Monthly Archives: July 2015

FILM: Take Care

Frankly, I wasn’t entirely optimistic about this film as its first few minutes rolled by.  But I stuck around long enough to begin to appreciate its considerable cinematic strengths.  The tale it tells educates us that the line between, on … Continue reading

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FILM: The Dancer Upstairs

Despite some weaknesses, this is an interesting and worth-watching film.  Javier Bardem plays a ex-lawyer who becomes a police detective in order to find a truer form of justice and a better way to serve the rule of law.  He’s … Continue reading

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FILM: The Search for General Tso

Who makes a film about the history of a single Chinese dish — in this case one called “General Tso’s Chicken”?  Actually, this film offers considerably more.  A social history of Chinese settlement and the Chinese restaurant in America is … Continue reading

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FILM: What happened, Miss Simone?

When I was an undergrad at Berkeley I happened to hear Nina Simone’s fugue-like and crescendo-driven version of “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” from her “Nina at Newport” album.  I was blown-away by it.  (Hear it here.) … Continue reading

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