Month: September 2013

“Mud”– Channeling “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

With its meandering pace, Mud embodies a Southern culture known for doing things slowly, drifting along the bayou languorously like “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” John Nichols, the director and an Arkansas native, grounds his film in authenticity through superb casting (including local teenagers), location, and a script centered on a believable coming-of-age story. From gravel to mud to the swampy river, this feature film reminded me not only of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” but also of the Mark Twain novels, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  And that is probably why...

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“In the Moment”–Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection

  The current exhibit (June 28-September 22) at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco  introduces sixty-four exceptional art treasures, mostly screens and paintings by acclaimed artists from the Momoyama through the Taisho periods (roughly sixteenth through early twentieth centuries).  All of the artwork is from Ellison’s Japanese architecturally designed estate in Woodside. With a retired museum curator as his advisor,  Ellison’s collection is extraordinary in vision.  The artwork includes Buddhist religious art, humorous illustrations of folk tales, and floral  and animal...

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