Wake Up Side (2009) – December 10th, 2013 – a terrific romance from India – A slacker boy and a grounded and focused woman. Yes it ends the way you would expect. No Surprise there. But how they get there is what makes it special.
Homeland: Episode 3 x 11 – Big Man in Tehran – Recap/Review -November 9th, 2013 – The pace quickens rapidly. Just one more episode after this in Homeland Season 3.
The Blind Detective – December 5th, 2013 – From Hong Kong. Johnnie To‘s latest. Starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng.
The Book Thief – December 2nd, 2013 – The Holocaust revisited – this time from the perspctive of a young girl living in Germany. From the best-selling novel by Markus Zusak.
Madras Cafe – November 29th, 2013 – a Thriller from India
Happy Thanksgiving 2013 – November 28th, 2013 – My annual look at art as we give thanks.
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again – November 24th, 2013 – Gangsters in Mumbai.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – November 23rd, 2013 – Great film. Don’t miss it.
Drug War – November 21st, 2013 – a 2012 film from noted Hong Kong film director Johnnie To.
About Time – November 20th, 2013 – Travels are over, back to reviews. This one is a lovely romance set in London. A young man discover that he can time-travel.
Last Full Day in Hong Kong – November 18th, 2013 – Airport In town check in, and dinner in Mongkok at Langham Place. And then I am finally home.
My Penultimate Night in Hong Kong – November 17th, 2013 – Dinner at the Zabon Ramen restaurant in Soho and a look at Lan Kwai Fong –
Shopping in Shau Kei Wan, Riding the Bus to Shek-O Beach, and No Body Surfing – November 16th, 2013 – the adventures continue.
Hong Kong: Soho, The Connoisseur Art Gallery and the Art of Zhang Da Zhong – November 15th, 2013 – beautful art and a day of walking around in Soho.
A Day of Sailing Around Hong Kong And Dinner at The Nepal Restaurant – November 14th, 2013 – I didn’t sail, Jeannette was the sailor. I merely changed apartments then dined with my friends.
Life is a Dance – The Hong Kong Cultural Center – November 11th, 2013 – JMM attends the ballet – Modern Dance actually –
Hiking on Hong Kong’s Dragon Back Trail and Lunch in Shek-O – November 11th, 2013 – I hike to a place high above the beach, then later we have lunch just off this beach.
A Night of Music at The Hong Kong Cultural Center – November 10th, 2013 – I head to the Carnegie Hall of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong: Day 8 – Korean Barbecue – November 9th, 2013 – Once more I head to To Kwan Wan by MTR and Ferry for a dinner of Korean Barbecue.
Coffee and Croissant at Java Java – Hong Kong Travels – November 8th, 2013 – breakfast in the neighborhood, and I have a look at the Macau Ferry Terminal.
Day Seven in Hong Kong: I Visit the World of Suzie Wong – November 7th, 2013 – Lockhart Road in Wanchai.
Day Five in Hong Kong: The Adventure to Enjoy Chicken Biryani in Kowloon City – November 6th, 2013 – JMM travels on a Ferry and takes a cab into the unknown – rather, the heart of Kowloon City – all to find an Indian restaurant.
Hong Kong: Day Four – The Best Laid Schemes of Mice an’ Men – November 6th, 2013 – The Peak and lunch at Lucy’s in Stanley was the plan – but things went a bit south for us.
Day Three in Hong Kong – The Walled City of Kowloon – November 5th, 2013 – Formerly this was the single most densely populated place on the planet. Now it is a tranquil park.
Hong Kong Day 2 – November 4th, 2013 – an elegant dinner at the Peking Garden restaurant, where Peking Duck was the highlight.
Sarasota to Hong Kong Day One – November 3rd, 2013 – The journey begins. JMM flies half-way around the world for two weeks in Hong Kong. This is just getting there and getting started.
Haute Cuisine – October 26th, 2013 – From France – He runs the country, she runs his kitchen. Wonderfully tasty, indeed.
