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Aug.20.2013
THE BUTLER  (by Lee Daniels) a film review    by Jeanne Powell  In this film by Lee Daniels, the characters of Cecil and Gloria Gaines are based loosely on the lives of Eugene and Helene  Allen.  According to Wil Haygood’s article in the Washington Post, Eugene...
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Aug.10.2013
    ELYSIUM   
a film review   
by Jeanne Powell   

 In the year 2159 there are two classes of people associated with the planet Earth:  the vast majority of humans exist on an overpopulated and burned-out planet, and the very wealthy live on a...
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Aug.05.2013
a film review  by Jeanne Powell   HANNAH ARENDT is a major film released at a time when both human rights and clear thinking in general are being marginalized.   This movie was an official selection for the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Jewish Film...
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Jun.14.2013
MAN OF STEEL  a film review  by Jeanne Powell    Superman?  Yeah, that guy again, but with an exciting new take on his otherworldly origins.  Director Zack Snyder, known for his action film “300” about the battle between Persia and Sparta at Thermopylae, has recreated...
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May.13.2013
THE GREAT GATSBY  a film review   by Jeanne Powell   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life inspired the love affair he wrote about in his 1925 novel, THE GREAT GATSBY.  Fitzgerald left Princeton without graduating, enlisted in the army in 1917, and fell madly in love with a wild...
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May.07.2013
"Within The Eye of The Storm" is an award-winning documentary by Shelley Hermon.  The Sundance Film Institute calls it "a unique, beautiful story filled with love and hope." Rami Elhanan is a former Israeli soldier whose young daughter was killed by a suicide bomber. Bassam Aramin is a former...
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Apr.16.2013
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP   a film review   by Jeanne Powell    Robert Redford is back with a film we have been awaiting since the last Weather Underground activist came in from the cold at the end of the Carter administration.  I do not mean to imply they all came...
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Apr.13.2013
  42  a film review  by Jeanne Powell     A film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) was sure to generate interest.   This film has excellent production values and will satisfy many with its glossy history of how major league baseball broke the...
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Mar.14.2013
EMPEROR  a film review  by Jeanne Powell “Emperor”  is a thoughtful political thriller directed by Peter Webber, who  also directed  the highly praised “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (2003).  Vera Blasi and David Klass wrote the screenplay based on the book, HIS MAJESTY...
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Feb.16.2013
We used to meet in the Mission district at Cafe La Boheme every week.  Clara and Dan simply rolled down a hill or two from their respective flats.  Don and Carlos walked over from their separate digs in el barrio.  And I traveled on the #49 to the Mission, or a combination of the #47...
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Feb.07.2013
SF Poet Laureate Emeritus Jack Hirschman has chosen the winners of the Poets Eleven 2012 literary celebration.  The anthology, published by the San Francisco Public Library, is for sale online.  Three of my poems are included. Poets Eleven 2012 http://redroom.com/member/jeanne-powell/...
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Feb.07.2013
Many readers know Riane Eisler as the author of THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE:  OUR HISTORY, OUR FUTURE.  Anthropologist Ashley Montagu has said this is "the most important book since Origin of the Species."  Isabel Allende has said The Chalice and the Blade "is one of those magnificent...
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Jan.05.2013
Les Miserables a film review  by Jeanne Powell    The French novelist Victor Hugo died in 1885 and was buried with honors in the Pantheon, the temple to great French intellectuals.  He published his 1,400 page novel  Les Miserables  in 1862, when he was 60 years of...
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Nov.21.2012
LINCOLN a film review  by Jeanne Powell  Director Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar-worthy film is adapted from historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 best-seller, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.  Tony Kushner’s screenplay is ambitious and successful with a difficult...
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Nov.02.2012
FLIGHT a film review by Jeanne Powell Denzel Washington delivers a engrossing performance as a troubled airline pilot in “Flight.”  This film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, has Oscar™ nomination written all over it. Washington initially trained for the stage with the American Conservatory...
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