Whiplash

Movies, Drama

Whiplash

No Comments 22 October 2017

Whiplash preceded LALA Land in the creative collaboration between the writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. An aspiring drummer meets a hard driving foul-mouthed teacher at the best music school in the USA. You feel like getting lashed for most of film.

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Lion

Movies, Documentary, Drama

Lion

No Comments 8 October 2017

What a story amazing story from India! Rarely was I so moved. A five-year-old boy insists that his older brother take him to his secret night work. They sneak out their mother’s house but before long the little boy is too tired to continue on. So the older brother leaves the younger brother behind at a train station and tells him not to move until he is back. When the little brother wakes up and his older brother has not returned and he starts searching for his older brother.

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The Brothers McMullen

Movies, Comedy

The Brothers McMullen

No Comments 4 August 2017

Three catholic brothers—John, Berry and Patrick—aged 33 to 21 try to figure out their love life. The oldest inherited the family home on Long Island and the two younger brothers move back in. Five years ago, their unpleasant and unappreciative father died and mother went straight back to Ireland to live with the love of her life who has been waiting for her for 35 years.

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Baby Driver

Movies, Drama

Baby Driver

No Comments 1 August 2017

Baby Driver is fresh. It mixes genres action movie, crime and love story, and music video. Baby, a taciturn man in his early twenties, lost his mother and father in a car accident when he was about 10. The parents were fighting in the front seats, shouted at each other, and she did see the breaking truck. Baby sitting in the back, saw it all and—bam—was an orphan.

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Blood Diamond

Movies, Drama

Blood Diamond

No Comments 3 July 2017

If you are about to get married and want to celebrate this significant event with a diamond, I do not recommend you watch Blood Diamond. Your enthusiasm for diamonds will be greatly diminished. You will no longer sing, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” It is hard to get the idea out of one’s head because of these sparkling objects many people to lost their lives and one may literally wear blood on one’s hands. We also learn how prices for diamonds are kept artificially high because large companies buy up supply and store tons of diamonds in vaults. The film tells a very good story that seems to be in large measure true.

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Peggy Noonan: “Democracy Is Not Your Plaything”

Diary, Politics

Peggy Noonan: “Democracy Is Not Your Plaything”

No Comments 20 May 2017

Peggy Noonan just published (May 18) this very strong piece in the WSJ.

When the circus comes to Washington, it consumes everything, absorbs all energy.
This will be unpleasantly earnest, but having witnessed the atmospherics the past 10 days it’s what I think needs saying:
Democracy is not your plaything.
This is not a game.

The president of the United States has produced a building crisis that is unprecedented in our history. The question, at bottom, is whether Donald Trump has demonstrated, in his first four months, that he is unfit for the presidency—wholly unsuited in terms of judgment, knowledge, mental capacity, personal stability. That epic question is then broken down into discrete and specific questions: Did he improperly attempt to interfere with an FBI criminal investigation, did his presidential campaign collude with a foreign government, etc.

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Surprising New Finding: “Get Married, Get Healthy? Maybe Not.”

Surprising New Finding: “Get Married, Get Healthy? Maybe Not.”

No Comments 19 May 2017

By BELLA DEPAULOMAY (NYT)

In a nation as divided and contentious as our own, it is rare to find a belief we all share. But trust in the transformative power of marriage is close to universal — and it has endured for decades. This isn’t just a matter of faith, we’ve been assured. It’s science. Research is said to have established what our fairy tales promised: Marry and you will live happily ever after. And you will be healthier, too.

A new study challenges the claim that people who marry get healthier.

 

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Good Summary of the Week:  Trump fired director of the FBI who investigated  the Trump campaign

Diary, Politics

Good Summary of the Week:  Trump fired director of the FBI who investigated the Trump campaign

No Comments 13 May 2017

Not surprisingly but still disappointingly, the WSJ editorial pages wholeheartedly supported the firing of the FBI. The left-leaning predictably compared the firing to Watergate. Below are the two most interesting articles from this week. First the Guardian’s take on the week and then an opinion piece in the WSJ that argues that not FBI but congress should investigate whether Trump’s Russian connections constitute an impeachable offense.

