Category Archives: Films

Film Review: Room

Room is an incredibly powerful film, both on its own terms as a harrowing story of a mother and her 5-year-old son trapped inside a single room for the boy’s entire life, and for its metaphoric weight (which I admit … Continue reading

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Film review: BRIDGE OF SPIES

From Facebook, 3jan16: Today’s movie: “Bridge of Spies”, seen belatedly, nearly 3 months after it was released. (We saw it at the last theater still showing it anywhere in the Bay Area, an independent in Berkeley — another nice, old-fashioned … Continue reading

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Film review: THE BIG SHORT

From Facebook, 2jan16: Today’s movie: “The Big Short”, about as riveting and even emotional as you could possibly imagine a film about the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 could possibly be. It stars Steve Carell, Christian Bale (as an … Continue reading

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Review of “The Danish Girl”

from Facebook, today: Today’s movie: “The Danish Girl”, which both Yeong and I liked better than I’d expected given the lukewarm reviews. (Glancing at those negative reviews, their theme seems to be that the movie is too polished, too flat … Continue reading

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Review of “Carol”

From Facebook, 30 Dec 15: Seeing “Carol” at a classic movie theater on Piedmont Avenue– We saw a film today at a classic old movie theater, the kind on a street corner along a street lined with shops and cafes, … Continue reading

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Bodega Bay and The Birds

Today we took a mid-Memorial weekend day drive, from Oakland. We’d planned a drive up to the Russian River area, thinking to drive up the coast with a stop in Bodega Bay for lunch. We left at 11am; it took … Continue reading

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Boyhood

I need to say something about the film Boyhood, before it does, or more likely does not (given the current prognosticators), win the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday. I didn’t see it in the theater, but watched the DVD … Continue reading

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Hero (Boyhood)

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Elves

Mason: Dad, there’s no real magic in the world, right? Dad: What do you mean? Mason: You know, like elves and stuff. People just made that up. Dad: Oh, I don’t know. I mean, what makes you think that elves … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

(copied from Facebook post, 22 Dec 2014) We caught up with THE IMITATION GAME yesterday, the film about Alan Turing, staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Turing was the British mathematician who famously cracked the Nazi “Enigma” code during World … Continue reading

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