Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 4.27.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Gearing up for the annual ArtSeed Art-a-thon - 10 hours of art-making (and volunteer duties).
It will be my 8th year there!
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2. Attending another monthly chocolate happy hour at Fog City News - see my picks for this month (here) and sharing the moment with a couple friends.

3. Artwork by Malika Favre (here) who have done recent covers for the New Yorker magazine.



Dear America:
Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
by Jose Antonio Vargas
-Memoir, Filipino | Goodreads

SOMETHING timely in regards to undocumented citizens.

Freebies: from Free Little Library

The Patrick Melrose Novels
(Patrick Melrose #1-4)
by Edward St. Aubyn
-Contemporary Fiction, England | Goodreads

CURIOUS to read this before watching the tv series with Benedict Cumberbatch.

AND watched: on DVD

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2017)
Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti (original title)
Director/Screenplay: Edouard Deluc
Screenplay: Etienne Comar, Thomas Lilti, Sarah Kaminsky
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi
-Biography, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 4

Focused on French painter Paul Gauguin's affair with a younger lady in Tahiti.

DOES not come across as a likable person. Although, his art pieces created in Tahiti are beautiful, innovative and vibrant for his time.

I wanted to see this film after viewing the Gauguin exhibit currently on display at the deYoung museum. The presentation of his early works and his evolution as an artist were interesting to see. However, he as a person also comes off unlikable.

AND watched: in theatre for SFFilm Festival

Diamantino (2018)
Directors/Writers: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Stars: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira, Margarida Moreira
-Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Portugal | imdb | my rating: 5

Diamantino, the world's premiere soccer star loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius.

SELECTED as the surprise screening for the festival.

LOVED this. Despite the focus on Diamantino character, I found it to be a female-centric film. Lots of issues to talk and think about with this one.

Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)
Director: Ryan White
Star: Ruth Westheimer
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

A documentary portrait chronicling the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

VERY interesting to learn about Dr. Ruth and her past and present.

AND watched: in theatre

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
Director: Peter Jackson
-Documentary, History, War | imdb | my rating: 4

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

COOL to see colorized historical film footage.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
Director/Writer: Terry Gilliam
Writer: Tony Grisoni
Stars: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Joana Ribeiro
-Adventure, Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 4

Toby, a disillusioned film director, becomes pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.

WACKY world that revolves around a Don Quixote character. Fun cast.


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