Monthly Archives: February 2015


Oscar Dud 2015

2015-02-23T16:45:27+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Essays|

A big-winner favorite I didn't like and a self-referential host who wasn't funny were two of the reasons Oscar disappointed last night. As reported previously, my wife and I walked out of Birdman because we were having such a bad time. The absurdist magical-realism style never connected, and the characters, starting with Michael Keaton and [...]

Villa Touma – 6.8

2015-02-01T22:54:01+00:00February 1st, 2015|Film Festival|

Maybe because there are three sisters, the blurb described this film from Israel as Chekhovian. In fact, it was as much Dickens or O'Henry - or whoever it was who wrote Cinderella. The plot is simple: an unwanted niece comes to live with her three aunts, remnants of a Christian community in Ramallah who exist [...]

Timbuktu – 8

2015-02-01T22:44:08+00:00February 1st, 2015|Film Festival|

If, as I do, you want a foreign film to immerse you and teach you about an alien culture, then Timbuktu will satisfy you and more. There is a plot of sorts, but the film is more a series of vignettes, showing what life is like for the unfortunate residents of this city in Mali [...]