October 21, 2010 |
Zenlike in its mix of the serene and the wise, the whimsical and the jarringly odd, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is a beautiful, slow-moving meditation on life, death, and relationships that transcend time and space. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Thai director whose experimental fusions of fiction and documentary have won a passionate following in international cinema circles, opens Uncle Boonmee with a dreamlike excursion into the woods, where a water buffalo lopes in the dark.
June 25, 2010 |
When we first meet Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally), the hapless hero of James Ivory's literate and luminescent - if sometimes lumbering - romantic drama The City of Your Final Destination , he's stuck in a patch of quicksand near his house. Thus begins a movie that feels as if it should have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed, uneven work but deserves careful viewing. The image of quicksand, of course, is a not-too-subtle existential metaphor: Omar, an Iranian American Ph.D.
May 28, 2010 |
It is no minor accomplishment that the Wilma Theater secured the U.S. premiere of Leaving, the first new play in 20 years by former Czech dissident, playwright, poet, and president V?clav Havel. It also, however, fits naturally with director Jiri Zizka's absurdist leanings, his own ties to the Velvet Revolution (subscriber's bonus: last season's Rock and Roll, by Czech-born Tom Stoppard, is almost a primer for this work), and the Wilma's reputation as a home for new plays of international importance.
December 18, 2009 |
'Meditations on Collage," a group show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, provides a fluid framework for six regional artists who arrived at their present approach to cut-and-paste. What all have in common is that they interpret the world around them, often abstractly. Tom Judd, the elder statesman, creates the dominant impression in this show, capturing the intimate communion with nature and close affinity with trees, plants, and birds. There's some indication Judd takes refuge in the art world, if not in the academy.
October 28, 2009
FOR EACH TOPIC this postseason, Charlie Manuel has a story, an anecdote, an allegory. So it was the other day when Ryan Howard's pre-at-bat meditation came up. Nothing unusual, Charlie insisted. See it all the time. "Willie Davis, he used to hum," the Phillies' manager was saying, and wel-l-l, away we went again. You spend 47 years of your life inside of professional baseball, traveling from Wisconsin to Tokyo, something always reminds you of something else. Willie Davis played for the Dodgers in the 1960s and 1970s.
July 2, 2009 |
To have any shot at enjoying the sci-fi mystery "Moon" you have to stop reading about it. There probably isn't one review in 50 that will refrain from spilling the movie's beans, since there is almost no way to examine the movie without doing so. So let us carefully say that "Moon" is a decent example of the kind of space-exploration movie we've seen since the original "Alien. " This type of movie (think "Outland") departs from the classic "Space Odyssey" view of space (antiseptic, mystical)
April 6, 2009 |
OM TOGETHER, right now, over me. An all-star concert on meditation brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for their first performance together since the Concert for George seven years ago. The reunion of McCartney and Starr was the highlight of the "Change Begins Within" benefit concert on Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which aims to teach at-risk youth meditation techniques. Saturday's concert, which also featured Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Donovan and others, ran for about four hours.
March 5, 2009 |
"Sometimes the only way out," says Jenny Phillips, "is in. " That's the jailhouse mantra at the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Bessemer, Ala. The barbed-wire-wreathed bunker resembles the cheerless pen in The Shawshank Redemption except that at Donaldson, murderers serving life terms don't break out. At least not physically. Mentally though, through a Vipassana meditation program introduced by Phillips in 2002, some Donaldson inmates are breaking the cycles of anger and revenge that got them there in the first place.
February 16, 2009 |
It could have been a rock concert for the laid-back set. On stage at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theater Feb. 6, Jon Kabat-Zinn played to a rapturous sellout crowd, there to absorb, even be transformed by, his prescription of hope for a troubled world. Kabat-Zinn, 64, is the country's meditator-in-chief, the molecular biologist who introduced mindful meditation to traditional medicine back in 1979 and who, through the next three decades, ushered it into the medical mainstream.
January 23, 2009 |
Wearing a blue hoodie, pants cut off at the knee and tan sneakers, Wendy Carroll is on the run from her own sad life. In her 20s and alone, she pulls into a drizzly Oregon town, has car problems, gets into trouble with the law, and then loses her dog, Lucy. That's about the sum of what happens in Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy , except to say that somehow, thanks to an extraordinary performance from Michelle Williams and an exceptionally deft hand from her director, this low-budget and loping little film is a genuine heartbreaker.