“Precious“ * The Famous African Lady Detective

| March 31, 2016

“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 also part of the great cast. As in the books, our bush tea drinking, lady […]

Shrove Tuesday Means “Black Orpheus” To Me!

| February 15, 2015

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 any Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Carnival (February 17th this year) without having this terrific movie samba- ing across my mind. “Black Orpheus”, […]

Motown’s “Funk Brothers” on DVD

| September 15, 2014

“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. (I still know all the words.) I watched the DVD, “Standing in the Shadows of […]

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

| July 28, 2014

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 – whittling from thousands, down to the very few special people who were chosen for the […]

Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” on DVD

| October 6, 2013

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 U.S. I was introduced, in the late 60’s, to this beautiful black and white film about […]

DVD: Mr. Belafonte!

| July 28, 2013

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 85, he is still attractive of course, but Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song, a fascinating documentary out on DVD, fills in and rounds out the well lived life of the […]

DVD Corner: “A Prophet”

| April 25, 2011

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 refusing to cooperate with police. A product of juvenile detention facilities, incarceration in an adult […]

DVD Corner: About That Girl and Her Tattoo…

| March 12, 2011

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 then read the books – yes, plural. I was so hooked on the main characters […]

DVD: Director Roberto Rossellini

| August 4, 2010

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 by French directors François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, their articles appeared in the film magazine […]

I Watched “The Departed” Again

| July 15, 2010

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 DVD to have a seamless experience and no bleeps – If you like Scorsese, you’ve […]