This biopic is less idealistic than Rocky, which is also based on the life of Chuck Wepner.   Chuck (Liev Schreiber) is living on the edge between being a fighter and an enforcer.  I thought the relationships with both of his wives (Elizabeth Moss and Naomi Watson) were engaging.  Unfortunately, after his fighting successes, his involvement […]

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Dallas International Film Festival 2018

The 12th Annual Dallas International Film Festival runs Thursday, May 3rd thru Thursday, May 10th.  Primarily, the screenings will be at the Magnolia Theater in West Village but check the schedule because there are other venues being used.  We have already seen a few of the  movies: Woman Walks Ahead, The Guilty, Puzzle and Hearts […]

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Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF)

Official Website:  AFI Dallas 2007 was conceived by Liener Temerlin and Michael Cain. In 2010, it evolved into the Dallas International Film Festival.  It is an annual spring event that takes place in Dallas, Texas.  The new executive director, Johnathan Brownlee and long standing artistic director, James Faust are bringing a DIFFerent perspective to this […]

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Official Website:  Over the past 32 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and panels, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire people through the power of film. We celebrate the art of cinema and […]

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Tomatoes Stuffed with Mushrooms

Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics encouraging conservation.  This means that Will and Tom foraged for or grew much of their food, though they did go to town every couple of months.  I enjoyed watching them at the grocery store debating want over need.   My mother invented this recipe when our tomato […]

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Leave No Trace

This movie gives a glimpse into marginalized veterans suffering from PTSD.  It appears that Will (Ben Foster) maintains control by living completely off the grid with his daughter, Tom (Thomasin McKenzie).  The intricacies of day to day life in the woods require all his concentration.   When they are “rescued” and brought to civilization, it appears […]

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Matzo Brei with Creamed Spinach and Crispy Onions

Esti keeps a very traditional Orthodox home in Disobedience.  This recipe is something she would make for Dovid for Passover and other holidays.   This is a Sara Moulton recipe.  She learned to make this for her husband.    

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Rachel McAdams (Esti), Rachel Weisz (Ronit) and Alessandro Nivola (Dovid) were inseparable childhood friends.  Ronit has returned to their close knit Orthodox Jewish community for the funeral of her father, the rabbi.  She seems to want to be treated as the rabbi’s daughter, but on her terms.  She is distressed by the lengths her father […]

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USA Film Festival 2018

Wednesday, April 25th thru Sunday, April 29th the 48th USA Film Festival will be at the Angelika Theater Dallas.   The movies we have seen so far are Disobedience and Leave No Trace.  Stay tuned for our reviews coming out this week.  We would recommend that you try to see Leave No Trace.  We are planning […]

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