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  • A delightful Sondheim journey 'Into the Woods'
    A delightful Sondheim journey 'Into the Woods'
    If you aren't familiar with Stephen Sondheim, then be forewarned. His "Into the Woods" does concern Cinderella and Rapunzel and they do find their princes, but happily-ever-after comes halfway through and by the second half, the...
  • 'Unbroken' commentary (Part 5): Reality and racism
    'Unbroken' commentary (Part 5): Reality and racism
    Racism and RealityWhile Japan is supposedly raging and in deep denial as the headlines scream, what do the Japanese, the majority of the Japanese really think about World War II?In a 2006 Asahi Shimbun poll of 3,000 people with 1,730 valid answers...
  • 'Unbroken' commentary (Part 4): What people are writing
    'Unbroken' commentary (Part 4): What people are writing
    Petition Comments: What People Are Actually WritingTo say that Japan as a nation is outraged or suffering tremors of protests is likely hyperbole. The petition and its signers mostly take issue with the charge of cannibalism by Japanese soldiers...
  • "Unbroken" is the basis for the movie by the same name.
    'Unbroken' commentary (Part 3): The topic is cannibalism
    Keeping on Topic: CannibalismThe anonymous person who started the Change.org has not been interviewed. At the time the petition was posted, the person had not seen the movie and likely has not read the book (which has not been translated into...
  • 'Unbroken' commentary (Part 2): Measuring outrage and the business of movies
    'Unbroken' commentary (Part 2): Measuring outrage and the business of movies
    Degree of ProtestIn Part 1, I discussed the first part of this series, "Rumor and Hyperbole," Angelina Jolie's movie "Unbroken" has sparked a Change.org petition against it. As a result, various articles in English discuss...
  • 'Unbroken' commentary (Part 1): Rumor and hyperbole
    'Unbroken' commentary (Part 1): Rumor and hyperbole
    There are two petitions on Change.org that support the banning of Angelina Jolie’s new movie, “Unbroken.” The movie is based upon Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 biography, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival,...
  • 'Selma' tells how MLK and friends showed black lives and votes mattered in 1965
    'Selma' tells how MLK and friends showed black lives and votes mattered in 1965
    There's a moment that establishes the savagery of the era in "Selma." If your heart isn't shattered, you may need an emotional cardiologist. This is a movie that every American should see.The world had already recognized Martin...
  • 'The Imitation Game' tells you how to imitate genius
    'The Imitation Game' tells you how to imitate genius
    If you want to give your parents hope that you're a misunderstood genius, begin separating your peas from your carrots. Instead of minding your p's and q's, this might get you a pass into polite society of people hoping to be able to...
  • #WhyIStayed illustrated in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'
    #WhyIStayed illustrated in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'
    When I was a child, growing up in San Diego, I took an art class in Balboa Park. One of the boys in the class quite confidently declared that I could not be an artist because I was a girl. That was an attitude that Margaret D. H. Keane faced. Born...
  • 2014 Films
    Top 5 Films For The Holiday Time
    Christmas is considered the greatest time of the year for most families. A time to carry out traditions or create new ones.In Los Angeles, catching a movie is one of the best ways to relax with the family after the holiday adrenaline rush. Unlike...
  • 'Unbroken' breaks into our current dilemma of war and torture
    'Unbroken' breaks into our current dilemma of war and torture
    When Angelina Jolie began work on her second film, "Unbroken," she couldn't have known that torture would become a hot topic in America after the CIA released a report about torture. "Unbroken" is a movie about a Los...
  • The Interview billboard poster
    An Interview with THE INTERVIEW
    With all the controversy surrounding the movie The Interview, this visual arts critic would be remiss were he not to make the effort to bring light to a subject which the public has been in the dark about since Sony Hack Crisis began. Whether the...
  • Craze Modeling Talent Agency
    Why being represented by a Modeling or Talent Agency is needed!
    When an Advertising Agency, Photographer, Graphic Design, Casting Director or Corporation needs a model, the easiest thing for them to do is to pick up the phone and call a Modeling or Talent Agency. The client knows that they will be getting real...
  • Selma
    Meet some of the Civil Rights leaders featured in Ava DuVernay's 'Selma'
    DirectorAva DuVernay's "Selma," hits theaters in limited release on Christmas day and on Dec. 23, we are sharing our interviews with the supporting cast of the film who brought crucial figures in the Civil Rights Movementto life....
  • Actress Amy Adams yanked from 'Today' for not discussing Sony hack attack
    Actress Amy Adams yanked from 'Today' for not discussing Sony hack attack
    Known best to most of us for her portrayal of Lois Lane, Superman’s main squeeze in the 2013 theatrical release of “Man of Steel,” actress Amy Adams, 40, was all set to discuss her upcoming role in her new movie “Big Eyes,...