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‘Omar’ exposes the perils of conflicted beliefs

‘Omar’ exposes the perils of conflicted beliefs

“Omar” (2013). Cast: Adam Bakri, Eyad Hoorani, Samer Bisharat, Leem Lubany, Waleed Zuaiter, Rohl Ayadi, Ramzi Maqdisi. Director: Hany Abu-Assad. Screenplay: Hany Abu-Assad. Web site. Trailer. It’s been said that none of us can serve two masters, for attempting to do so will surely lead to our downfall. No matter how well equipped we may feel to take on such a task, we’re susceptible to failure when our personal resources and wherewithal are pushed to their limits. And the struggle to set matters right under such circumstances can be more than we’re capable of handling. That’s the lesson for a conflicted young freedom fighter in the gripping new drama, “Omar.” The life of a freedom fighter is fraught with many challenges – perhaps more than anyone knows. That’s certainly the case for Omar (Adam Bakri), a Palestinian brigade member who’s clandestinely engaged in an ongoing battle against Israeli security forces. Omar fervently pursues this cause with two collaborators, his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hoorani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). But, despite the obstacles and danger involved, the three would-be liberators believe in the justness of their quest, given the oppressive everyday living conditions that have been imposed on them and their ...
Share Your Thoughts!

Share Your Thoughts!

Did you enjoy/are you enjoying my new book, Consciously Created Cinema? If so, please share your thoughts! Let others know what you think with social media posts (like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, GoodReads and LibraryThing) or reviews on the bookseller sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo) where you acquired your copy. I’m sure they’d love to hear what you have to say. And remember, you’ll be rewarded with good karma — and my sincere thanks! ...
Check out 'Tipping Sacred Cows'

Check out ‘Tipping Sacred Cows’

I just finished reading a terrific new book, Tipping Sacred Cows, by my colleague and fellow author Betsy Chasse, one of the driving forces behind the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know?!” Betsy’s incisive wit and wisdom takes on a lot of widely accepted metaphysical and new age principles, affirming what works, poking holes in the ideas where necessary, and offering practical, reasoned reinterpretations when called for. Drawing from her own experiences, the author illustrates her insights with razor sharp observations and biting humor, making for a very entertaining read, especially for anyone who’s going through a period of transition and reassessment in his or her life. And don’t forget to check out the cocktail recipes at the back of the book — their presence will become apparent when you read what Betsy has to say! ...
Meet Trevor

Meet Trevor

Meet Trevor. Trevor Laster, that is. He’s the wonderful guy (and partner) to whom my new book, Consciously Created Cinema, is dedicated. Here’s a pic of the two of us from when we went whale watching in Maine in 2011, a trip that’s referenced in my review of “Samsara” in Chapter 8 of the book. Check it out to find out more! ...
New Sales Outlets for 'Consciously Created Cinema' Now Available

New Sales Outlets for ‘Consciously Created Cinema’ Now Available

My new book, Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lovers Guide to the Law of Attraction (ISBN 978-1495976643), is now available from several new outlets. In addition to the North American and European web sites of Amazon.com and the online ebook seller Kobo Books, my new release is also now available at Barnes & Noble online and Chapters/Indigo.ca. The print version is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and ebook versions are available from all of the foregoing sources. North American customers can find out more by visiting the following links: Click here for the Amazon print version. Click here for the Amazon Canada print version. Click here for the Amazon Kindle ebook version. Click here for the Amazon Canada Kindle ebook version. Click here for the Amazon Mexico Kindle ebook version. Click here for the Barnes & Noble print and ebook Nook versions. Click here for the Kobo Books ebook version. Click here for the Chapters/Indigo.ca ebook version. European customers can find out more by visiting the following links: Click here for the Amazon UK versions: print, Kindle ebook. Click here for the Amazon Germany versions: print, Kindle ebook. Click here for the Amazon France versions: print, Kindle ebook ...

How’d I Do on This Year’s Oscars?

With this year’s Academy Awards ceremony behind us, it’s time to take a look at how I did on my predictions for the winners in this annual competition, as first outlined in my previous blog, Who Will Capture This Year’s Oscars. And the result? A perfect score! Out of the six major categories, I got them all! Best Picture Projected Winner: “12 Years a Slave”Actual Winner: “12 Years a Slave”Result: Correct call This was the only major category that had any significant suspense associated with it, though “12 Years a Slave” was clearly one of the two frontrunners (the other being “American Hustle,” which, regrettably, was completely shut out on its 10 nominations). But, even though the film’s win wasn’t a surprise, it was not, in my opinion, the picture most worthy of top honors. My choice would have been “American Hustle.” I also would have been content with wins by “Nebraska,” “Philomena” or “The Wolf of Wall Street,” though they were all long shots at best. Best Actor Projected Winner: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”Actual Winner: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”Result: Correct call This was a slam dunk. McConaughey swept the best actor category in every major competition leading ...
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