Each of your eyes are like two worlds, full. Memories, thoughts, whispers, sounds, songs. I stare into them and I see everything. I tell you quietly, in my silence, when I speak to you in my thoughts. Photograph & poem by Aslı Omur.
Sins are lived twice and men act as mirrors of each other, regardless of how disparate their histories and futures. They atone of their transgressions in mere glances. This isn’t just a movie, a film, or simply a script – this is real life. As sloppy, unforgiving and secretive as a hard life lived breathlessly. … Continue reading
Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” is (almost) a hippie-modern retelling of “Les Misérables” in the format of “All The Presidents Men”. Redford is both actor and director for the first time since his 2007 film “Lions for Lambs.” ”The Company You Keep” (to open in theaters on April 12, 2013) re-spins the tale, by way of … Continue reading
Films based on books based on “real” people’s lives are often not an easy sell. Ruben Fleischer’s GANGSTER SQUAD, based on Tales from the Gangster Squad by journalist Paul Lieberman, plays all the parts expected. It’s Tommy guns, Studebaker shoot-outs, furs and flash bulbs, the overdone trope of Jessica Rabbit damsels in distress, blockbuster gangsters, male bimbos, quaint ’40s … Continue reading
I have wandered through the vastness of your entire life just by touching your forearm as we drive I have sneezed you into a victorious alignment with the highest of stars I saw you before you saw yourself I learned of your movement and the palpitations you incurred minutes before your release I wanted to … Continue reading
ZERO DARK THIRTY could have been a tragic disaster of film but Kathryn Bigelow wouldn’t let that happen. The film leads us ominously from a black screen with only sounds and voices of 911 telephone calls on September 11, 2001 to the much maligned quest for and eventual capture-kill of Usama Bin Laden a.k.a Osama … Continue reading
She herself looks like a character from the fairytales she chiseles into paper and film. Diminutive and with expressive almond eyes that belie her age, actress Armine Anda (her stage name) is Joan in the 2012 feature film, JOAN AND THE VOICES. She met me at a café in Seattle, on another grey sky day, … Continue reading
Armenia is like a pomegranate. Concealed with a tiny opening at the top. Inside, the many seeds of antiquity. Safely suspended in it’s red flesh, a curiously unstructured structured fruit, a random formation of 613 seeds — a pomegranate is it’s own small land of poetic secrets, like Armenia. JOAN AND THE VOICES, the feature debut … Continue reading
Sometimes in the thick of our troubles we are blinded to those of others. Irritable clean freak, Nuremberger taxi driver Hartmut Mackowiak, played by Elmar Wepper (a well-known television actor in Germany) is engrossed in a crisis. His wife, Christa (Katja Rupé), of 30+ years is leaving him for a “Volvo driver” with better clothes. Hartmut … Continue reading
The Manifest Crimson pour les exilés d’Alger The blurred year was the yellow spiced morning A trance of cicadas singing in the trees Roman! The milk stained the doorposts, and truth slit throats In the night air the orange blossom water protected the Swaddled infant, from the devil, turned upside down The hennaed hands … Continue reading
2 DAYS IN NEW YORK is a personable and realistic approach to the roller coaster that is modern city life. Marion, played by Julie Delpy, who wrote the screenplay and directed it, is a Parisian photographer on deadline with a crazy family dynamic. Delpy, who is often pegged as a “European Woody Allen” or “French … Continue reading
They say the first step to hating someone you admire is to meet them. In JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN, we meet Jimmy Dean in all his tortured glory. And the more his Hollywood veneer is stripped away, the more one can love him — even after all the time that has … Continue reading
There is a very big and beautiful difference between forgiving the past and forgetting it. THE MEXICAN SUITCASE, by filmmaker Trisha Ziff, allows the descendents of the dead from the Spanish Civil War to make a sliver of peace with the fate of their grandparents and ancestors. The film unravels the thousands of film negatives … Continue reading
Una tensa, extrañamente erótico, concurso bíblico, y la película profunda, MADRID, 1987, es una historia de dos personas que son opuestos en todos los sentidos. Ella es joven, él es viejo. Ella es la hija de un líder militar fascista, que él es un comunista. Ella es tranquila, él habla corrientes de las oraciones. Ella es una estudiante, él un profesor. Está casado, ella … Continue reading
A tense, oddly erotic, biblical, tender and profound film, MADRID, 1987, is a tale of two people who are opposites in every way. She is young, he is old. She is the daughter of a fascist military leader, he is a communist. She is quiet, he speaks streams of sentences. She is a student, he … Continue reading
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