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  1. Sometimes I think Meditation is the only way I can get through the day these days and this film is a terrific intro. Yes, it's great to be on this board, with so many thoughtful critics.
  2. I am sorry to say that I know his work only from last year's Shoplifters, which I adored, especially with the theme of how you can -- and sometimes should -- choose your own family. It was one of my favorite films of the year. I thought The Truth (La Verite) was a different take on Family --about how many people whose parents have mistreated them have to learn to divorce themselves from their parents-- or love them--and if they decide to love them then they have to accept that hate is also involved in that love. And with such mixed messages, Memory is the unreliable narrator of both the
  3. Wow, interesting replies. Except for the unbelievable, too forgiving, ending, I found this film quite absorbing... perhaps because the relationship between mothers and daughters is often so fraught with tension [and is definitely different from the relationship between mothers and fathers and also that between sons and their parents]--this film might have more relevance, and thus more impact, with femme viewers.
  4. There are many reasons to see The Truth (or La Verite). It takes place in Paris. It’s the newest tale from Japanese film master, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, who made last year’s charming Shoplifters (but it’s not in Japanese—it’s in French and English). It’s one of those delightful films that has another film story embedded in it. The cinematography is discreet and serviceable with not an unnecessary show-off shot. Most importantly, it’s a rare chance to see two French femme stars sharing screen time. Watching Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche interact with one another has got to be one of th
  5. Wow, wonderful, comprehensive review, Andrew! I do agree the film should gain warranted attention for the director and the excellent cast --and I sure hope more people will see it. I am still struggling with the woman's character and her decisions. One thing is for sure -- you will be thinking about this film for a long time afterward! .
  6. Darrel, I'm glad a man likes this movie, I didn't know how men would respond to this movie since the woman and what was happening in her body was so central. And Andrew, please let me know where I can see your review-- I'm curious! mm
  7. The Surrogate is a tale about three nice people who get pregnant and then an extra chromosome sends their happy lives into a tailspin. While spinning, they face many of the difficult issues of American society. It’s an ambitious film, not completely successful, but so ardent and well-done that it’s going to be one of the best films of the year. Jess (the remarkable Jasmine Batchelor), black and beautiful and privileged, is the spoiled only daughter in a wealthy black New York City family. Her favorite buddy from her years at Radcliffe is a sweet, curly-haired white man, Josh (Chris Perfet
  8. This documentary is an excellent introduction to Mindfulness Meditation -- and there is virtually a cornucopia of info on meditation on the internet, all free. Search for meditation + youtube.com for many lessons on meditation from different teachers. Search on the internet for Eckhart Tolle and you'll find many of his excellent meditation teachings. There is a very good academic course, with several weeks of classes, for free --search for Mindfulness for Well-Being and Peak Performance at the FutureLearn.com site.. Soundstrue.com is also offering many free meditation episodes to introduce the
  9. I really want to see Greed too! I'm a big Coogan fan. Alas, I don't ever want to travel with him.
  10. Since I saw last year’s terrific The Farewell, I’m keen for Chinese-American movies. Lucky Grandma, set in New York’s vibrant Chinatown, is a quirky hybrid – it begins as a biting comedy, gets waylaid by unnecessary violence, then saves itself with self-sacrifice. Young femme director/co-writer Sasie Sealy delivers an exciting feature debut that does indeed bear resemblance to the work of our shared favorite filmmaker, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer 2013, Parasite 2019). Recent widow 80-year old Grandma Wong (the celebrated Tsai Chin) is a bitter, chain-smoking curmudgeon, who is determined to
  11. I had high expectations for The Trip to Greece, the fourth and last outing of the popular culinary travelogues with dueling Brit wits Steve Coogan (Stan & Ollie 2018) and Rob Brydon (Holmes & Watson 2018). After having enjoyed England, Italy, and Spain, the duo sets out to retrace--in six days-- the 10-year journey of Odysseus from the war in Troy to his home in Ithaca. Yes, an impossible task. Coogan and Brydon, wondrously talented performers with healthy egos, play fictional versions of themselves. Which means they compete for center stage in everything they do, from impersonat
  12. In this clever production, New Orleans is the exhilarating setting for three short horror tales. And I do mean short, each is about 15 minutes--which means this anthology series can be a quick break from coronavirus news. The first story, Grace, is shot mostly in black and white, creating a classic Twilight Zone appeal. A motherless little girl is verbally abused by a Jesus-spouting aunt. With paper and crayons, helped by a ballerina music box, the child takes her revenge—an abrupt change to murky color shows the hellish prison in which the nasty woman finds herself. In Pillowshop, a
  13. The Mindfulness Movement –TV documentary These days it seems we are more connected to information than we are to each other. Multi-tasking is something people brag about. If Stress is not our middle name, then it might be Anxiety, Inflammatory Disease, Obesity or Heart Disease. Wouldn’t it be miraculous if there were one easy, low-cost solution to such problems? There is--and millions of people world-wide have found it. It doesn’t cost a penny, and you can do it anywhere, anytime, all by yourself. This wonderful thing is mindfulness – the state of being aware of what is happenin
  14. This often-grim series set in North Ireland is based on incidents in the life of director/co-writer Shane Meadows (This is England TV series). This true-story nature explains its unrelenting no-holds barred realism that many viewers will appreciate. But, warning here, the film is not for everyone. The Virtues is a sarcastic title because many of the people in the film own no virtue. However, like grace unasked for, sometimes the worst of human nature is countered with the best--thus evil engenders the few, but definite, virtues in the film. Like real life though, not every hu
  15. Released in the U.S. in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Extra Ordinary is a totally bonkers gem, a low-budget Ghostbusters, Emerald Isle style. If you’re slightly deranged, you’ll love it. If you cling to logic, well, you might not give it the 5 stars that most of the critics did. Rose Dooley (County Cork-born, New York-based standup comic Maeve Higgins) is a small-town driving teacher, trying to find happiness despite her tragic past. Self-deprecating, pleasant but frumpy and oh dear, still unmarried, she’s what you might call extra ordinary. That’s because she refuses to use her real talent
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