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Davol's Picks

What Happened Miss Simone?

Posted on 13 May 2016 by admin

This documentary of Nina Simone's life is at once fascinating and heart-rending. Her musical legacy is a treasure.












Haute Cuisine

Posted on 13 May 2016 by admin

Based on the true story of French president Francois Mitterrand's private chef. Her challenges were great and this heartwarming account is told with candor and humor. Actress Catherine Frot is a delight to watch.











Samsara

Posted on 05 Jan 2015 by admin

Ron Fricke's newest film is a visual feast. Inspired by the Sanskrit word meaning "the ever turning wheel of life", this film connects diverse aspects of the world in interesting ways that allow for individual interpretation. Stunning imagery from 25 different countries. Prepare to be captivated.









Crystal Bridges Museum

Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by admin


Recently visited the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. This architectural gem of Moshe Safdie is a masterpiece in every respect. And the American art collection covers a wide range of periods and styles, all beautifully curated. The surrounding forest land is easily accessed through walking paths, where one can stop to appreciate outdoor sculptures along the way. The museum also houses a wonderful restaurant to make your visit complete.
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Le Week-End

Posted on 30 Aug 2014 by admin

A middle-aged British couple goes to Paris for a weekend getaway. As their marriage spirals into the depths of dysfunction, they rediscover the qualities in each other that brought them together originally. Brutally honest, at times funny, ultimately redemptive.










Stephen Hawking - a personal story

Posted on 30 Aug 2014 by admin

A documentary about the personal life of Stephen Hawking, physicist, cosmologist and author. Despite the challenge of having ALS, this man's life has followed an amazing path, professionally and personally.










Tim's Vermeer

Posted on 30 Aug 2014 by admin

This is a thoroughly intriguing documentary about one man's quest to understand how the dutch painter Vermeer created his photorealistic paintings in the 17th century. His studies indicate that a system of lenses and mirrors may explain how it was done.










Monsieur Lazhar

Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by admin

This award-winning French Canadian film is perfectly crafted. A powerful human story full of honesty and tenderness. The performances of the child actors are so heartfelt and real, it's easy to forget that it is a film.










Departures

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 by admin

This Japanese film is incredibly poignant and tender. A young man's musical career is cut short, but his unlikely new job performing ceremonies for the deceased ends up giving deeper meaning to his life and marriage.










The Intouchables

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 by admin

Another winning French film. The meeting of two very different men leading troubled lives results in an unlikely, but deeply meaningful friendship.










Pat Metheny's "What's It All About"

Posted on 06 Feb 2012 by admin

Pat's newest project is a beautiful collection of popular songs from the 60s and 70s that he reharmonized and arranged. The simplicity is part of the charm of this album - it's just solo guitar, every note carefully chosen and placed.






The Musical Instrument Museum

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 by admin

Last month I visited "The MIM" in Phoenix. It's a new museum devoted to the diversity of musical instruments from all around the world. Visitors have the opportunity to see thousands of exotic instruments and hear them in video performances scattered throughout the exhibits. It's a great way to spend an afternoon, strolling from room to room, each specific to different geographic locations.






Le Viaduc de Millau

Posted on 27 Oct 2010 by admin


During a recent trip to France, I had the opportunity to see the spectacular Millau bridge. Completed in 2004, it is the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world, crossing the Tarn river valley in southern France. It's sleek and elegant - truly a sight to behold!