun, he’s a movie critic. Not just any movie critic: a movie critic for the common man. A self-confessed “dyed-in-the-wool movie addict” as well as an “Italian guy from New Jersey,” Travisano reviews movies as soon as he gets out of the theater — right from inside his minivan. He calls his off-the-cuff reviews, which he publishes on YouTube, Vinnie’s View.
Born and bred in Glen Ridge, where he still lives, Travisano is the son of a famous ad man, Ronald Travisano, who was a member of Ronald Reagan’s famous Tuesday team, which created the famous “Morning in America” ad — and, some argue, the Reagan myth itself.
Since Vinnie Travisano is a local movie critic, we thought it was relevant to ask where he likes to watch the pictures. “I’ve been going to the Garden State Plaza lately,” he said “Best screens and the best sound and the best seats.” Otherwise, it’s either Clifton Commons or Essex Green.
What about the Clairidge? “It’s everything a movie experience shouldn’t be,” he said, complaining of inadequate leg room and a screen size just slightly bigger than his home TV. “I saw ‘Milk’ there and it was literally on a 45 degree angle. That theater is atrocious. So is the Bellevue.”
Although Travisano prefers mainstream movies, he counts “Juno” as one of his all-time favorites. His most recent review is of “Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Long review short: “It wasn’t great.”
We’re delighted to present some of Vinnie’s Views, and we welcome yours too.