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Beauty and the Beast

Movies, Phantasy

Beauty and the Beast

No Comments 16 April 2017

As an adult you walk into Beauty and the Beast not expecting suspense how the story will end. Of course the beast will get the beauty in the end! The open questions are about their journey. What challenges will the couple face before their happy ending? For me the best part of the movie had very little do with the two story itself. The makers of the film use the plot and the characters as an excuse to show off mesmerizing feats of imagination and creativity. The most stunning scene happens as the beauty (Emma Watson) takes her first dinner in the castle of the beast. She is alone. Only with the staff, who have been years transformed by curse some years ago from human beings into clocks, candle holders and walking closets. The beast is mad with fury in his quarters. We already have learned that the staff has a very strong incentive to ensure the beauty falls in love with the beast: If this happens before a rose dies the staff (and the prince who is trapped in the body of a beast) will be transformed again into their human form. But the rose has not much longer to live. I can assure you have never seen a staff figuratively and literally pulling out all the stops as in this scene. My gut feeling tells me that people behind Pixar movies had their hands in ‘cooking this scene”. In any case, go watch Beauty and the Beast have your iPhone ready and when this scene starts, record it on your phone. And next time when you get poor service at a restaurant, instead of complaining, ask the waiter or waitress to quickly watch this scene with you. This will give them clear ideas how you would like them to lift their service game.

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Coming Soon: Review of Allied

Movies, Drama

Coming Soon: Review of Allied

No Comments 4 April 2017

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Dreaming of Mauritius

Travel, Africa

Dreaming of Mauritius

No Comments 4 April 2017

The weather is bad and I am dreaming of going to Mauritius…

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Keeping up with the Joneses

Movies, Comedy

Keeping up with the Joneses

No Comments 3 April 2017

A middle-age couple drops of their two boys for summer camp. For the first time since the kids were born, the husband and wife are alone. Time for some wild sex and parties? Not really. The two find it difficult to let lose until a new couple moves into the neighborhood.  They seem to have so much more spontaneous affection for each other and seem to lead so interesting lives. They are also so good at everything. I was almost tempted to stop watching the film after 30 minutes or so. It was not clear where the plot was heading. I did not find the film particularly funny. But somewhere, almost half way into the movie, suddenly it becomes clear what the film is all about. Once it reveals its true character, you cannot but laugh and be drawn into its message. I do not want to reveal too much because otherwise you will not be able to experience the surprise that is necessary to enjoy this film.

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Moonlight

Movies, Drama

Moonlight

No Comments 6 March 2017

The moment when Faye Dunaway pronounced erroneously La La Land as the winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture was one of the most dramatic moment in all of Oscar history. A few winners’ speeches later, the director of La La Land graciously told the stunned audience there has been a mistake! 
“Moonlight is the real winner,” he announced. Confusion ensued but after a few minutes the true winning director, Barry Jenkins of Moonlight, took the microphone. He thanked everyone who helped him bring about his vision of making a film about the challenges of growing up as black gay kid. My interest was piqued.

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Definitely, Maybe

Movies, Comedy

Definitely, Maybe

No Comments 2 March 2017

Definitely, Maybe offers some new ideas for how to create tension in the romantic comedy genre. As always boy and girl cannot make up their mind who they want to be with. But the story is told in a different way. Our boy just received his divorce papers and is about to sign them. His 8-year-old daughter wants to know why it did not work out between her mom and him. She forces him to tell his story going back to when he first moved to NY City. If you are a romantic comedy fan and want light fare for an evening, this film is for you.

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Manchester by the Sea

Movies, Drama

Manchester by the Sea

No Comments 12 February 2017

This wonderful film deals with an intriguing question: how do you deal with something that one can never truly recover from?
Casey Affleck gives a stunning performance. If I were a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, I would vote to give him the Oscar for best male performer in a leading role. Do not miss the chance to see him enact the role of the movie’s hero, who is trying to cope with something terrible that we only gradually understand.  The film manages to mix comedy with tragedy and offers a great night out at the movies.

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Red Dog - True Blue

Movies, Drama

Red Dog - True Blue

No Comments 28 January 2017

This prequel of the funny Red Dog disappoints. It has a very weak story. The original Red Dog was based on an amazing true story written up in a book that even the best fiction would have difficulty matching. So the screenplay writer, Daniel Taplitz, had a relatively easy time. But in this prequel had no true story to base the script on and Daniel Taplitz flounders badly. The story and its turns feel contrived. Again the dog is cute and the cinematography of the outback is beautiful. But that is not enough. Go see the original Red Dog and skip the Red Dog - True Blue.

