Reviews by skonrath
get to know artists
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Jonah Winter strikes exactly the right tone yet again. We have been enjoying his children's book "Frida" about Frida Kahlo, and have now expanded to this one, that is the story of Diego Rivera as a child. Beautifully written and nice illustrations. Good to teach the children to love art -- and artists.
mid-period masterpiece
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Wong Kar-wai's middle period masterpiece must be seen to be believed. The criterion collection version of this included post cards that were taken from freeze frames of the film, and were more beautiful than most travel destinations. Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung are a match made in cinema heaven up there with Bogie and Bergman -- two beautiful souls trapped in propriety. Incidentally this movie deserves a new Oscar category -- it wins first place for wallpaper design -- the lush wallpapers are almost a separate story in this film.
the master at home
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Antonioni's final film with Monica Vitti is still gorgeously colored and deeply mysterious. It's a 1960s classic of existentialist modernist cinema. Many beautiful shots are worth freeze framing and admiring for color and light.
classic
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This is not the best children's book out there, but it is timeless. My daughter loves it since there is something absurd about the size of him, and I think kids find it silly to imagine such a thing. A tried and true classic that I'm sure she will be reading to her children one day.
eye candy
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Watch this for the eye candy, and if it's too much for you to take seeing a vivid portrayal of major depressive disorder while also observing the end of the world, just put it on mute and watch, watch, watch. It is beautiful, the colors, the people, the setting (takes place in an old castle-like building in a countryside). The music is somewhat creepy, with the theme repeating itself throughout the movie with a sense of foreboding as the end draws near. It will get under your skin.