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5
May
down-with-love

Down with Love

At 6.2 rating in IMDB, the 2003 film “Down with Love” doesn’t have high enough rating. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s funny, witty and to great extent, and contrary to some of the more staunch criticisms I’ve seen, it is good old fun. Read moreRead more

29
Mar
Michael Ende

MOMO or The Men in Gray

MOMO, also called The Men in Gray, is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1973. At first, one might be tempted to think that this is a children’s book. And to be fair, it is quite appropriate reading for children; say from 12 years on up… Read moreRead more

2
Jul
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Let’s get the numbers out of the way. This February 2012 British film had a budget of 10 million US and a gross Box Office of 121 million. Not bad, not bad at all. So why is this? Well I guess a lot of people liked it, and frankly I am one of them, Ha-ha-ha! Read moreRead more

26
Jun
Billie-Holiday

Autumn in New York

Billie Holiday or Lady Day, as her musical partner the great Lester Young used to call her, was one the most important female jazz vocalist of all time. As with many glorious people she… Read moreRead more

21
Mar
Filven

Caracas iBook Fair —2012

This past Sunday March 18th, I took the subway around 11:00AM and headed down to Filven’s last day, which stands for Feria Internacional del Libro de Venezuela. This is Venezuela’s largest international book fair and it… Read moreRead more

11
Mar
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The Maltese Falcon

John Huston’s 1941 film, The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Gladys George and Sydney Greenstreet is a masterpiece of Film Noir genre; a true classic. I recently reviewed… Read moreRead more

10
Mar
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An Ideal Husband

Usually, I do a book or a movie review on something that I read or watched recently. Today, I will do both of them at the same time. An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy play by one of my favorite authors, Oscar Wilde. The movie is a… Read moreRead more

6
Mar
Chronicle-2012

Chronicle (2012)

Chronicle is a science fiction film by young director Josh Tank, which was released on February of this year. Considering its “relative” low budget of $15 million, it has already grossed almost $100 million at the box office, so far. Read moreRead more

21
Feb
Albert-Camus

L’Étranger —An indictment

Albert Camus, a French literature Nobel Prize winner, wrote L’Étranger (1943) or as it was called in English, “The Outsider.” It is a small, no-nonsense and certainly a compelling novel. I had read another work by Camus but I wasn’t sure which one. So I picked up this book, opened it and … Read moreRead more

20
Feb
Miguel-Zenon

Alma Adentro

Last week, I was putting a music video DVD together for a friend of mine. Therefore, I checked which artists had won awards at the 2012 Grammy’s. Since I love jazz, I looked into that category and found an intriguing album by a performer which I had never heard of called Miguel Zenón, a saxophonist. Hmmm… Read moreRead more

17
Feb
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The Big Sleep —The Movie

I was somewhat tired when I decided to watch Howard Hawk’s 1946 classic Film noir, The Big Sleep; starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. But after having finished reading Raymond Chandler’s murder-mystery whodunit novel just a few days ago and … Read moreRead more

12
Feb
Raymond-Chandler

The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel The Big Sleep will hit you like a ton of bricks. It is a masterful whodunit thriller which doesn’t mince words, a.k.a. it’s crude and forceful, like meat and potatoes. It has quite a unique literary style which … Read moreRead more