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Thoughts on the film A SEPARATION

Government is a four ring circus, each ring defined by a word beginning with P: Power, Protection, Pride and Profit. Sad as this might sound we would never want to add Purity as the fifth P. It’s the Pure I’m most afraid of. Almost as much as the Sure. Beware the “V word” too. Virtue attends every inquisition, every bloody purge. Yes, we should advocate truthfulness, empathy, courage, honesty and other “virtues” but these are not ends in themselves. How could they be?
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“Sherlock Holmes” Moriartyed, “Reason” mortified

Once Rupert Murdoch & Co. managed to dumb down the British Culture, it was not too difficult for a few good-old-boys to elevate themselves to the level of significant artists in Britain. Nowadays, Guy Ritchie, who’s more like a good-old bad-boy, seems to be enjoying his turn (return?) as a significant film-director, thanks to the popularity of his new franchise “Sherlock Holmes“. And, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is rumored to be turning in his grave, groaning “Elementary my dear Downey Jr., you’re no Holmes…”  Read more »

AND, THE OSCAR GOES TO…
Wishes & Predictions

A very strong year for women, both in the leading and supporting roles.

In the Leading Role category, I saw the performances of all the 5 ladies who are nominated:

  • Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Viola Davis in “The Help”
  • Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
  • Michele Williams in “My Week With Marilyn”

Who should the Oscar go to?: Glenn Close
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Melancholy Review

It doesn’t matter what critics say. It’s what the visionary filmmaker does that counts. And we don’t have many. If words help the vision cut deeper, mean more, assist in following the thread, what we say, in support or denial, may have value. But the real value is in what the filmmaker, caught up in the slipstream of “the way things seem to be,” discovers. In this spirit I presume…

Here’s what the promoters of Lars von Trier’s latest film, MELANCHOLIA. say:

“In this beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire, and brother-in-law John. Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth.” Read more »

Victory Hugo & Les Misérables

The 3-D movie “Hugo” based on a children’s book and directed by one of my idols, Martin Scorsese, is now nominated for 11 Oscars. So, I recently went to see it, of course.

I thought it was a true masterpiece, in terms of its looks (superb lighting, cinematography, use of 3-D and other digital effects). How about its writing, acting, directing, editing? you might ask. Well, I can tell you, its a true masterpiece in terms of its looks! Read more »

Great Acting + Great Looks = ?

In the recent hit comedy “Young Adult“, the highly talented, Oscar-winning Charlize Theron plays a contemporary single woman who, after some fleeting success as a ghost-writer, decides to leave the big city and go back to her small, sleepy hometown, in order to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend. The problem is, he is now happily married and just had a baby. Yet these facts, already well known to her, doesn’t bother her in the least bit. She seems to be aware of some of her problems like her alcoholism but is totally oblivious to her stalker-like psychopathic behavior as she relentlessly pursues this happily-married “average Joe”. Read more »