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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

From a New York Winter....

Good morning. It's yet another cold, dark winter day in upstate New York. So what do you do when you are stuck indoors most of the time? Create your own blog, for starters...:) Me, I have ended up watching a zillion movies during the course of my winter break. Three of them in particular have left an impression on me -- Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers, Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher and Vadim Perelman's House of Sand and Fog. The first two were just plain disturbing -- in totally different ways. The Dreamers is picturized in an overtly sexual manner, while The Piano Teacher was done so in a very subtle way (but was no less disturbing). I wont give away the storylines, so you gotto watch 'em...:). House of Sand and Fog is an extremely (and I emphasize on 'extremely) moving story -- about an Iranian expatriate to the United States in pursuit of a dream, who is lead to a tragic end in a cruel twist of fate. One of the viewer's comments on IMDB ["....It is a dissertation on sorrow"] sums the movie up pretty well. While I am not a fan of tragic movies, Ben Kingsley's performance is well worth a watch....
Until next time, adios.



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