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Movies: "Frances Ha"

Movies: "Frances Ha"

 

Tall, broad-shouldered and a little ungainly, Greta Gerwig plays Frances, and though she’s surrounded by friends and acquaintances throughout this movie, it’s practically a one-woman show.  (Gerwig also co-wrote the screenplay with her boyfriend, director Noah Baumbach.)

 

When we first meet her, Frances -- an understudy with a modern dance group -- is sharing a Brooklyn apartment with her best friend from Vassar, Sophie (Mickey Sumner, who happens to be Sting’s daughter) and dating a guy named Dan.  But both situations sputter out, leaving Frances with no place to stay and no boyfriend either.  Her dance prospects don’t look so hot either.

Habibi - a graphic novel

Habibi - a graphic novel

If they are this marvelous, I could get hooked on graphic novels.

Habibi is the first "serious" graphic novel I've ever read. It took Craig Thompson seven years to research it, learn to read and write Arabic, and then to develop and illustrate both the plot and all the magnificent art in this book. Habibi is a fairy tale, incorporating the fantasy of the 1,001 Nights, the mystery of The Prophet's mystical experiences. But it also follows the struggles of two children - survivors. It is a parable of the evils we are committing upon the world, causing destruction through our own selfish foolishness. It is a story of cruelty and abuse, especially sexual abuse, and also about the redemptive power of love.

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Merge Your Google+ Profile and Your YouTube Channel

Merge Your Google+ Profile and Your YouTube Channel

 

Google+ and YouTube recently announced that you can merge your business YouTube channel and your Google+ page.

Once the pages are merged:

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Movies: "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Movies: "Star Trek Into Darkness"

The new “Star Trek” reunites the young crew that producer/director J.J. Abrams put together for his 2009 sequel to the long-running TV and movie series, and he’s thrown in some heavyweight supporting actors and a ton of special effects as well.

The only thing he left out was the moral questioning of the original series, its real heart and soul.

 

Movies: "The Great Gatsby"

Movies: "The Great Gatsby"

Poor F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Kicked out of Princeton.  Saw his early literary stardom go down the drain.  Wife Zelda committed to various mental institutions.  Dead of drink at the age of 44.  And now director Baz Luhrmann has even taken away his authorship of one of the greatest American novels.

It’s true.  As the new movie take on “The Great Gatsby” ends, we see the title page of the novel of the same title, attributed to the fictional character of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire).  No wonder Dorothy Parker commented at Fitzgerald’s funeral, “The poor son of a bitch.”

 

Movies: "The Sapphires"

Movies: "The Sapphires"

Based on a true story, “The Sapphires” shows us the early career of Australia’s first all-Aborigine girl group and offers up a tasty sampling of 1960s soul music.

As the newsreel clips at the start of the movie inform us, the year is 1968.  When we first see these two sisters and their cousin performing, they’re covering a country western song at a small-town talent show near the reservation where they live.  As fate would have it, the MC is a displaced, down-on-his luck Irishman named Dave (Chris O’Dowd, of “Bridesmaids” and “Pirate Radio”), who picks up on the girls’ obvious talent and signs on as their manager.