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Running a PreSchool in a Nursing Home

  PRE-SCHOOL + NURSING HOME? There’s a very special place in Seattle, Washington that is changing the way nursing homes and preschools operate by bringing the two together.  In other words, the nursing home and the pre-school share space… and much more. Studies have shown that 43% of older adults experience social isolation, which is closely correlated with loneliness and depression as well as mental and physical decline.  And many elderly become lonely when they move into nursing homes....

Rams Movie Review

In Iceland, we are told by writer/director Grímur Hákonarson, there are more sheep than people, which is a testament to the importance of sheep in Iceland. They are animals as revered as the cattle in India. Two estranged brothers, Gummi and Kiddi, sheep farmers who have inherited their family sheep ranch, have split the property and live in separate houses next to each other but they haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years. Every year there’s a fierce...

Mustang Film Review

  A POWERFUL, IMPERATIVE FILM: Young, wild and free-spirited teen girls just want to enjoy life playing on the beach, going out with boys, cheering at soccer games and dancing to music.  It all seems so natural and innocent, unless you happen to live in a small town in Turkey dominated by religious and cultural oppression, where girls are seen only through a veil of sexuality and as domestic slaves to a male-dominated society. Mustang is a powerful and...

Brooklyn Film Review

With today’s headlines filled with stories of mass migrations of people from Syria pouring into Europe, leaving their homelands to flee hardship and find a better life, we would do well to remember the story of our own ancestors who once faced similar journeys and prospects when they came to America by the boatful from their ancestral lands in Europe. Based on the award winning historical novel by Irish author Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn is director John Crowley’s beautifully told, if...

The Martian Film Review

From visionary director Ridley Scott—Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), and Prometheus (2012)—comes the latest in the astronaut-in-jeopardy genre that has lately been gaining velocity, The Martian. Realistic space exploration films featuring isolated astronauts in life-threatening situations have been around for years but were always considered to be cerebral speculative procedurals, of interest only to the hard-core Sci-fi fans.  But with the success of films like Apollo 13 (1995), Gravity (2013), and Interstellar (2014) with their visually innovative...

The Second Mother Film Review

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) You will fall in love with The Second Mother, a charming honest and hilarious Brazilian drama. Regina Casé – from the award winning film Me You Them (2000), is a hoot as a gruff lovable nanny working for a wealthy middle upper class family. When her estranged teenaged daughter comes to stay with her at the home of her employer where she works to search for an apartment in the city of...

Suite Francaise

FROM HISTORY TO FILM Irène Némirovsky, a promising new talent in the Paris literary world of 1920s and 30s, whose career was just starting to take off with early acclaimed novellas like David Golder and Snow in Autumn when her life took a tragic turn straight into the horror of Nazi Germany’s invasion and occupation of France. Desperate with pen in hand, she records everything she sees and hears with the urgency of someone who knows her time may...

In the Mood For Love Film Review

NOT YOUR AVERAGE LOVE STORY This is romance Hong Kong style.  During a hot humid summer in 1962, the bustling Shanghainese community provides a sensuous grungy backdrop to one of the most unusual love stories ever told by one of cinemas most interesting directors. Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000), a melancholic, nostalgic movie that is more about mood than love, follows the tentative encounters between two well dressed, married office workers living in shabby surroundings. The...

Marriage Italian Style

TO NAPLES WITH LOVE Virtuoso director and actor Vittorio De Sica, who crafted such all-time Italian neorealist classics as Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Umberto D. (1952), using keenly observed melodramatic Italian behavior and characters, pulls us into a hilarious darkly comic story in 1960s Naples, Italy. When Filumena (Sophia Loren) collapses on the Neapolitan bakery floor where she works and is rushed off through the streets of Naples by a distraught close-knit community of supporters, they call for the...

While We’re Young and Clouds of Sils Maria Reviews

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA & WHILE WE’RE YOUNG— As we Baby Boomers grow older, so do the filmmakers and actors from our generation, who are becoming pre-occupied with making films that reflect on the state of our lives as we grapple with our changing bodies and the world around us. Two films of note that deal with our need to stay in touch with our ever-changing society while also dealing with the ever-pressing sense of our legacy and the...