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reviewed John Rabe (2010). June 28, 2011
John Rabe (2010)
'To the Führer of the German people. Chancellor Adolf Hitler. My Führer. As a loyal party member and upstanding German. I turn to you in a time of great need. The Japanese Imperial troops …
reviewed A Family (2010 movie). June 27, 2011
A Family with Jesper Christensen
EN FAMILIE (A FAMILY)  is a small Danish film that explores the intimacies and delicate threads that hold families together. It is quiet, contemplative, and pulls the viewer into the film to the …
reviewed City of Life and Death. June 26, 2011
City of Life and Death
CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is a masterpiece - of film making, of finding the midline of response to war from both sides, of cautiously but successfully blending intimate stories with the gory atrocities of …
reviewed Carancho. June 22, 2011
Carancho
CARANCHO ('Vulture' or 'a bird of prey; an animal that attack and feed on wounded animals') is a disturbing film from the opening sequences until the end. Before any story begins we are given the information …
reviewed Pure (Till det som är vackert). June 22, 2011
Pure (Till det som är vackert)
PURE ('Till det som är vackert') is a stunning little film from Sweden written and directed by newcomer Lisa Langseth. It is currently in the 'on demand' section of Eurocinema on television and will likely …
reviewed The Countess. June 16, 2011
The Countess
   4.0 out of 5 stars The Blood Countess and the Beginnings of the Feminist Movement, June 16, 2011 By  Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my …
reviewed Jack Goes Boating. June 14, 2011
Jack Goes Boating
JACK GOES BOATING sneaks up on you. With a very small cast, very little dialogue, slow movement, and stuttered sound this little film slowly unravels a story about reconstructing tenuous lives for two …
reviewed Blue Valentine. June 14, 2011
Blue Valentine
Nonlinear storytelling, whether in a novel or a film, challenges the reader/viewer with fragments of story scattered across time and coincidences in a way that can create disorientation: the payback is …
reviewed A Matador's Mistress. June 14, 2011
A Matador's Mistress
Probably of all the matadors of history Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 - 28 August 1947) known as "Manolete" is the most famous. 'He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil …
reviewed Even the Rain. June 14, 2011
Even the Rain
EVEN THE RAIN (También la lluvia) is a brilliant metaphor of a story written by Paul Laverty based on an actual event and directed with considerable skill by Icíar Bollaín, the great Spanish actress, …
reviewed The War Boys (2009). June 14, 2011
The War Boys (2009)
THE WAR BOYS is a low budget, small film by first time director Ron Daniels and written by relative newcomers Naomi Wallace and Bruce McLeod that puts more conflicts before the audience than most hyped …
reviewed Adrift (A Deriva). June 14, 2011
Adrift (A Deriva)
ADRIFT (À Deriva) is a reflection of the eponymous certain summer every young teenager experiences. By setting this story of discovery - of parental flaws and infidelities as well as the coming into flower …
reviewed 3 Backyards. June 14, 2011
3 Backyards
Eric Mendelsohn is a new name in the movie industry. He both wrote and directed this very quiet little film that for many will be a frustrating sense of on linear storytelling or it could be criticized …
reviewed Undertow. June 05, 2011
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Undertow
Now and then a small quiet film surfaces without ballyhoo or even much press and finds its way before audiences who are deeply moved by a film about which few have even heard. Such is the case for UNDERTOW …
reviewed Cairo Time (2010). August 22, 2010
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Cairo Time (2010)
Québécois writer and director Ruba Nadda favors stories that deal with love between Muslim and non-Muslim and her latest film CAIRO TIME follows that path - to an extent. According to Nadda she views …
CHINA: Portrait of a People
Rarely does a book of richly colored photographic images of a country and the people that inhabit that country on every page reveal so much of a culture that the book becomes an instant resource for fascinated …
Thomas Eakins: The Rowing Pictures (Yale
Any opportunity to study the works of Thomas Eakins is a pleasure. This small book from Yale University focuses on only one aspect of Eakins' work - The Rowing Pictures. Though there are only twenty-four …
reviewed Female. August 21, 2010
Female
MARLENE DUMAS FEMALE was published in 2006 in both English and German, written by Marlene Dumas and Matthias Winzen, and focuses, as the title suggests, on images of the female figure. There is an extended …
Eric Fischl: Aarhus kunstmuseum, Louisiana museum for moderne kunst (Danish Edition)
American artists who are honored by one-person exhibition abroad are gratefully growing in number. This particular book is a catalogue in Danish from the 1991 Eric Fischl exhibition at the arhus kunstmuseum, …
reviewed Arvo Part: Te Deum / Kaljuste, Estoni.... August 20, 2010
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Arvo Part: Te Deum / Kaljuste, Estonian
Though this collection of works by Estonian genius Arvo Pärt was recorded in 1993 it remains one of the most accessible and well integrated collection of works by this esteemed composer whose admiration …
reviewed The Mentalist: The Complete Second Se.... August 20, 2010
The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season (2009)
