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Monthly Archives: June 2023


A recent visit to The Metropolitan Museum in New York City introduced me to Juan de Pareja (1606-1670) an Afro-Hispanic painter enslaved by renowned artist Diego Velazquez (1599-1660); Juan, freed in 1650, remarkably talented, was hidden in the shadows of Velazquez until his portrait by said artist was displayed in 1650. “Chevalier” is another example, manifesting “color” has no parameters …

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“Gardening is a manipulation of the natural world.” Joel Edgerton gives a perfectly preened performance as “Narvel Roth”, a punctilious horticulturist in charge of dowager’s “Norma Haverhill” (pristinely aged Sigourney Weaver) elegant estate; he is her pawn, carrying out demands both in and outside the mansion. Director Paul Schrader gifts the complicated Roth a robotic intensity: meticulous biographer of floral …

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PAST LIVES (Korean and English) in theatres

Experiencing this elegiacally exquisite film knowing that no one could have written it without having lived it; religiosity reverberates throughout; “Past Lives” is a hymn, a devoted prayer to bygone loves; remembered souls whose sincerity episodically, flowed in and out of one’s life; the “if only’s” “what if’s” are ubiquitously echoed throughout “Past Lives”, stirring memories, mostly ignored, but awakened …

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“One cannot count the moons that shimmer on her roofs/or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” Saib-e-Tabrizi Two films focusing on the travails of American soldiers and their interpreters in the unchartered, explosive, terrifyingly beautiful landscape of Afghanistan. There is keen edification in both films but Guy Ritchie’s “Covenant” is a more intimate, accurate dissection of the dependency, bond …

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