Archive for August, 2014

Review: Song of the New Earth

— by BEV QUESTAD — Tom Kenyon is a sound healer who does not expect anyone to believe his story. He has even investigated the possibility that his visions, voices and experiences might be signs of mental illness. But what is universally agreed upon is that Tom Kenyon is extraordinary and[...]

Review: Casualties of the State

“Treason is inciting war and profiting from it at the expense of American lives.” – statement from “Casualties of the State.” — by BEV QUESTAD — Back in the ‘70s, US protesters claimed patriot status. Brought up by World War II dads who survived unspeakable ha[...]

Review: Half-Brother

— by BEV QUESTAD — Invited to a dinner party, Sarah and Michael just don’t seem to be on the same page. Sarah is an attractive, self-confident New York City gal. Within hours Michael is going to lose her, his job and apartment. With nowhere else to go, he ironically returns to his fami[...]

Review: I Believe in Unicorns

— by BEV QUESTAD — “I Believe in Unicorns” is a lovely coming-of-age story. It’s based on that transition from what we hope and think might be possible, that fairytale mindset, to reality. We expect that overcoming challenges will result in reaching our goal. But writer/dir[...]

Review: Second Opinion

— by BEV QUESTAD — We’ve heard it before, the search for cancer has grown to such proportions that finding a cure would actually be counter-positive for an entire industry earning millions from the research. That Ralph Moss should innocently uncover in the 1970’s an example of this p[...]

Review: A Play of Bullets: Ram-Leela

— by BEV QUESTAD — Having read the original Shakespearean version of “Romeo and Juliet” more than 100 times with my high school English students, who would think that a campy Indian rendition would break me down to tears? “A Play of Bullets: Ram-Leela” is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’[...]

Review: In Between Songs

— by BEV QUESTAD — “We are all just visitors here to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to grow, to love – and then we go home.” ~ Aboriginal Proverb Challenged by industrialization, environmental toxicity, drugs, alcohol and social [...]

Review: Kooky (aka Kuky se vrací)

— by BEV QUESTAD — “We’ve all lost something. A person, a thing which meant the world to us, perhaps a place that no longer exists, or a time that’s passed — but what if we could have it back?” These are the words that begin this adorable little film about a[...]

Review: One Mile Above (aka Kora)

— by BEV QUESTAD — Who in the world would want to bike 1,200 miles up into the world’s highest elevations where icy roads give no mercy to little bikes with no snow tires? The scariest moments are the free-fall downhill coasts when there is so little control. A rock, an ice slick, anot[...]

Review: Fifi Howls from Happiness

— by BEV QUESTAD — Born in 1931 in Iran, Bahman Mohassess studied in and later permanently relocated to Rome. He says, “In this slim, vast uterus known as Rome I began to work and to live. A city whose population squirms in an eternal coitus, whose alleys are stained with the sperm of [...]

Review: Honeymoon (aka Líbánky)

— by BEV QUESTAD — This beautiful Czech film begins with gentle, romantic music, a wedding and a short car caravan through a pastoral Czechoslovakian countryside to a small reception at the family farm. A beautiful bride is in the arms of a self-confident, dashing, amorous groom. The onl[...]