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LaLa Land

Movies, Drama, Phantasy

LaLa Land

No Comments 6 January 2017

Unlike in the case of Sully, I knew very little about Lala Land except that it is a musical. Lala Land feels very fresh. It resurrects the musical genre but does it in a way that our current sensibilities are not offended. The most interesting part of the film is how it vi- sually told story. I almost need to see the film one more time to put my finger on how what made it visually so appealing. It sometimes moves seamlessly between what is real and what is fiction. I enjoyed the most the the opening and closing scenes. Lala Land is fun. At times you simply want to get up in your seat and start dancing. Enjoy!

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Sully

Movies, Documentary, Drama

Sully

No Comments 2 January 2017

Sully has been nominated by many critics as a top film of the year.  I knew why many critics loved the film.  Sully rejects landing a plane that lost both engines safely on the Hudson River and saving the lives of all 155 passengers makes him a hero. He insists that he was just doing his job. He also insists that he was not doing the alone. There was his co-pilot, the crew, the emergency response team of NYC.

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Departures

Movies, Drama

Departures

No Comments 26 December 2016

Christmas 2016. This wonderful film from Japan landed in my house during the holidays. It has been circling the airwaves since 2008. I am glad it finally reached me. The film won an Oscar for best foreign film and it is a treat fitting the holiday spirit. At the center of Depatures is Daigo, a thirty something cello player (Masahiro Motoki) in Tokyo whose classical orchestra closes down. Because he just had spent $US 150,000 on a cello he is now in a real fix. The event triggers soul-searching.

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Hacksaw Ridge

Movies, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

No Comments 23 December 2016

I saw this film on the weekend after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. The Donald as the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military in the world is not a comforting thought.

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Boy

Movies, Drama

Boy

No Comments 26 November 2016

Enchanted by The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, I rented Taika Waititi’s earlier film Boy. It is not as mesmerizing as the The Hunt but it still a tour de force of creativity.

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Why did Trump run for President?

Diary, Questions

Why did Trump run for President?

No Comments 25 November 2016

This is a big qustion indeed. The next couple of months will probably tell.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Movies, Comedy

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

No Comments 23 October 2016

Once in a while one comes across a film that is very special. Hunt for the Wilderpeople should clearly be on your list of must-see film.

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Disunited Kingdom

Humor, Situations

Disunited Kingdom

No Comments 27 June 2016

This will be painful years. Let’s hope anything good will come out of it.

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Finding Dori

Movies, Phantasy

Finding Dori

No Comments 26 June 2016

All weekend I have been reeling from the Brexit vote shock. The only time my mind could forget this calamity while watching *Finding Dori* at the cinema.

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Johnny Cash - Hurt

Music, The Rest

Johnny Cash - Hurt

No Comments 17 May 2016

This is great Johnny Cash music video he produced very late in life.

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“The Unifier”

Diary

“The Unifier”

No Comments 5 May 2016

The general election campaign has started..

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Barak Obama’s Final White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

Diary

Barak Obama’s Final White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

No Comments 1 May 2016

I will miss him but I am already looking forward to him writing another book like “Dreams from my Father”

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RIP Prince.  Super Bowl 2007

Music, Pop

RIP Prince.  Super Bowl 2007

No Comments 22 April 2016

Purple Rain at Super Bowl Halftime Show. Prince’s talent on full display.

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Marley

Movies, Documentary

Marley

No Comments 21 April 2016

Like so many other people around the world, I love Bob Marley’s music. A few years ago a documentary was made about his life made.

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The Reverent

Movies, Drama

The Reverent

No Comments 13 April 2016

I had heard that The Reverent contains a lot of graphic violence and was not that good.

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Trump Unfavorability Ratings

Diary

Trump Unfavorability Ratings

No Comments 2 April 2016

Good news from my point of view: 

“We’re talking about somebody who has the passionate devotion of a minority and alternately scares, appalls, angers — or all of the above — a majority of the country,” said Henry Olsen, a conservative analyst. “This isn’t anything but a historic election defeat just waiting to happen.”

