Winding Up and Shutting Down

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The film festival ended last Sunday, and after a few days of rest, I’m ready to wrap-up the experience. I began winding down (preferable to going cold turkey) on Saturday, scheduling only two films on each of the last two days. They were all good! Good Ol’ Freda was one classy lady. An early Beatles […]

CIFF 37: Triple “A” Day

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Bone-chilling is what came to mind as I watched The Last White Knight. Racism is alive and well, but it is still stunning to see three KKK members dressed in full regalia—giving their names, but not showing their faces—talking about the Invisible Empire of police officers, local officials and others who continue to believe that […]

CIFF 37: The Lebanese Connection

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Lord Edward Montagu inherited his lordship at age 2½, when his father died and left him with the responsibility of a 10,000-acre estate. One of England’s great homes, the property was virtually insolvent following WWII. Montagu, then 25, opened his home to the public, personally guiding the tours of his ancestral home. Disaster struck when […]

CIFF 37: Two “B” Days

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The Kings of Summer, filmed in various Northeast Ohio locales, is a light comedy typical of opening night selections. Its main characters are appealing and funny, each in his own way. The plot also has its moments—both funny and touching. Altogether, though, I spent more time trying to identify the shooting locales than engaging with […]

The Year of the Anna Kareninas

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On the last day of 2012, I finished reading Anna Karenina, which some say is Tolstoy’s greatest work. Hmmm, maybe . . . It was a terrifically good read! The inspiration for reading the novel was the newest and most audacious movie adaptation of the book. Watching the promotional trailer over and over again at […]