Category: Reviews

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Reflections on “Bird in the Room” (2015, Israel, 67 min)

Every nation has its heroes. Some adore athletes, others soldiers, or actors, or rich people or politicians, or clergyman. OK, it is a generalization at least in two ways, because not everyone in a given nation will adore the same kind of people and you can have more than one...

Review: In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2016, Israel, 97 min)

Take one part of each: travelogue, anthropology, cooking show, business study, biography, add a whole lotta color and spice and you just created the movie In Search of Israeli Cuisine. You also need some cash, so you ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and then turned it into a PBS movie...

Review: Once in a Lifetime / Les héritiers (2014, France, 105 min)

If this is the first movie you saw in the genre of “rambunctious and diverse class of teenagers encounter an inspiring teacher and through a transformative experience come together and change for the better” you will really enjoy it. But if you’ve seen one or more of this type you...

Review: Women in Sink (2015)

The title of movie, Women in Sink,  is a clever pun, intended to show how similar the women are who frequent a hair salon. Let me add another water related quote from Rumi: “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” On one hand...

Review: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem (2014, Israel)

Sometimes it is hard to separate essence and style. In the case of the documentary titled “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem“ I fully agree with its message of positivity and humanity. I agree with the idea that personal connections between people of any kind is a preventive method of avoiding or reducing...

8 Biblical Movies To Watch Instead of ‘Exodus’

It isn’t as though the Lord said, “Go out and make motion pictures of my stories.” And yet, that seems to be what’s happening. Both the Old and New Testaments have provided source material for dozens upon dozens of films, some better — and some more controversial — than others....

Disjointed stream of consciousness

Review of I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked When you are grieving your usual thought processes and mental models can break down. This can result in broken up speech. This was expertly reenacted in the short film about a double loss. The speech pattern was so...

Review of A Movie with Catherine Deneuve

I don’t enjoy movies, or people for that matter, making fun of others’ pain. On the surface “A Movie with Catherine Deneuve“* is not one of films, but if you are like me you get uncomfortable watching this comedy.  For causal viewers it follows an unconventional roadtrip of two friends: men in their fifties who...

159 Thoughts We Had While Watching ‘The Red Tent’

We Watched It So You Don’t Have To When Anita Diamant’s novel “The Red Tent” hit bookstores in 1997, Jewish women couldn’t devour it fast enough.[…] Now, Lifetime’s miniseries — airing on December 7 and 8 — brings together a motley crew of actors known for their roles on shows...