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The Perfect Movie

At 13:11 European time, on Monday, May 8, while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on United Airlines flight 963, in the 61st year of my life, it has finally happened. Like the satisfaction of slotting into place the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle, like finally matching each and every lost sock to its mate, like […]

American Beauty: Translucent Cinema

Let’s take a deeper look at American Beauty, written by Alan Ball, directed by Sam Mendes, and the winner of my contemporary translucent cinema poll. On its surface, the film addresses such common contemporary themes as meaninglessness, infidelity, ambition, and family dysfunction. But, as the movie poster urged before we even bought our tickets, “Look […]

What makes a movie “spiritual?”

For many years now Chameli and I have enjoyed a special moment in our month, when an envelope arrives containing a single DVD. It generally contains a feature film, a documentary, and occasionally a few shorts, chosen not for their popularity or celebrity status, but for their ability to transform and awaken us. The Spiritual […]