Source: NY Times

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Eddie the Eagle

Movies, Drama

Eddie the Eagle

No Comments 1 April 2016

I did not expect too much from Eddie the Eagle and was pleasantly surprised how it turned out. The film falls in the genre turn-the-life-of-a-sports-hero-into-a-movie.

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The Wonders (Le meraviglie)

Movies, Drama

The Wonders (Le meraviglie)

No Comments 26 March 2016

I waited for this film to come out in the USA for over a year. It was worth the wait because The Wonders takes you on a entirely different journey of the the Italian landscape.

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Bush and Hillary Clinton

Diary

Bush and Hillary Clinton

No Comments 19 March 2016

George Bush and Hillary met at the funeral of Nancy Reagan. This photo clearly is the photo of the week.

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No, Not Trump, Not Ever

No, Not Trump, Not Ever

No Comments 19 March 2016

David Brooks spells out why journalists should never support Donald Trump. Making him another Wallace must be the goal.

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Rupert Murdoch Marries Jerry Hall

Diary

Rupert Murdoch Marries Jerry Hall

No Comments 13 March 2016

I am busy keeping my eyes on the Donald Trump’s fascist threat to the United States.

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Jobs

Movies, Drama

Jobs

No Comments 28 February 2016

If you know a lot about Apple and Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Steve Jobs, the question you would have is: How will Aaron Sorkin turn Isaacson’s biography into a film script?

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Pretty Women takes on the Role of Mother Nature

Diary

Pretty Women takes on the Role of Mother Nature

No Comments 21 February 2016

Check out this excellent two-minute video narrated by Julia Roberts for the internal nature conservatory.

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Twinsters

Movies, Documentary

Twinsters

No Comments 7 February 2016

In 2004, I reported this story, “TWINS REUNITE AFTER 20 YEARS about twins who were separated at birth and found about each much later. The story repeated itself in 2013. This time the girls are not living in the same city about half way around the world.

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With the first votes in, the US Presidential Race becomes a lot more interesting after Iowa

Diary

With the first votes in, the US Presidential Race becomes a lot more interesting after Iowa

No Comments 2 February 2016

The polls predicted a clear victory of Donald Trump in Iowa. By coming in a 2nd, almost beaten by Rubio, Trump appears like a loser.

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An Unusual Love Story

Diary, Curious News

An Unusual Love Story

No Comments 24 January 2016

Sometimes I read the column “Modern Love” in the NY Times. This is at least the 2nd time that the editors have chosen a remarkable love story, one that I have never heard before.

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The Big Short

Movies, Documentary, Drama

The Big Short

No Comments 23 January 2016

Michael Lewis is an amazing writer. I say this even though I have never read a book by him. I watched two films based on his books.

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David Bowie’s Final Performance

Diary, Music, Pop

David Bowie’s Final Performance

No Comments 11 January 2016

A few days ago, on his 69th birthday, David Bowie released a new album called Black Star. Yesterday, Bowie died and now we know that Bowie turned his imminent death into a work of art.

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Behind the Scenes  how Pop Hits are Made Today

Music, Pop

Behind the Scenes how Pop Hits are Made Today

No Comments 9 January 2016

This is a fascinating story of how many pop hits are written by teams.

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Ted 2  (aka Oh Teddy)

Movies, Phantasy

Ted 2 (aka Oh Teddy)

No Comments 3 January 2016

I laughed my head of in the original Ted. Ted 2 is not very funny, too long, and a waste of two hours of your time. Oh, Teddy, what happened to you.

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Joy

Movies, Drama

Joy

No Comments 27 December 2015

Joy proves that it is difficult to sustain high quality film making. Pixar is an exception to this rule.

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All politicians lie but some lie more

Diary, Must Know

All politicians lie but some lie more

No Comments 12 December 2015

Since 2007 PolitiFact examines statements of U.S. presidential candidates.  Ben Carson and Donald Trump lead on this score. Click on “Continue Reading” to see the full ranking.

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Before we go

Diary, Must Know, Movies, Comedy

Before we go

No Comments 8 December 2015

Movies exist since 1894. Some critics believe that all possible topics for films have already been covered and that all new films are remakes, at best variation on the theme rather than truly new ideas. Before we go certainly falls in this category.

