Category Archives: DVDs

DVD: Mr. Belafonte!

Everyone knows who Harry is – just listening to a few chords of “Day-O” or “Ma-tilda” brings his handsome face to the mind’s eye. At 90, he is still attractive of course, but Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song, a fascinating … Continue reading

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DVD: “Precious“ * The Famous African Lady Detective

“Precious Ramotswe“ is Botswana‘s only female private investigator – the main character of the HBO series, now on DVD. “Precious” is played by Grammy winner Jill Scott. Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose and Idris Elba from “The Wire” are … Continue reading

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Motown’s “Funk Brothers” on DVD

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day…” The opening bass line that precedes the above lyric to the “Temptations” song “My Girl”, is instantly recognizable, instantly evoking a time/ place/age gone but still very much alive when the music plays. … Continue reading

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Shrove Tuesday Means “Black Orpheus” To Me!

I post this every year – because I can and also because I get a chance to tout a favorite movie from back in the day: “Black Orpheus” I cannot think of Mardi Gras, Carnival or Shrove Tuesday (February 28th … Continue reading

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“Every Little Step” – What They Do For Love!

If you like the theater and/or you dance, sing, act – you know about the audition process and how nerve wracking it can be. “Every Little Step” is a very entertaining documentary about that very same weeding out process – … Continue reading

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Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” on DVD

Famed director Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal”, (1957) with the amazing Max von Sydow and the rest of his stable of actors (Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, and Bibi Andersson) gained a cult following when first seen in the … Continue reading

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DVD Corner: “A Prophet”

French film, A Prophet (Un Prophète, 2009) directed by Jacques Audiard struck me as a cautionary tale for wayward youth. It details the experiences of 19 year old Malik (Tahar Rahim) as he serves his 8 year prison sentence for … Continue reading

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DVD Corner: About That Girl and Her Tattoo…

I kept noticing this “Tattoo” book on the local paperback best seller list for the past year or so and  I got curiouser and curiouser. So, I cheated and watched “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” on DVD first and … Continue reading

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DVD: Director Roberto Rossellini

Italian Neorealist director Roberto Rossellini, (1906-1977), made a series of films just after World War II labeled the “War Trilogy”. They have been issued in a DVD box set : “Rome Open City, (1945)” “Paisan” (1946) and “Germany Year Zero” (1948) Acclaimed … Continue reading

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I Watched “The Departed” Again

This 2006 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, was just on network TV last night and I couldn’t help myself, I watched it again. Even with all the commercials and bleeps, it is a fabulous movie. (If you can, find the … Continue reading

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