With umpty-ump crime shows pasted all over the television screens and new ones promised of the next season it is gratifying to see that one of those crime shows maintains its integrity and appreciates …
in the land of the balloon-shaped monkeys
Rory Miller continues to surprise us. In his first book DISCOVERING BEAUTIFUL: ON THE ROAD TO SOMEWHERE he had this reader convinced there was a special talent in his mind and hands, a sort of medieval …
Eric Fischl: The Krefeld-Project
For those who have followed the meteoric career of Eric Fischl (born 1948) this particular monograph of his paintings dating back to 2004/2005 should come as no surprise. His works have always gone where …
reviewed Joyce Cobb with The Michael Jefry Ste.... August 19, 2010
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Joyce Cobb with The Michael Jefry Stevens Trio
JOYCE COBB with the MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS TRIO is one of the more satisfying collections of songs in a style that many of us thought was gone with Fitzgerald and Holiday - heart on the sleeve renditions …
Richard and Mikey's Pilgrimage
Mikey Lear writes so well that reading this daily diary of a man on a road trip, condensed as it is in this immensely readable book, shares the same satisfaction as enjoying a fine novel. There is a rawness …
reviewed Me and Orson Welles (2009 movie). August 19, 2010
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Me & Orson Welles DVD Zac Efron, Clarie Danes
There are many things to love about ME AND ORSON WELLES, a dip into the past of the USA circa 1937 when despite the Great Depression and the imminence of WW II life upon the wicked stage held the fascination …
reviewed Watermark. August 19, 2010
Watermark
WATERMARK is the first monograph of the images of the male nude by San Francisco based fine art photographer Mark Jenkins. It won't be his last! Publisher Bruno Gmunder Verlag will doubtless encourage …
reviewed Spiral (Dave Wilson album). August 19, 2010
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Spiral
Dave Wilson is acknowledged in the music world as one of the finest sax players around. He can make his instrument (both tenor and soprano saxophone) sail the heights of expression, and he can drive rhythms …
reviewed Oxford Murders (Ws Sub Ac3 Dol) (2010). August 18, 2010
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Oxford Murders (Ws Sub Ac3 Dol) (2010)
Argentinean writer Guillermo Martinez has a PhD in Mathematical Logic in Buenos Aires and studied at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University and these facts may explain the sophisticated subject …
New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology
NEW PONY: A Horse Less Anthology edited by Jen Tynes and Erika Howsare is as unique as any poetry anthology on the market today. Beginning with the bizarre 'pony' depicted on the cover by illustrator …
Sphinx: The Life and Art of Leonor Fini
SPHINX (a mythological creature that is depicted as a recumbent feline with a human head) is an apropos title for this book on the enigmatic, talented and now almost forgotten Leonor Fini: Fini had an …
Eric Fischl: Beach Paintings
Eric Fischl is unafraid to share his process of painting, of gathering imagery, and of manner of presentation of his impetus to paint his stories, so it is not unexpected that this generous display of …
reviewed The Big C (2010). August 17, 2010
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THE BIG C started this week as a Showtime series for television opposite the controversial WEEDS in the late evening, subjects for mature audiences time slot. Most viewers will have mixed feelings about …
reviewed Vibrainium. August 16, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Vibrainium
Chris Massey plays drums. No statement could be more inadequate, though true, than that. Young Massey is a master craftsman, a highly respected performer, teacher, and composer, and now he adds to that …
THE LEVI GENES: A Simple, Factualized Tale of
THE LEVI GENES: A Simple, Factualized Tale of Evolution and the Gene Pool is brimming over with double entendres (like the very title...), hilarious dialogue between the author and the reader, some wild …
reviewed Bruckner: Symphony No. 8. August 16, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Yannick Nézet-Séguin has excited audiences across the country since his increasingly frequent concerts over the past few years ago. Hearing and watching him (very much a part of the entire appeal of this …
reviewed No Jerks on the Job. August 16, 2010
No Jerks on the Job
Ron Newton has in NO JERKS ON THE JOB some very sound, grounded advice to help managers, section leaders, and every worker in the workplace sniff out those who are making the business atmosphere and success …
reviewed Helen (2009). August 15, 2010
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Helen (2009)
Sandra Nettlebeck both wrote and directed this somber, intense study about clinical depression. The film is long, is a one-note song, and is in need of editing and lightening - or is it? What Nettleback …
reviewed Away We Go (2009). August 15, 2010
Away We Go (2009)
AWAY WE GO is an entertaining, funny film that offers some very fine actors little vignettes of character studies that makes this otherwise rather predictable story well worth the viewing. Starting at …
reviewed Clarity. August 15, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Clarity
The Dave Anderson may not be widely known yet, but after this collection of pieces begins to circulate the music world will understand that the potential for great jazz has been reached. Dave Jones is …
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