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Interestingly enough, many of those shows seem to come from HBO, whose latest offering is the groundbreaking True Detective. [Read more…]
It’s so rare to see a movie about a middle-aged woman who is a fully-realized character you can actually relate to. Portrayed stunningly by Paulina Garcia, Gloria is that woman. [Read more…]
Because I got married the same summer as Princess Diana, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for her. I vividly remember watching the news about her car crash at night and being devastated, the next morning, when I heard she had died. [Read more…]
There are dysfunctional families, and then there are DYSFUNCTIONAL families. [Read more…]
I loved this movie, which picks up twenty years after Celeste (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) first met on a train in Before Sunrise and reunited a decade later in Before Sunset. If you haven’t seen those, stop whatever you’re doing and stream them on Netflix before heading to the theater. Part of what makes Before Midnight so good is knowing these characters since they were in their idealistic twenties – their hopes, desires, philosophies – and watching them settle into middle age and deal with the situations life throws at them. [Read more…]
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Sarah Polley, who directed the beautiful and powerful Away From Her, turns the camera on her own family in this fascinating documentary about the truth – and its many versions. The film revolves around Sarah’s mother, Diane, an actress who died of cancer when Sarah was just 11 years old. As Sarah interviews her family members and her mother’s friends, secrets begin to surface and the plot keeps twisting. Because these are real people whose real lives are affected by the events that occurred – or didn’t occur – the film becomes more and more riveting, building to a conclusion that will blindside you. Ultimately, Sarah has the most at stake here, both personally and professionally, but the way she puts the pieces together and presents them to her audience is masterful storytelling in itself. [Read more…]
My great friend, Kim LePiane, does a card reading for me almost every time we get together (trust me, you should call her to do one for you – she is amazing) and recently I turned over the Sadness card. I couldn’t imagine why I was getting it since I really wasn’t feeling sad about anything.
I went down the list of everyone I love to make sure there was nothing I should be feeling sad about, and then Kim – who knows me very well – said, quietly, “You know, this doesn’t have to mean there’s sadness in your personal life. It could be more of a global sadness.” [Read more…]
One of the most thought-provoking categories of the Oscars – and one that’s filled with fantastic movies not enough people usually get to see – is Best Documentary Feature. So far, I’ve only seen three out of the five but I was so blown away by a couple of them, I can’t stop thinking about them.
Although I liked Searching for Sugar Man, I just don’t think it should have won the Academy Award. Yes, it’s a fascinating story about Rodriguez, a ‘70s rock phenomenon most of us have never heard of, and it’s amazing that it’s true. But, to me, an Oscar-winning documentary should be more than that.
How to Survive a Plague, now available on DVD, is way more than that. In fact, it’s one of the most inspiring movies I’ve ever seen, telling a story that will forever change the way I look at the world and my own role in it.
Writer/director David France beautifully captures the bravery, persistence and determination of a group of activists trying desperately to save their own lives – and those of their friends – during the AIDS epidemic. As years pass and millions of deaths continue to tick away, these men and women never give up. They relentless pursue the attention of the media, the government and the pharmaceutical industry, bucking the bureaucracy, researching treatments and medications on their own, and risking everything. [Read more…]