The Counselor – October 25th, 2013 – The latest film from Ridley Scott. High;y anticipated and a major disappointment.
The Fifth Estate – October 21st, 2013 – a joint review and discussion of the film, The Fifth Estate, with film blogger Didion of Feminéma.
Homeland: Episode 3 x 04 – October 20th, 2o13 – Finally, after a sluggish start to the season, things begin to pick up.
Dancing On the Edge – October 20th, 2013 – Set in London in the 1930’s. A black jazz band in pre-war London. An original mini-series on Starz. A wonderful period drama and mystery.
Homeland: Episode 3 x 03 – Tower of David – Recap and Review – October 14th, 2013 – Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody makes his first appearance of the season.
Captain Phillips – October 11th, 2013 – Tom Hanks stars in this terrific tale of piracy on the high seas. Unforgettable.
Gravity – October 10th, 2013 – A nearly perfect film that should garner a ton of Oscar nominations. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in this epic thriller.
Hostages – Episode 1 x 03 – Recap & Review – October 9th, 2013 – New CBS-TV drama competing against The Blacklist in the Monday 10:00 PM slot.
Homeland: Episode 3 x 02 – Review and Recap – October 6th, 2013 – The episodes’s title is Uh … Oh … Ah
Lootera – October 5th, 2013 – A wonderful drama out of India. A drama, a romance, a suspenseful thriller – all in one. Don’t miss it.
Ironside – New Series on NBC-TV – October 4th, 2013 – Blair Underwood in a new version of Ironside which starred Raymond Burr back in the late 70’s and 80’s.
The Hunt For Red October – Author Tom Clancy Dies – October 3rd, 2013 – another look at a classic film.
The Bridge: Season Finale – October 3rd, 2013 – The curtain comes down on the 1st season of The Bridge, so it is wait until next year to find out what happens to Sonya, Marco, Charlotte, Loinder, Daniel Frye, Adriana and Daniela Mendez.
Enough Said (2013) – October 2nd, 2013 – Film review. James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in this romance/comedy. All the more touching knowing the Gandolfini, the once and forever Tony Soprano, is gone forever.
The Blacklist vs Hostages: One Up & One Down – October 2nd, 2013 – Two new network TV series are on opposite one another at 10:00 PM on Mondays. I don’t know which one you’re watching, but this post tells you which one I am watching.
Homeland – Season 3 Episode 01 – Tin Man is Down – September 30th, 2013 – The third season begins.
Rush – September 27th, 2013 – Ron Howard’s new film. Set in 1976, this is a film about real life Formula One race drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda who contested the Driving Championship throughout the entire season. Fast moving, high octane, high energy, loud and exciting. A must-see.
Nashville: Season 02 Episode 01 -Recap – September 26th, 2013 – The second season begins. If you recall, the 1st season ended with a horrific car crash involving Rayna and Deacon.
The Bridge: Episode 12 – All About Eva – September 256th, 2013 – The next to last epsiode of the season. The show has been renewed for a second season.
Broadchurch – Season Finale on BBC America – September 26th, 2013 – The season concludes and the murdered is captured. Did you correctly pick the murderer out of a lengthy list of suspects?
Hostages = New CBS TV Series – September 24th, 2013 – a thriller. A noted surgeon and her family are taken hostage by a small but ruthless gang. This surgeon is scheduled to perform surgery on the POTUS – President of the United States. What do they tell her? Make sure the President dies on the operating, or we will kill your family.
Blacklist = New NBC TV Series – September 24th, 2013 – James Spader as uber-criminal Raymond Reddington decides to help the FBI but he will only work with one specific agent – a woman called Elizabeth Keen. She’s played by Megan Boone.
Broadchurch Episode 8 – September 19th, 2013 – A who done it from the BBC. Currently airing on BBC America. I offer some opinion and theories, but the final episode has yet to be aired. so for the moment, I cannot claim that I am right.
A Man and a Woman (1966) – September 18th, 2013 – a look back at fondly remember, well received, and very influential film from France that was considered the quintessential date movie. Jean Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée star. Claude Lelouch wrote and directed.
