Category Archives: Movie reviews

The Search for Home: “Brooklyn” (film review)

I confess I shed more tears during Brooklyn than any movie I have seen in years.  Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley and nominated for three Oscars, is a story about the immigrant experience, but it has been over 40 years … Continue reading

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A Secular Annunciation: “Something’s Comin” from West Side Story

While I was gazing at a reproduction of the gorgeous fresco The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, I started to sing a song from my favorite musical West Side Story.  The unconscious has a wonderful way of making associations.  The more … Continue reading

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Begin Again (movie review)

John Carney who wrote and directed Once has created a more satisfying story with his latest movie release, Begin Again. Set in Greenwich Village, NYC, a burned-out music producer, Dan (played by Mark Ruffalo), rediscovers his creative muse in a … Continue reading

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Departures (movie review)

The film critic, Roger Ebert, rated the Japanese movie Departures (Director, Yojiro Takita, 2008) as one of the best movies of all time (available on Netflix). It was the Academy Award winner for best Foreign Language Film, and I agree … Continue reading

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The Way

I do recommend the movie “The Way” (available on DVD, directed by Emilio Estevez). The script, direction and acting will not win any academy awards, but it is nevertheless an inspiring film.  It unashamedly proclaims the healing power of pilgrimage … Continue reading

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Andrei Rublev (film)

I studied two terms of Russian in High School and became enamored of Russian literature, being the only person I knew that had actually finished reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.  Since then I have always had a fascination … Continue reading

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Inception

Yesterday I saw the movie “Inception”, directed by Christopher Nolin, with an excellent ensemble cast, headed by Leonardo DiCaprio. It was very enjoyable, a good thriller, with a well planned storyline. One of the main sources of inspiration for the … Continue reading

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