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Mistress America

Movies, Comedy

Mistress America

No Comments 2 December 2015

When they leave to home and become freshmen at college many people feel out of place. Tracy enrolls in Barnard College in Manhattan but finds it difficult to make friends. She is rejected from the student writers’ society.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Movies, Phantasy

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

No Comments 22 November 2015

I skipped the third installment of The Hunger Games because I found the second film already too repetitive. I was asked to join watching the concluding chapter of this blockbuster and went with some trepidation that I might be bored once again. I’m happy to report that Mockingjay Part 2 feels a bit fresher and takes the plot in a somewhat different direction.

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Bridge of Spies

Movies, Drama

Bridge of Spies

No Comments 15 November 2015

Did you ever imagine the Coen brothers—Fargo, No country for old men—collaborating with Steven Spielberg. Well, they wrote the script of Bridge of Spies and Spielberg directed this interesting tale based on a true story.

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The Dressmaker

Movies, Drama

The Dressmaker

No Comments 1 November 2015

Kate Winslet became famous 20 years ago for her leading role in the blockbuster Titanic which is still the 2nd highest grossing film of all time. I wanted to walk out of Titanic because the love story at the center of the film felt superficial and was getting in the way of telling the story about the ship disaster.

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Entourage

Movies, Comedy, Drama

Entourage

No Comments 25 October 2015

I watched every episode of the eight seasons of Entourage when it ran from 2004-11 HBO. It was fun entertainment, particularly for men, helping to get one’s mind away from the problems of the day and relax for half an hour.

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Inside Out

Movies, Phantasy

Inside Out

No Comments 17 October 2015

What makes my personality? Why do I sometimes feel so happy and at other times sad? Why can I not completely control my emotions? What is determining how I feel in a particular moment?

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The Martian

Movies, Phantasy

The Martian

No Comments 10 October 2015

The Martin is the third Hollywood film in little over a year about space travel. So I was a bit worried. Would it be too similar to Gravity or Interstellar to be enjoyable?

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Stunning Story: “Not all Happy Families are alike”

Diary, Curious News

Stunning Story: “Not all Happy Families are alike”

No Comments 27 September 2015

As a joke I a divorced friend of mine she should go on vacation with her ex-husband and their new partners. This would make it easy for the children. And today I read this stunning story in the NY Times.

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Joe Biden revealing interview with Steven Colbert

Diary

Joe Biden revealing interview with Steven Colbert

No Comments 12 September 2015

Joe Biden surprised the political world with this candid interview.  He says that he is not sure whether is ready to run after is son’s death. But he certainly would be a great person to have in the race.

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Joris - Herz über Kopf

Music, Pop

Joris - Herz über Kopf

No Comments 28 July 2015

A nice new German song.

joris

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Some Humor regarding Greek Financial Crisis

Humor, Situations

Some Humor regarding Greek Financial Crisis

No Comments 12 July 2015

In a few hours Euro countries want to make a decision on whether and how to help Greece.  Here is a funny German video clip to lighten up this day, at least from the German perspective.

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Buena Vista Social Club

Movies, Documentary, Music, The Rest

Buena Vista Social Club

No Comments 5 July 2015

An alternative title for this music documentary could be, “Grandpa and Grandma rock!”  For music lovers this documentary by the German filmmaker Wim Wenders is a charmer.

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American Sniper

Movies, Documentary, Drama

American Sniper

No Comments 27 May 2015

Not everyone was happy that Clint Eastwood made a film following a very skilled American navy seal, Kris Kelly, on his four military tours of Iraq.

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Woman in Gold

Movies, Drama

Woman in Gold

No Comments 23 May 2015

Adele two nieces take a significant place in her life filled with high culture. When the Nazis take over Vienna, the life of the Jewish population is destroyed

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Pitch Perfect 2

Movies, Comedy

Pitch Perfect 2

No Comments 17 May 2015

I did not even remember that I had seen the first film in this series. Now I know why.

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Leviathan

Movies, Drama

Leviathan

No Comments 12 April 2015

Anyone reading world news for the past 12 months will be taken aback by Vladimir Putin’s blatant lies regarding Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine. Now comes a film that is extraordinarily powerful in capturing contemporary Russian society.

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The Imitation Game

Movies, Documentary, Drama

The Imitation Game

No Comments 5 April 2015

This is the 2nd film about a famous British scientists this year. Stephen Hawkin is probably better known to the public than Alan Touring. But Touring probably has changed our lives more than Hawkins.