D-Day – September 17th, 2013 – The 2nd most wanted terrorist in the world, after OBL, is hiding in Pakistan. India wants him. Pakistan denies he is in their country. If you label this film the India Zero Dark Thirty, you’d wouldn’t be wrong. Directed by Nikhil Advani and recommended. Stars Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) and Arjun Rampal, along with Rishi Kapoor as Goldman.
The Newsroom: Notes on the Season Finale – September 16th, 2013 – The second season of The Newsroom concludes. This post discusses some highs and lows of the season finale.
Shootout at Wadala – September 15th, 2013 – Another film from India that uses gangsters as the topic. Once again a young man rises to a position of power and dominance, until the police have had enough. This is about a contract killing – by the cops.
The Bridge: Episode 10 – Old Friends – Recap & Analysis – September 12th, 2013 – Is the bridge sinking? Are you on board with the shift from a who-done-it to a revenge based story. I think they’ve gone off the tracks, and not for the better. Following the recap, I tell you why I think this is so.
Broadchurch – Episode 6 – September 11th, 2013 – Analysis of the episode and a rundown of who may be eliminated as suspects.
Broadchurch – Episode 5 – September11th, 2013 – Pressure rises in Broadchurch, and we have a new victim. Which means one less suspect.
The Newsroom: Sn 02 Ep 08 – Election Night Part 1 – Recap and Commentary -September 9th, 2013 – Only more episode left for this season. Election night and there’s no good news for the News Night crew.
Auto Racing: The New Ron Howard Film Rush and Other Racing Films – September 6th, 2013 – Only about three weeks until Rush opens. Here’s a chance to remeber some raciung movies starring the biggest film stars.
Love in the Buff – September 4th, 2013 – relationships come and go, but just because you break up doesn’t mean that any thing is over. Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue star in this Hong Kong & China based co-production.
Closed Circuit – August 30th, 2013 – a political thriller set in London where CCTV cameras are everywhere. Tagline – they see your every move.
Broadchurch (BBC America) Episode Four – Recap and Theories – August 29th, 2013 – the plot thickens on this who-done-it.
Assault on Wall Street – August 28th, 2013 – Taking down the ‘masters of the universe’ – quickly
Dead Man Down – August 27th, 2013 – Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in an action thriller
Emperor- August 24th, 2013 – just after WWII ends US General MacArthur arrives in japan
Killing Season – August 23rd, 2013 – A very, very minor Robert De Niro film with John Travolta
Broadchurch: Episode Three – August 22nd, 2013 – What did you think?
FX: The Bridge – Episode 07 – Destino – August 22nd, 2013 – Recap and random thoughts
Easy Money – August 21st, 2013 – Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) in a Swedish film
New World – August 20th, 2013 – Gangsters in Korea
Blue Jasmine – August 16th, 2013 – Next year’s Oscar winner for Best Actress – Cate Blanchett in the new Woody Allen film
Low Winter Sun – New AMC Original TV Series – August 12th, 2013 – intro and comments
The Newsroom: Episode 5 – News Night With Will McAvoy – August 12th, 2013 – Thoughts, recap and revew
The White Queen Arrives on Starz – August 11th, 2013 – another new series from BBC – this one a period drama.
Broadchurch: Well Received BBC Drama Now on BBC America – August 10th, 2013 – and I for one an pleased.
Magic City Not Renewed: Final Thoughts – August 10th, 2013 – it’s really over
AMC’s The Killing: Some Final Thoughts – August 7th, 2013 – What did you think of this season?
2 Guns – August 2nd, 2013 – Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg – an action thriller
Talking About The Killing – Sort Of – July 31st, 2013 – a readers comments
Talking About The Newsroom: Episode 03 – Willie Pete – July 31st, 2013 – A Discussion with Noah Gittellof ReelChange
Disgrace – July 24th, 2013 – From Wikipedia: David Lurie (Malkovich) is a South African professor of English at an unnamed university in Cape Town. After an affair with one of his students, he loses his job and his reputation. He takes refuge with his daughter, Lucy (Haines), at her farm in the Eastern Cape. At first the two experience harmony and Lurie finds peace with himself. However, one day Lurie and his daughter are attacked by three men, and Lucy is raped. Subsequently, Lurie goes through a crisis, not knowing how to cope with his personal and family tragedies. He is also confused by the newfound guilt he suddenly feels about his last affairs.
