Jewish Journal

  • ‘Melancholia’ even when God exists

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 23, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    “The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out… You’ve left me in the dark.”

    Those are the lyrics to the Florence + The Machine song “Cosmic Love” but they almost perfectly capture the narrative knot of Lars Von Trier’s seductive meditation on sadness, “Melancholia.”

    It took... read on

  • Steven Spielberg: Still in the throes of movie passion

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 21, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    “I just know what it feels like to be overwhelmed with a desire to make a movie,” the director Steven Spielberg told the New York Times, giving a clue as to why he has two movies in theaters this holiday season.

    Spielberg directed both the animated adventure “Tintin”, based on the... read on

  • Christopher Hitchens and deathbed poetry

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 20, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    I once had this fantasy that I would read a dying man poetry by his bedside. There would be low lights and rain trickling past the windowsill and it’s only now I realize how much I had glamorized a hospital scene. Death is not romantic so I thought I’d make it so. Poetry seemed, to... read on

  • Against transformation: ‘Young Adult’, ‘A Dangerous Method’ and resistance to change

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 19, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    In Khalil Gibran’s opus “The Prophet”, the story begins with a sage awaiting his ship—long has he been away from home. But when his ship arrives, the occasion is bittersweet; he knows he must journey forward and “return”—in Judaism, teshuvah, the ultimate spiritual act—and yet, he is... read on

  • Wisdom from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 15, 2011 | 9:38 pm

    The Wizard to Tin Man: “As for you my galvanized friend, you want a heart? You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.”

    Tin Man: “But I still want one.”

  • Golden Globes: The Jewish Nominees

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 15, 2011 | 11:24 am

    The 69th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominations were announced early this morning and for those who want tribal highlights, here goes…

    In the film categories:

    Woody Allen leads the pack with his box-office hit “Midnight in Paris” with three nominations for Best Screenplay, Best... read on

  • Angelina Jolie and genocide beyond the Holocaust

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 14, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Even the title of Angelina Jolie’s film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” suggests parallels to the Jewish story.

    It bespeaks the location of one genocide, where the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims by Christian Serbs took place, while doubling as a reference to the land of milk... read on

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