Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind – USA – 2003 – Documentary. “One of the great talents of her or anyone else’s generation gets the royal treatment with this superb two-hour (with bonus material) documentary. It’s all here (via interviews, including conversations past and present with Mitchell herself, photos, generous helpings of concert… Continue reading Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind
Touch the Sound – Germany – 2004 – Documentary. “Educates in exhilarating ways, ways that are immediately applicable to how one lives one’s life.”-Newsday. “Evelyn Glennie is one of the world’s most celebrated percussionists, and has produced acclaimed work in the classical, pop, and avant-garde fields. Glennie’s collaborators include Icelandic avant-pop darling Björk, bluegrass-turned-jazz virtuoso… Continue reading Touch the Sound
Love – Hungary – 1971 – Drama. This tender black-and-white Hungarian drama is a “masterpiece”-Roger Ebert about the relationship between two women, “capturing the ambivalences of affection and exasperation, rivalry and devotion.”-Time. One is an aged aristocrat nearing 100 for whom the past is more vivid than the present “an entire woman; tender, domineering, frightened”-New… Continue reading Love (Szerelem)
Blue Crush – USA – 2002 – Drama. This is a rather predictable teenage chick flick redeemed by 1. Some spectacular surf segments. 2. Pretty realistic behind-the-scenes story of what it takes to become a pro surfer. 3. An honest portrait of the “real” Hawaii. Life for the not-privileged young.
Princess Ka’iulani – Hawaii – 2010 – Drama. The true tale of the last of the Hawaiian royal family – raised to rule a country, but destined for obscurity. The film shines a light on a little-known bit of world history – the overthrow of a legitimate constitutional monarchy (Hawaii), recognized by the world community,… Continue reading Princess Ka’iulani
The Sapphires – Australia – 2013 – Musical comedy. You wouldn’t think a true-story-based film about a group of girls singing for the troops in the Vietnam War could be fun, but this one is! Watch how an Irish blues-lover transforms a bunch of outback aboriginal Country & Western-singing sisters into a sizzling soul act.… Continue reading The Sapphires
Two Daughters – India – 1961 – Drama. Satajit Ray, director. Two short films – one Masterpiece! The first story is about Nanda, a young man who leaves Calcutta to work as a postmaster in an isolated, malaria-infested village. The postmaster is looked after by a young orphan girl, Ratan. His only solace in the… Continue reading Two Daughters