Blackfish Opens Today – July 19th, 2013 – The documentary opens and Sea World pushes back
The Newsroom: Season Two Begins – July 15th, 2013 – a recap of the opening episode of The Newsroom’s 2nd Season
Magic City: Guessing How It All Turns Out – July 14th, 2013 – I’m just winging it here…all guesswork
Orange is The New Black – July 13th, 2013 – A new series on Netflix
The Bridge: New TV Series on FX – July 11th, 2013 – The car stops. Within a moment the lights come back on. On a monitor in the US Border Patrol facility, an agent sees an image. A body has been placed exactly on the line dividing Mexico and the USA mid-bridge. Half the body is the US, and the other half in Mexico.
HBO’s The Newsroom: Season 2 Preview – July 7th, 2013 – a look at the upcoming season on the Aaron Sorkin created series on HBO.
The 4th of July – A Celebration of Art: Steve Hanks – July 4th, 2013 – a new tradition begins. To celebrate a traditional American holiday, we will look at American art.
Ray Donovan – The New Showtime Series – June 30th, 2013 – Liev Shreiber as an LA ‘fixer’.
Love is All You Need – June 18th, 2013 – Pierce Brosnan meets the right woman in Italy
AMC’s The Killing – June 17th, 2013 – Episode 4
Dor – June 15th, 2013 – a drama from India
Magic City – Season Two Opens With a Thud = June 14th, 2013 – the second season begins and not every one is thrilled…
Graceland: Episode 02 – Guadalajara Dog – June14th, 2013 – Recap of Graceland’s second episode.
Magic City: Season 02 Starts – June 13th, 2013 – a preview of Magic City’s 2nd season.
Two by Three: The Killing & The Fall – June 11th, 2013 – two TV series, one on AMC and the other on Netflix.
Sleepless Night aka Nuit Blanche – June 9th, 2013 – from France, the line between cops and crooks blurs.
The Iceman – June 8th, 2013 – Michael Shannon as an assassin for the Mob.
Graceland – June 8th, 2013 – The new TV series on the USA Network
Killing Them Softly – May 24th, 2013 – Brad Pitt as an assassin for the Mob.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola – May 24th, 2013 – colorful film starring the gorgeous Anushka Sharma.
Stark Trek Into Darkness – May 18th, 2013 – the franchise once more.
The Great Gatsby – May 12th, 2013 – Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby – It’s Not History, It’s Art – a discussion with film blogger Didion.
Renoir – May 7th, 2013 – a French bio film about famed artist Renoir.
The Company You Keep – May 4th, 2013 – Robert Redford is man with a past in this thriller. He has to deal with his past when it intrudes on his present.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – May 1st, 2013 – Directed by Mira Nair, a successful business man returns to the land of his ancestors.
Emily Blunt – April 29th, 2013 – a review of the film Arthur Newman starring Emily Blunt and Colin Firth.
Top of The Lake – Did It Work For you? – April 18th, 2013 – Thoughts on the series Top of The Lake
42 (The Jackie Robinson Story) – April 18th, 2013 – Jackie Robinson is brought to Major League Baseball to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers
The Forgotten Kingdom – @ the SFF – April 14th, 2013 – Set in Jo’berg and the country called Lesotho. A man and his past collide when he’s homeward bound to bury his father. This against another collision – that of modern Africa and the ways of old and traditional Africa. Won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the SFF. Directed by Andrew Mudge.
Frances Ha – The Closing Night @ the SFF – April 14th, 2013 – Starring and co-written by Greta Gerwig, and directed, produced, and written by Noah Baumbach. About a wonderful girl who doesn’t do much of anything – but does it well.
