Archives for February 2014



Nominated for a Best Foreign Film award
Waleed Zuaiter, Adam Bakri and Leem Lubani
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad’s (pictured below) “Omar” is nominated for an Academy Award, as was the Palestinian director’s film “Paradise Now,” also about life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The film again brings sharply into focus the indignities large and small suffered by Palestinians on a daily basis. With the intensity of youth, baker Omar and his friends learn to bear the unbearable but also find ... more >

Facing Fear

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OSCARS 2014: “Facing Fear”

From fear to hope
Directed by Jason Cohen

“The words and what I saw, were far more painful throughout my life than the boots and the blades”  Matthew Boger It’s never too late to change who you are—however difficult that may be. Such is the rallying cry of Jason Cohen’s short "Facing Fear" (this documentary has been nominated in the "Best Documentary Short" category at this year's Academy Awards). Tim Zaal savagely attacked, along with ... more >

Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)

Freudian therapy is alive and well
Mathieu Amalric and Benicio del Toro
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

Right after World War II Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro), a Blackfoot Indian who fought in France, is admitted to a military hospital in Topeka, Kansas. The institution is specialized in brain diseases and Jimmy Picard suffers from many problems : dizziness, temporary blindness, and hearing loss (a case of post-traumatic stress disorder?). In the absence of physiological causes, he’s given a ... more >

We’ve lost our LITTLE PRINCESS

Shirley Temple's dead at 85

Even a cursory glance at the numerous articles following the death, at age 85, of Shirley Temple Black reveals a fact we may not have known: America’s sweetheart was an actual sweetheart. Witness the following: despite her fame, which made it impossible for her to have a normal child’s life, she never felt entitled. Unlike today’s child stars or children of stars—the ones with the very memorable ... more >


"Transformers" actor has become (more) boring

Actor Shia LaBeouf cannot handle Germany's climate--there's something in the air there and it's gone to his head. At the Berlinale, which ends tomorrow, he's shown up at his film's premiere wearing a paper bag (which reads "I'm not famous anymore") over his head (while wearing a tuxedo, no less) and stormed out of a press conference after dribbling some nonsense about sardines and trawling. And ... more >


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