Entertainment

 Neely Swanson

“Louis van Beethoven” – A symphony [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Louis van Beethoven” – A symphony [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Louis van Beethoven,” written and directed by Niki Stein, is film biography of the composer better known as Ludwig. Made for German television, “Louis van Beethoven” has all the production values of a fine film. And a fine film it is, indeed. Stein has chosen to frame the history of one of […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

The Grinch who stole happiness

The Grinch who stole happiness

Don’t get your hopes up “In the Presence of Schopenhauer,” by Michel Houellebecq (Polity Press) by Bondo Wyszpolski Every volume by Arthur Schopenhauer, and in particular “The World as Will and Representation,” should carry a warning label: Not to be read before the age of 30, especially by those maintaining a “Romantic” outlook on life. […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Sleight-of-hand and quick-of-wrist

Sleight-of-hand and quick-of-wrist

Christmas/Holiday-Themed Magic Show Manhattan Beach resident Dan Manson, award-winning magician and producer, presents the magic performance “Christmas Light,” with an international cast of Magicians. It takes place at 5 p.m. on Saturday and offers an interactive, family-friendly holiday-themed magic show, with interactive holiday magic appropriate for all ages. Manson is a veteran magician who has […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Art of Political Murder” – Well crafted [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “The Art of Political Murder,” directed by Paul Taylor, based on Francisco Goldman’s book of the same name, is filmmaking in its highest form. This documentary will leave you breathless from the breadth and depth of its storytelling. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is life-changing, revealing unheard of […]

 Neely Swanson

“Education” – A dulled Axe [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Education” – A dulled Axe [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Education,” the fifth in writer-director Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” series about West Indian life in London, receives a failing grade. Co-written with Alastair Siddons, “Education” was intended to illustrate the segregation and prejudice that begins early in the British educational system. Revealing this systemic bias in the story of bright-eyed, exuberant, and […]

 Neely Swanson

“Yalda. A Night for Forgiveness” – Oh what a night! [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Yalda. A Night for Forgiveness” – Oh what a night! [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Yalda. A Night for Forgiveness,” masterfully written and directed by Massoud Bakhshi, is beyond imagination. Focusing on the aspect of Sharia law that legally sanctions “an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth,” Bakhshi brings us onto the set of “Joy of Forgiveness,” a reality show broadcast live that brings […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

William Blake: hello, goodbye

William Blake: hello, goodbye

Blake was here, now he’s not The invisible Visionary at the Getty Center by Bondo Wyszpolski William Blake, who died in 1827, is yet another casualty in 2020. The English printmaker, painter-illustrator, and poet-painter (who among us doesn’t know “Tyger, Tyger, burning bright…”?) was to have had the starring role in “William Blake: Visionary,” a […]

 Neely Swanson

“Farewell Amor” – An end and a beginning [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Farewell Amor” – An end and a beginning [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Farewell Amor,” written and directed by Ekwa Msangi, is a thoughtful, deep dive into the meaning of family, separation, and cultural divides. It is an exquisite, slow unveiling of the collision of culture, belief structures, and familial chasms that develop over distances, both in miles and minds. Msangi, dipping into her own […]