Pasadena – Day Nice @ the SFF – April 14th, 2013 – Directed by Will Slocombe. This was the World Premier of Pasadena. Rather than carve up a turkey on Thanksgiving, this dysfunctional family carve each other up – verbally. A plunge into the depths of emotional terrorism.
Nor’easter – Day Nine @ the SFF – April 13th, 2013 – A Nor’easter is a major storm. In this film it arrives in a small Maine town as a crisis of faith.
My Name is Faith – Day Nine @ the SFF – April 13th, 2013 – a documentary about Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Day Nine at the SFF – a Very Busy Day – April 13th, 2013 – what is still to come at the festival for me.
The Hunt @ the SFF – April 12th, 2013 – Mads Mikkelsen as a kindergarten teacher is accused of a perverse act. We know with a certainty that he’s innocent – but no one in the town believes it.
Medora @ the SFF – April 12th, 2013 – Kind of like a reverse Hoosiers. It still Indiana high school basketball – only it is real and there’s not a championship in sight.
Dead Man’s Burden @ the SFF – April 11th, 2013 – a western from Jared Moshe, starring Clare Bowen.
Adios Smash, Sayonara Nashville – The Reviewer Has Left the Building – April 10th, 2013 – My last recap/review of Smash & Nashville.
Still Mine – Day Three @ the SFF – April 8th, 2013 – Even when you know how to build a house, you might discover that it’s much more involved than you thought. Alernate description, Growing Old and Doing It Well. James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold.
The Wall (Die Wand) @ the SFF – April 7th, 2013 – In the Austrian Alps, a woman discovers that she’s trapped behind an invisible wall, and she might be the last person on the earth.
Nothing Without You – Day 2 @ the SFF – April 6th, 2013 – A psychological suspense thriller from Xackery Irving.
Blackfish @ The 2013 Sarasota Film Festival – Opening Night – April 6th, 2013 – The 15th annual SFF opens.
Roger Ebert is Now a Celestial Film Critic – April 4th, 2013 – A soft look at a major influence in the world of film.
Smash & Nashville: Pick Your Poison – March 29th, 2013 – The deep slide toward oblivion continues.
Top of the Lake – Episode 3 – The Discussion Continues – March 27th, 2013 – A look at Episode three by two viewers.
Top of The Lake – A Discussion about the TV Series on the Sundance Channel – March 20th, 2013 – Read our opinions of the show, then offer yours.
Smash: Sn 02 Ep 07 – Musical Chairs – March 20th, 2013 – So right after NBC announces that Smash is being off-loaded to Saturday night – aka Scheduling Wasteland – they toss a decent show our way. Realistically, surprises numbered as high as two and not surprises were a bit more frequent. I didn’t see Jessie L. Martin’s Scott Nichols and Julia having a history, or rather I should say, I didn’t see it coming – although a simple head count of eligible partners for Julia would have made it obvious.
The Bullet Vanishes – March 18th, 2013 – China. 1930’s. A smart detective, Inspector Song Donglu, and a fast draw local cop Captain Guo, investigate a series of killings. The victims were shot but the bullets cannot be found. A nice thriller with plenty of style, atmosphere, and high production values. Lau Ching-wan and Nicholas Tse are the stars. This film has been nominated for the 2013 Hong Kong Film AWards, the equivalent of our Oscars, in almost every category.
London Paris New York – March 16th, 2013 – Three cities, one day and one night in each place, one boy and one girl. How will it turn out? That’s a rhetorical question as these kinds of films usually end as expected. But stopping in three cities, in three countries does make it intriguing. A romantic comedy from India’s debutante film director Anu Menon.
Delicacy – March 13th, 2013 – A French romantic comedy actually a dramedy – starring Audrey Tautou as a young widow who becomes involved with a plain guy who works for her. What he lacks in style, he more than makes for in sensitivity, and delicacy.
The Day I Saw Your Heart – March 12th, 2013 – From France and sophomore director Jennifer Devoldere. It is a comedy, a drama, and a poignant yet funny look at parent child relationships. How long can one stay angry, and when is it time to make up? Starring Mélanie Laurent and Michel Blanc.
