Charles Burnett: A True Master

Posted by Pat on August 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

cbMaybe it’s just part of being a successful artist: you’re proud of the work that made your reputation, but, being an artist, you want to put it behind you and move on to something new. Trouble is, your fans don’t want to let you. If you’re Sting, they sit in the back of the concert hall year after year and holier, “Roxanne!” If you’re Woody Allen, they buy tickets for each new film hoping it will be a remake of Annie Hall.

As frustrating as that kind of response must be for an artist, it could be forgiven in the case of the filmmaker Charles Burnett, whose early movies Killer of Sheep (1973) and My Brother’s Wedding (1983), share a subtlety largely missing in much of his more recent work. Sheep and Wedding managed the not inconsiderable feat of showing black families and communities with their uniqueness intact, and yet not allowing that uniqueness to devolve into the kind of stereotype that overshadows character. The people in those films and in Burnett’s masterpiece, To Sleep with Anger (1990), come across as Read more…


Hong Kong Film Festival Still Surprises

Posted by Pat on August 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

hkffAlthough the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is a noncompetitive event, it is more than a “Best of” World Cinema. This year, the 21st HKIFF (March 25 – April 9) packed an array of fourteen programs, including “Global Images” (new international cinema), director tributes and “Archival Treasures,” which included Louis Feuillade’s ten-episode serial, Les Vampires – all 457 minutes of it!

Since this is 1997 – with the July 1 ‘handover’ of Hong Kong imminent – it was an opportunity to reassess both the past and likely future of HK cinema itself. This was achieved by a three-day international conference (April 10-12) following the HKIFF’s retrospective programme of forty-five HK films, key works between 1947 and 1994, titled “Fifty Years of Electric Shadows.”

For nearly fifty years, Hong Kong has been one of the most productive film centers on earth – alongside Japan, India, and the U.S. – without subsidy. In 1954, for example, with a population then of around three million, HK produced more than 200 features, some in minority dialects but mostly in either Mandarin or Cantonese, the primary ‘competing’ languages. Annual production peaked at just over 300 in the early Sixties. Once seen, some of the more luminous stars of the period Read more…


SnoreRX Can Help You Manage The Snoring

Posted by Pat on June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Willingly putting a hunk of plastic in your mouth to help curb your snoring problem isn’t the easiest decision to make. There are so many models on the market you have to make sure you do your research and figure out just which one works for you. You also have to consider your budget and the fact that you should replace your snoring mouthpiece every 7-9 months for hygienic and normal wear-and-tear reasons.

You want to make sure that the device you choose doesn’t cause you more problems on top of your snoring: many models on the market are known to cause jaw pain, tooth decay and a host of other issues. These mouthpieces are meant to stop your snoring usually by opening your lower jaw and creating a better flow of air and also by supporting your tongue so it doesn’t fall into the back of your throat while you sleep.

Because of these features you may find yourself waffling between the SnoreRX® and a different mouth piece. To help you choose we’ll go over some of the amazing benefits of the SnoreRX® and let you see for yourself what an amazing piece of technology you might be putting in your mouth is like. It comes highly recommended by this snoring mouthpiece expert.

If cost is one of those things that you are worried about let’s just get that out of the way. While the SnoreRX® is no $20 mouthpiece, it is definitely worth its cost. SnoreRX® is one of the few mouthpieces out there that offers a 30-day money back guarantee. If you decide to put up the cash to purchase this Read more…


Portrait Of A Classic: The Ice Storm

Posted by Pat on May 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

poacAng Lee, director of The Ice Storm – whom one would not necessarily regard as a stylist – has conceded that his previous films (Pushing Hands [1992], The Wedding Banquet [1993], Eat Drink Man Woman [1994], and Sense and Sensibility [1995]) lacked a style, in order to make the point that The Ice Storm has one. At his New York Film Festival press conference, Lee noted that the film draws on a photorealist esthetic, adopting an observational approach to the setting. He acknowledged his film’s affinity to Susan and Alan Raymond’s 1973 documentary An American Family, which chronicles the dysfunction and disintegration of a family called the Louds. The family are heavy weed smokers, and use water pipes like these to smoke. The Ice Storm is set in the same year An American Family aired on public television. Read more…


How To Avoid HP Poweredge Logical Drive Failure?

Posted by Pat on February 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

pldfDue to corrupt files and the deletion of important data, the Poweredge logical drive failed to work and cause the problem for the user. The best thing is to avoid the situations that cause the failure of the drive. But what are the precautions that we should use to avoid these miss happenings? The first duty to do is make the system of your computer virus free. For that purpose, install a security system that will clean the computer on regular basis or whenever a virus is detected. That will ensure the security of your computer system.

The Poweredge logical drive often fails because of installations of unknown software. So also try to avoid these types of software. Your security system will also help you to detect harmful viruses and that will not allow you to install them. The Poweredge logical drive fails because of accidental deletion of the files from your computer. But that mistake can cause a long-term problem as it results in excessive loss of data. For that purpose, simply turn off your machine and seek the assistance of a company that specializes in recovering the data from an HP ProLiant Server. That assistance will recover all your data and will allow you to use it again in a proper manner. The RAID admin guide is located here.

Lost Data? Here’s What To Do

What will you do once a data was lost? Should you go ahead and send your hard drive for data recovery service? The answer is no. This is only done when a hard drive has Read more…


La Scorta – You Can’t Lose With Him

Posted by Pat on November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized |

lsyclIn American gangster movies, the Mafia usually appears in loud, showy images. Within approaches as different as the high opera of the first two Godfather films (or the feeble comic book of The Godfather, Part III) or Martin Scorsese’s sprightly dance-of-death realism in GoodFellas, the dons and soldiers of La Cosa Nostra parade their brutality and vulgarity, sentimentalize their feelings for their domestic and their criminal ‘families,’ and essentially draw the viewer’s emotional interest to themselves, not to their victims or to the society they manipulate through their primary resource: the fear of death. Read more…


Montreal’s World Film Festival Continues To Amaze

Posted by Pat on November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized |

mwffThe Montreal World Film Festival screens a vast number of films – most of them European, Latin American, and Asian – while showing few big-budget Hollywood works. Montreal is known as a festival of moviegoers while its rival, the Toronto International Festival, is viewed as more market and industry oriented. One of Quebec’s most prominent producers, Roger Frappier, who also runs TransAtlantique Montreal, has stated that Montreal “shows people that American movies are not the only ones that exist. Read more…