What movie is your life like?

Month: May 2012

Paris, gritty and real

Paris, gritty and real

Life is chaotic, a mess, full of stressed out, emotional wrecks. Ordinary people whose only fault is that they feel too deeply. Or at least that’s the profile of the eight cops we come to know intimately in the French film Polisse, those who work for Paris’ Child Protection Unit. The film won the Jury […]

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A terror like no other…

A terror like no other…

Take your husband to see the movie Headhunters, and then remind him that you, too, need no material possessions to make you happy…That you are not with him because he keeps you bathed in luxury. This is the impetus for the eccentric and brilliant Norwegian thriller that will leave you cowering like few others. Roger, […]

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A movie once changed my life

A movie once changed my life

I was twelve. The movie was The Turning Point starring Shirley MacClaine and Anne Bancroft, but it wasn’t either of their academy award performances that paralyzed me, it was the aspiring teenage ballerina Emilia, played by the real life ballerina Leslie Browne. I’d been taking ballet, but after watching the swanlike grace of the grossly […]

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The “Talking Cure”

The “Talking Cure”

I’m going to show my ignorance here. I woke up this morning with the question, what actually was the “dangerous method” in the film “The Dangerous Method?” When I’d heard about the movie last year, some vague rumblings of it being dark, perhaps disturbing, that it involved a deranged woman who undergoes some kind of […]

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“I Wish…”

I wish the Lakers had won. I wish I had a dog. I wish my book would sell a million copies. I wish my dad were still alive. Koichi wishes that the active volcano in his town would erupt so that he and his mother would have to move, and thus be reunited with his […]

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Everything will be OK in the end…

Everything will be OK in the end…

What will our elderly do when they run out of money? Answer: Go to India. To escape your life, to start a new one, you’re never too old. Take a risk. Go. I found the movie a colorful contemplation on old age, a film that might have come off purely predictable and far too over-sentimental […]

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To Rome, but where’s the love?

To Rome, but where’s the love?

I’m a Woody Allen fan who happened to be in Rome, where Woody had already released his latest movie, and so I thought, why not? I know a little Italian. It will be good practice. Plus, I’ve been coming to Italy for almost eighteen years and I’d still never been to a movie theater. So, […]

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Pulp Non-Fiction

Pulp Non-Fiction

Rimini is no longer what it used to be: a quaint, pristine, seaside village, home to the birthplace of Fellini and the setting for his charming autobiographical film I Vitelloni, on the Adriatic, splitting north and south, not far from Ancona, is now an overbuilt beach destination for Russians and Germans, a strip of three […]

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Italy, Cinema, and Me

Italy, Cinema, and Me

I’m no cinephile. I simply enjoy movies and the emotions they provoke, the conversations they initiate. They take me to places I might not otherwise go. Like Turin’s National Cinema Museum, on a visit to Italy recently, my husband and I ventured out of his parents’ home to see it, in-between meals and to his […]

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50/50 and the Cancer Card

50/50 and the Cancer Card

Jamie, one of the characters in my novel, Reel Life, has a brief encounter with cancer. It’s no coincidence that I did as well. I was twenty-one, just out of college, stage 3, in my colon, of all places. Cancer is not what my novel is about, but it’s there, an undertone, as it remains […]

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