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Overpopulation in Pictures

Diary, Must Know

Overpopulation in Pictures

No Comments 5 April 2015

View the pictures

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The Great Beauty

Movies, Drama, Travel, Europe

The Great Beauty

No Comments 22 March 2015

If you want to see a film that is a genuine piece of art, you could not go wrong with The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza). Many European attempts to make an “artistic” rather than “commercial” film fail miserably. Breaking the tradition, experimentation for the sake of experimenting often becomes the center of these efforts rather than giving the viewer something new that does not feel artificial and contrived and is enjoyable to watch.

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I can feel your pain

Diary

I can feel your pain

No Comments 21 March 2015

I am so sympathetic to this little fellow.

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Wilde

Movies, Drama

Wilde

No Comments 20 March 2015

If I ever were to teach at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, I now have an idea for my very first seminar.  I would have students compare the script for Wild and for The Theory of Everything.

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The Theory of Everything

Movies, Drama

The Theory of Everything

No Comments 8 March 2015

The life story of Steven Hawkings is amazing. In his early twenties he becomes afflicted by a rare disease that causes one to gradually lose control over all muscles.  The doctors only give him two years to live.

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Citizenfour

Movies, Documentary

Citizenfour

No Comments 22 February 2015

Let me make a very strong statement:  As a citizen in a democratic country you have the civic duty to see Citizenfour. We need to have a extensive debate how far we want to allow governments collect data on everything we do in the name of helping to prevent some terrorist attack.

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Ask your Doctor…

Diary

Ask your Doctor…

No Comments 15 February 2015

Ask your Doctor… if he receives money from the company that makes your pills.

Jamie Oliver on doctors suffer from conflict of interests.

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Interstellar

Movies, Phantasy, Travel

Interstellar

No Comments 7 February 2015

Here is my guide on how to get the maximum enjoyment out of watching Interstellar.

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Portland, Maine

Travel, America

Portland, Maine

No Comments 2 February 2015

Portland Maine is one of the most charming towns I have seen in America.

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Birdman

Movies, Drama

Birdman

No Comments 2 February 2015

Alejandro G. Iñárritu always uses the power the comes with the director’s chair to push the envelop of the art of film. Birdman is no exception.

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Boyhood

Movies

Boyhood

No Comments 30 January 2015

Very seldom does a film receive raving reviews like this:

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Gone Girl

Movies, Drama

Gone Girl

No Comments 24 January 2015

If you engaged and your wedding date is coming up soon, you should not watch Gone Girl. You may cancel your wedding afterwards.

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Emma Holten’s Nude Picture were stolen - this is how she fought back

Diary

Emma Holten’s Nude Picture were stolen - this is how she fought back

No Comments 21 January 2015

We have all heard about people’s Facebook or email accounts being hacked. Emma Holten for four years tried to get her stolen pictures to be taken off the web. The she came up with a new idea how to fight back. See her video message by clicking on “continue reading.”

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Begin Again

Movies, Drama

Begin Again

No Comments 30 December 2014

It is difficult to write about this film.  There were moments when I hated it because it descended into cheesiness of a soap opera. But there were moments when I loved the film because at the core it is fueled by a love of music and the beauty music brings to our lives.

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Ida

Movies, Drama

Ida

No Comments 9 December 2014

After a long break I had a chance to see Ida last night. I don’t know where I learned about the film. It was on my list of movies to see. Ida is a film about an 18-year-old girl who is about to take her vows as a nun. The mother superior of the convent believes, however, that Ida needs to learn about her past before committing herself to a life without family and children.

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Oldest Human Art Found

Diary

Oldest Human Art Found

No Comments 9 October 2014

Archeologists just found the oldest human drawing from over 40,000 years ago. The drawings are in a cave on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

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See the Brown sisters grow old: One photo every year since 1975

See the Brown sisters grow old: One photo every year since 1975

No Comments 4 October 2014

This is remarkable set of photos of fours sisters. Click on photo gallery.

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Omar

Movies, Drama

Omar

No Comments 23 June 2014

The conflict between Israel and Palestinians is back in the news. On this backdrop, Omar is an even more poignant drama. The film reminds us of the spy-thrillers made during the cold war. Omar is a young Palestinian baker in love with the sister of one of his friends, which whom he secretly exchanges love letters.

