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SLIFF BUZZ 2015: 3 GEMS

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Cancer, Care, Corporations, Death, Doc, Dollars, Eco, Film, Food, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Native, Peace, Popular, Review, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, STL |

The best St. Louis International Film Festival in memory! Three of my favorite films: “In Transit” – The last of the great direct cinema documentary filmmakers, the recently deceased Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Running Fence…)… an eloquent love letter to humanity.
With a rarely seen fragility and gentleness, this tour de force of a film allows us to sense how precious each life is. Each individual’s aspirations and vulnerability is magically brought to light: one of the most touching film experience at this festival! — “The Fool/Durak” – … In the midst of the squalor of a small Russian town, through its understated acting and gritty realism, a suspense as worthy as that of a James Bond film, slowly but surely, takes shape. How institutions and the self-serving individuals that populate them can hold onto their morally bankrupt power… — “Embrace of the Serpent” – By following their actual diaries, this sumptuous and sensual film – some would call it an hallucinatory trip – pays tribute to two explorers and their guides as they venture into unknown regions of Colombia. One of the most astonishing and luminous film at the St. Louis International Film Festival! […]

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SLIFF BUZZ 2015 (An Overview)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Afri, Antisemitism, Asia, Care, Death, Doc, Film, France, French, Hispanic, Human Rights, Humor, Jewish, Magyar, Media, Middle-East, Peace, Politics, Racism, Religion, Shoah, STL, Time, Travel, US, Violence, Wars, Women, World, Youth |

November 5 – November 15 — The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WATCH CINEMATIC TREASURES… films which, no matter how outstanding they are, often will not find a distributor in the U.S. Where else can you get to travel to 70 countries in 10 days through 447 films (97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts)? Those I can already vouch for include Deep Web (opening night), Embrace of the Serpent, In Transit, The Fool/Durak, Sea Fog/Haemoo, Once in a Lifetime, In My Father’s House, Theeb, Three Windows and a Hanging, Dry, Eadweard, Court, Among the Believers, Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Last Mentsch, Armor of Light, Can You Dig This, Landfill Harmonic, Thao’s Library, Right Footed, Radical Grace, Something You Can Call Home, Cemetery of Splendor. Feel free to write for more info […]

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Today’s Ecstasy

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Death, Hispanic, History, Humor, Photo, Politics, Religion, Security, Spectacle, Violence, Women |

— Going All Out for the Papal Visit — [a picture is again worth a thousand words] – What does “ecstasy” look like these days? (Sister Mary Gabriel of the Sisters of Life is screened at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Washington, D.C. – Wednesday September 23, 2015) – “Beyond the Finish Line” and other photographs by Josh Haner […]

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MERU – a review

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Asia, Death, Doc, Mystery, Peace, Poet, Review, STL |

At the Tivoli LAST DAY IS THURSDAY OCT. 15! – My review: DEFIANTLY YOURS [for me the mountains will always bring me back to Mount Analogue & Ilarie Voronca’s “mes amis mes montagnes” – my friends my mountains] – “If you can do it, why do it?” — Gertrude Stein. The grass is always greener somewhere else, and the mountain always higher… Why do we need to move? Restlessness, exploration? The French poet Rimbaud spoke of the “nervous twitch of action”… What does it mean to be “driven”? What is “rational madness”? … For taking you relentlessly to the edge – in the same league as Touching the Void – the least we can do is make the trip to the theater! […] #stlouis #documentary #film #climbing #adventure #suspense #Himalayas #film review

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Vladimir Jankélévitch

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Antisemitism, Books, Death, France, Juif |

“L’existence nous a été donnée pour exister, et non pour réfléchir l’existence, la respiration pour respirer, et non pour se regarder respirant”. – “L’instant éclair, le silence, les signes évasifs ; c’est sous cette forme que choisissent de se faire connaître les choses les plus importantes.” – “L’ennui, c’est le temps en désordre.” – “Du moment que quelqu’un est né, a vécu, il en restera toujours quelque chose, même si on ne peut dire quoi.” – “La violence : une force faible.” – “La ride est une allusion à la mort.” – “La prière est le désespoir de la raison. “… – Dans le cadre de la Contre-Histoire de la Philosophie de Michel Onfray, une émission en plusieurs parties autour de Vladimir Jankélévitch sur France Culture […}

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Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Death, Health, Now, Sci/Nat, Women |

To my friend, Judith Doneson: “This year, 21,290 new cases of ovarian cancer are expected in the United States, and 14,180 deaths… The study confirmed earlier findings that IP treatment helps women live longer. Among women who had IP treatment, 81 percent were still alive three years later, compared with 71 percent in women who had only intravenous chemotherapy. The findings are based on the records of about 500 women…. the cumulative data are so strong that oncologists have “no more excuses” for disregarding it.”

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