Shall We Dance? – Japan – 1996 – Comedy/Drama. “Good-natured, lighthearted, and a look inside Japanese society to boot.”-Movie Habit. A smash hit in Japan, it tells the warm, frequently funny story of a middle-aged workaholic whose incredibly dull life takes a funny turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class – just… Continue reading Shall We Dance?
Still Bill – USA – 2010 – Documentary. “A captivating, insightful, revealing and surprisingly moving documentary.”-NYC Movie Guru. “There exists a rather tired bit of popular slang: “keeping it real”. Well I’m here to tell you that through this documentary you get to see a genuine person – no b.s., no window dressing –… Continue reading Still Bill
Gadjo Dilo – Roma/France/Romania – 1997 – Drama. Director Tony Gatlif. One of the best films about Roma (Gypsy) life in Eastern Europe today. “Gatlif, of Algerian Roma heritage, is one of those rare, instinctive artists who seems wholly motivated by the desire to envelope viewers in his sense of intoxication with the world’s beauty… Continue reading Gadjo Dilo
Kolya – Czech – 1997 – Comedy. Winner of both the Oscar & Golden Globe for best foreign film. The plot; womanizer-gets-transformed-when-stuck-with-child is becoming a tired cliche, but this film is by far the best of the lot. It is enhanced by its setting – Prague at the end of the Communist era, and by… Continue reading Kolya
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
Topsy-Turvey – Britain – 1999 – Drama. “A consistently delightful, superbly timed, and impeccably staged wedge of British pop history.”-Mr Showbiz. “One of the year’s best films.”-Chicago Sun-Times. Tensions abound and the music swells in the story about the musical team of Gilbert & Sullivan. The two men who were extremely different in size and… Continue reading Topsy-Turvey
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