Mid-August Lunch – March 11th, 2013 – A film written and directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. Set in Rome, a middle aged man, strapped for cash, agrees to put up the mothers of some guys he knows for a long holiday weekend. From Italy.
Talaash – March 10th, 2013 – A neo-noir thriller set in Mumbai. Starring three of Bollywood’s biggest name actors, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Rani Mukerji. A young movie star’s car crashes into the sea killing him. Was it an accident or a crime? Khan as Inspector Shekhawat starts to sift through the facts of the case. Kareena Kapoor plays a prostitute who wants to help, and both Mukerji and Khan struggle as a married couple who’ve lost a young son in an accident. Shekhawat has become a workaholic and we go through Mumbai’s seedy underbelly with him as he seeks answers. Directed by Reema Kagti.
A Simple Life – March 8th, 2013 – From Hong Kong. Directed by Ann Hui and starring Andy Lau and Deannie Yip, this film was Hong Kong’s official entry for the 2012 Oscars. It is a heartwarming drama that avoids sentimentality, yet you will find it absolutely endearing.
Smash: Sn02 Episode 05 – The Read Through – Recap – March 6th, 2013
We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam) – February 28th, 2013 – Modern times. A Pope dies. The College of Cardinals have a conclave. A New Pope is elected – only – he doesn’t want the job.
Dinner (2013) – February 19th, 2013 – A currently airing TV dramatic series set in an Italian ristorante, in Japan, Beautifully shot with exquisite lighting, editing, and music. Attractive actors and actresses, and stories stemming from a recipe to appeal to your tastes. Bravo.
Motorway – February 16th, 2013 – An action thriller from Hong Kong. Shawn Yue and Anthony Wong in unmarked police cars provide a real thrill ride. Directed by Soi Cheang, and produced by the prolific Johnnie To – Motorway has been nominated on February 6th, for Best Director and Best Film in the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan – February 15th, 2013 – From India – the latest and the last film directed by Yash Chopra. Starring Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma. A romance, with a touch of The Hurt Locker, set in London and India.
Nashville Sn 01 – Ep 13 – February 14, 2013 – The recap.
Nashville Sn 01 – Ep 12 – February 14th, 2013 – The recap.
House of Cards – February 11th, 2013 – a look at lead character Francis Underwood, a TV character you’ll hate, almost on sight, but you’ll be unable to NOT watch.
Side Effects – February 9th, 2013 – A psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z. Burns.
Smash: Sn 02 – Ep 02 – February 7th, 2013 – A full recap.
Smash: Sn 02 – Ep 01 – February 6th, 2013 – A full recap.
Stand Up Guys – February 1st, 2013 – Al Pacino and Christopher Walken along with Alan Arkin – as now older guys out for a last bit of action.
The Following Chapter 2 – January 30th, 2013 – Comments and opinions about a TV Series
Parker – January 25th, 2013 – latest action flick from Jason Statham.
Nashville Sn 01 – Ep 11 – January 24th, 2013 – Full recap.
The Following – January 22nd, 2013 – Series premier – comments and opinions.
Rust and Bone – January 19th, 2013 – Marion Cotillard in a French film set in the south of France. Quite powerful and a must see.
Broken City – January 18th, 2013 – The underbelly of Manhattan with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe.
Nashville Sn 01 Ep 10 – January 18th, 2013 – A full recap.
Talking About Zero Dark Thirty – January 14th, 2013 – a spirited discussion about the Bigelow/ Boal film about the taking down of Bin Laden.
Nashville Sn 01 Ep 09 – January 11th, 2013 – a full recap.
Django Unchained – January 9th, 2013 – Quentin Tarantino’s epic western – sorry make that Southern – with Christoph Walz and Jamie Foxx with an assist from Leonardo Di Caprio.
Kekkon Shinai – January 01, 2013 – A Japanese TV Series about the virtues of NOT getting married –