Wednesday, December 31, 2014

P. K. - A stranger in a strange land

This is a touching and funny movie. PK is an alien whose remote to recall his spaceship is stolen at the beginning of the movie, and sold to
an evil manipulative god-man, a guru, who claims the remote is a jewel from god acquired in the Himalayas.

2.5 hours of sheer enjoyment.

It is in Hindi with English subtitles.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Declaring ones affiliations at the dry cleaners

A Vietnamese couple run the dry cleaners, it was early, in fact I was the first customer.

"Did you have a good Christmas?" he asked.
"Yes," I said, "Although I am an atheist, it was good. Do you celebrate Christmas?"
"I do and I am a Buddhist."
"Are you a vegetarian?"
"No" He said somewhat reluctantly.

"My wife is Catholic, so we go to separate churches." He volunteered. "We married in a Catholic church but inside I am Buddhist, and here, unlike Vietnam, I have the freedom to go to whatever church I like." 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Market Tale

Martin Walker has had multiple lives, perhaps we all have multiple lives, some more than others.

He is now famous for the Bruno books. Bruno is a small town policeman set is southern France, who loves food, and protects his adopted village from the outside world.  To get a light-weight teaser that you can read in an hour for a $1 from Amazon, try "A Market Tale."

Like so many events in the small Périgord town of St. Denis, deep in the gastronomic heartland of France, this story begins in the market that takes place each week in the square between the seventeenth-century mairie and the old stone bridge that crosses the River Vézère. On a Tuesday morning in early summer, Kati, a young woman with short, fair hair and a little redness on her bare arms from her first exposure to the sun that year, was staring entranced at a stall displaying a wider selection of strawberries than she had ever known. Her eyes darted eagerly from the deep crimson of the Mara des Bois to the plump red of the Gariguettes, from the almost-orange Charlottes to the purple Rosa Linda that looked so moist she imagined the juice seeping

Walker, Martin (2014-12-02). A Market Tale: A Bruno, Chief of Police Story of the French Countryside (Kindle Single) (A Vintage Short) (Kindle Locations 54-59). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Rockettes

The latest TUTS show, for the Christmas season is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring 36 dancers, half of them Rockettes, so identical, so in sync, you think human cloning had been perfected.

The twelve performances covered the spectrum, from inspired to silly and corny. I especially liked the Partridge in a Pear Tree tap dance, and the funny Nutcracker danced by bears.

The back screen was perfectly matched with the stage turntable. The night tour through Manhattan with the double-decker bus seemed as if the bus really was travelling around the city in 3D.

Not perfect, but memorable and something for everyone.