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There are several great Christmas traditions that I refuse to surrender despite being a jaded, cynical atheist. I still give gifts to family and friends, I still buy a real Christmas tree and decorate it, and still I watch Bad Santa every year. If you have not seen it, do so; you won’t be sorry…. Read more »

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Every generation must outdo the one before.  Not only does everyone know this, everyone has lived it.  We all experience the developmental stage of defiance and rebellion.  The obsolete is abandoned so new ideas can arise and society is renewed.  These are the rites of passage. Consider the “rite of passage” on the topic of… Read more »

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The gay community is a collective rainbow huff over the movie “Ender’s Game” because the author of the novel on which the movie is based, Orson Scott Card, holds conservative views on gay marriage and homosexuality.  Lots of gays refuse to see the film and some have organized boycotts. I have not read the book… Read more »

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Japanese poet and filmmaker, Fukuma Kenji, visited New York City for a screening of his recent film, A Fairy Tale. The film is a blend of cinematographic and literary poetry. The movie tells the coming of age story of the heroine, Sasaki Yuki.  In the story, Yuki interacts with a number of imaginary characters. These characters:… Read more »

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One of the greatest challenges for professional dancers is basic survival.  On the stage they accomplish the impossible with ease, but their lives are often perplexed with paucity.  Few artists make such severe sacrifices.  Even at a professional level, dancers must often supplement their meager income with various jobs. In addition to this, dancers spend… Read more »

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Final Analysis, written by Otho Eskin and directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, tries too hard to be profound and by doing so exhausts itself. While interesting in its historical dimensions, it skimps on plot, and the dialogue never manages to succeed in captivating us. The play begins with a projected backdrop of Vienna on the cusp of… Read more »

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In any other person’s basement, spending hours upon hours punctuated only by pretending to be a doll salesman would be unnerving. Indeed it sounds like an Edgar Allen Poe plot, as observed in the play itself. When the celebrity in question is Barbara Streisand, however, it is a comedy—and a raucous comedy at that. Buyer… Read more »

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Bollywood, in case you are unfamiliar, is Bombay’s film juggernaut, producing thousands of Hindi movies each year. The films are terrific, because the characters spontaneously burst into song randomly, and instead of sex scenes the characters dance in a suggestive manner. It’s almost exactly like my high school experience, except that everyone speaks foreigner! Recently… Read more »