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Rio Bravo

Movies, Drama

Rio Bravo

No Comments 22 June 2014

This John Wayne western is a real treat.  Why.  It has a diverse set of characters who gradually reveal themselves or change. It has suspense. It has danger. This is one of the best westerns I have seen.

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Man on Wire

Movies, Documentary

Man on Wire

No Comments 8 June 2014

There must be hundred of films about bank robberies. I have never seen anything like the Man on Wire.

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Funny Episode on the “Battle over Net Neutrality” by John Oliver

Humor, The Best

Funny Episode on the “Battle over Net Neutrality” by John Oliver

No Comments 3 June 2014

This 13 minutes segment on John Oliver is very good. If you are into the internet, you will enjoy the coverage over the battle over net neutrality.

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The Great Dictator

Movies, Comedy

The Great Dictator

No Comments 1 June 2014

It would be interesting to learn about the reaction of moviegoers who saw the The Great Dictator when the film was first released in 1940. It was still five years before the Great Dictator, Hitler, took his own life

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Searching for Sugar Man

Movies, Documentary

Searching for Sugar Man

No Comments 15 May 2014

I learned about this documentary in the wake of a sad event: Its maker, Malik Bendjelloul, committed suicide two days ago. The film won the Oscar for best documentary in 2012.

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Captain Phillips

Movies, Drama

Captain Phillips

No Comments 10 May 2014

If you are curious how Somali Pirates can simply take over big container ships and demand ransom from the owners, Captain Phillips shows you how to do it: with machine guns and a lot of daring.

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Regina Spektor - Eet  & Samson

Music, Pop

Regina Spektor - Eet & Samson

No Comments 1 May 2014

Started listening to her yesterday. These are her two best songs.

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Ane Brun - Big in Japan

Music, The Rest

Ane Brun - Big in Japan

No Comments 26 April 2014

Ane Brun writes her own music but also does cover songs.  Her version of “Big in Japan” is perhaps more beautiful than the original.

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Books, Fiction

Love in the Time of Cholera

No Comments 22 April 2014

When Gabriel Garcia Marquez died last week, I was inspired to get myself a copy of the novel that made him famous. I am now about 20 pages into Love in the Time of Cholera, which is available as an e-book on Google Play. So far the book is fabulous. Stay tuned for a full review when I am done with the book. May 2014:  It turned out the early promise of the book did not continue all the way to the end. I found myself struggling later, feeling that the story was constructed. It is not a book that I will give out as present.

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The Grand Hotel Budapest

Movies, Drama

The Grand Hotel Budapest

No Comments 12 April 2014

Wes Anderson fans will not be disappointed by his new film. While The Grand Budapest Hotel is emotionally not as deep as Moonrise Kingdom, the film has a stronger plot, making it easier to watch.

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The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer speaks out

Diary

The Father of the Sandy Hook Killer speaks out

No Comments 23 March 2014

I often wondered how parents of mass murderers would cope with what their child did. The father of the Sandy Hook Killer tells his story so other parents with a mentally disturbed child might recognize the threat their child can pose. Read the fascinating story published recently in the New Yorker.

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Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

Travel, America

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

No Comments 14 March 2014

Fogo Island Inn ,Newfoundland, Canada is a hotel I definitely want to visit having seen this picture.

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Share this with your boss: Naps help productivity

Diary, Must Know

Share this with your boss: Naps help productivity

No Comments 8 March 2014

I have written over the years about the benefits of naps. “Powernaps” used to be popular but then the tide turned against them without any medical evidence to back it up. The Washington Post reminds all of us why napping in the afternoon is so good for us.

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The Dallas Buyers Club

Movies, Drama

The Dallas Buyers Club

No Comments 22 February 2014

This year the members of the Academy of Motion Picture have to make a very difficult choice when they vote for the Oscar in the best actor category.

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The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gasdanov

Books, Fiction

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gasdanov

No Comments 10 February 2014

I am still high from reading this fantastic novel.  A week ago I started reading this deep story about life and death composed by Gaito Gazdanov in Russian.

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

No Comments 1 February 2014

The film manages to grab you on a deep emotional level. I felt like I was myself loosing my freedom to become a slave.

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