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Month: January 2024

A Small Light–In a Very Dark World

A Small Light, a  National Geographic eight-episode miniseries, chronicles the life of a young German woman in her twenties, Miep Gies (Bel Powley).  Sent as a little girl by her mother  to a more safe environment in Amsterdam, unaware that  Amsterdam is on the verge of being overtaken by  Fascism. Miep, emotionally abandoned by her family, begins work for Otto Frank (Liev Schreiber) in his pectin factory, manufacturing the essential ingredient for making jam and jelly.  Soon, however, her boss will be forced to take his family into hiding from the Nazis.  Bravely,   Miep and her husband...

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My Top 12 Movies and Series for 2023

While we are all going into our fourth year of Covid, many of us craved new content to watch, and felt like there weren’t as  many good movies and series to choose from.  Certainly, the screenwriters’ strike contributed to the dearth of content.  Well, this year I still have twelve to recommend.  Some are less well-known and under-the-radar.  Also, there seemed to be more selections from DEI producers and writers, for a welcomed change! Here are the reviews I wrote this past year with the criteria that they were available online.  Of the 48 reviews I posted...

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Hunger (2023)–Parasite Anyone?

This Thai thriller features a beautiful young woman, Aoy,  and a terrifying megalomaniac celebrity chef  Paul.  Aoy stir-fries noodles in her family’s noodle shop as a fast-food cook alongside her brother and her parents. In contrast, Chef Paul berates his staff mercilessly.   In an upscale restaurant environment, Chef Paul is a culinary darling among the very wealthy. Invited to join Chef Paul, the perfectionist, Aoy is thrilled at the opportunity.  Hunger soon reveals sadism and disturbing egomania in the rarified and unsavory restaurant industry.  But the young noodle-fryer refuses...

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