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There’s something about Lviv

Lviv, Ukraine, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2018   We had Easter last week. This is Orthodox Easter Sunday. I’m writing this in the Hotel Lviv in the center of the city on a beautiful bright morning, which promises heat and a long comfortable day, the last light fading at about 8 pm.  The room I rented from booking.com is a mistake. It’s not big enough to swing a cat in. I know this because I always…

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The Long, Happy Life of Pero Jelinic

Deep in the South African outback, the hunter drew a bead. The lion paused and was perfectly situated in his crosshairs. Bang! The hunter dropped to the ground. He was an old man who would hunt no more. He was dead. The restauranteur named Pero, who was from Croatia, had gone to Africa to shoot lions, not to tame them. He had already hunted everything that could be hunted in Europe, his friends said. So…

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The Irony Bowl: Georgia vs. Alabama

The game is about to start in Atlanta. And the irony is palpable. Let’s look at how and why. It’s Kirby Smart (did that surname) versus his mentor, Nick Saban, The Great Saban as he is ironically called. It is the student against the teacher–Smart coached defense for Saban in all the Alabama wizard’s previous title matches with the Crimson Tide. There is also the irony of neighboring states in the same conference playing for the NCAAF…

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Jim Carrey Does Not Exist: the New Netflix Documentary Jim and Andy

When President Calvin Coolidge, known as Silent Cal, died in 1933 , Dorothy Parker, the famous female wit asked: How can they tell? Presidents can be nonentities. And often are. So why not actors? Jim Carrey is no Coolidge. Yet seems to be saying a similar thing about himself. Just prior to the appearance of his new Netflicks documentary Jim and Andy—the Great Beyond (2017), about the making of Man on the Moon(1999), the sometimes…

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Your Mother Should Know, Jennifer Lawrence

  VENICE – Does her mother know where she is? Her latest film begs the question, showing that Mother does not always know best. Here’s the thing: It would be hard to find a more refreshing Hollywood personality than Jennifer Lawrence.  She has trouble being anything other than who she appears to be – a spirited, talented, and charismatic young woman with a taste for mischief. That’s an astounding feat for someone working in a film…

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Richard Gere in Rome

    ROME –Richard Gere discovered long ago that he was happier making smaller, more personal films than working within the confines of the Hollywood studio system.  Though the paychecks are far smaller, he’s done some of his finest work over the last five years in films such as Arbitrage, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and last year’s The Benefactor.  What drives him at this stage in his career?   “I like doing this,…

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Blade Runner 2049: The Great Escapism

Doctor Labyrinth, like most people who read a great deal and who have too much time on their hands, had become convinced that our civilization was going the way of Rome. He saw, I think, the same cracks forming that had sundered the ancient world, the world of Greece and Rome; and it was his conviction that presently our world, our society, would pass away as theirs did, and a period of darkness would follow. “The…

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