What movie is your life like?

Month: June 2012

A battle of kites, hearts, and skies

A battle of kites, hearts, and skies

Imagine this. You walk into a theater, sit down with your popcorn, the room darkens, and the movie begins. No commercials, no cellphone warnings, no previews. That’s twenty minutes of my life I just got back, which is beside the point. The point is that I went to the theater to see Patang (The Kite). […]

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Your Sister’s Sister…and mine

Your Sister’s Sister…and mine

I’m a sap for sister movies, for sisters in general (hence the impetus for my novel, REEL LIFE). This film, Your Sister’s Sister, gave me a feeling like no other. For one hour and thirty minutes I was back in the bedroom that I shared with my own sister, lying side-by-side murmuring aimlessly into the […]

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A Roman icon comments on Woody’s “To Rome with Love”

A Roman icon comments on Woody’s “To Rome with Love”

Carlo Verdone—a famous Roman actor, director, and comedian comments on Woody Allen’s film To Rome with Love in La Repubblica. You can read the full article here: http://www.repubblica.it/spettacoli-e-cultura/2012/05/28/news/verdone_allen_roma-36086553/index.html?ref=search, if you can read Italian that is, which I can’t, so I had excerpts translated. I wanted the unfiltered, non-American perspective. I wanted to know what real […]

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The Miracle Drug

The Miracle Drug

It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we work together. While competition fosters the advancement of ideas and a necessary taking of risks, it is collaboration that makes the difference when it comes to life and death. This is the message I took away after seeing this short and powerful documentary, “The Miracle Drug.” In […]

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Departures

Departures

On the phone with my father, talking about movies. He was eighty-two at the time, sharp witted, if forgetful and nonlinear. He’d just seen a movie on Netflix that had deeply touched him, though he couldn’t remember the name of it. “Foreign,” he stammered. “Japanese” came with a cough. “Departures,” I returned without delay, for […]

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Norma, I love you!

Norma, I love you!

For your courage, audacity, and madness. For the theatrical way you carry yourself, clawing with your hands at the air. That devilish sneer, the painted brows, the eyes that laugh in the face of adversity; your startling wit. Your fearlessness. For the way you devour love. For listening to the grand illusions of your soul, […]

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Kingdoms rise in one’s own world

Kingdoms rise in one’s own world

The film Moonrise Kingdom is set in the sixties but the place Wes Anderson takes us to is timeless. No time, no clocks, no cell phones, no computers. Just an old record player, some books, a cat, binoculars, gum, left handed scissors—prized possessions—all of which one might take on an escape across the fictional island […]

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Yes, that’s me, about to kiss Richard Dawson

Yes, that’s me, about to kiss Richard Dawson

He died Sunday, at age 79, after “somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000 Family Feud kisses,” of which I was one. 1983. The youngest of four siblings, three girls and a boy, the oldest, I’m pretty sure it was his idea even though he barely watched the show. It was the two youngest there on […]

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Birds, Zombies, and Dinosaurs

Birds, Zombies, and Dinosaurs

Late at night, someone (not me) is doing that incessant surfing, and then there she is, Tippi Hedren aka Melanie Daniels, awash in her cool, sultry anger. She’s at the Bodega Bay schoolhouse, making small talk with the teacher, ex-girlfriend of Mitch, the man Melanie is presently trying to seduce. The teacher is giving Melanie […]

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Ten reasons to see the movie Bernie

Ten reasons to see the movie Bernie

1. It’s a true story. And truth is stranger than fiction. 2. It is hands down Jack Black’s best performance, and you will hear him sing some amazing gospel along the way. 3. If corpse cosmetology is your thing, you will learn a thing or two, like fingernail etiquette and lip drift. 4. You will […]

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