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by Gary Smolker, movie and values critic I LOVE GANGSTER MOVIES I have always been drawn to gangster movies. In gangster movies people take charge.  They solve their own problems. I like cleverness and ingenuity. I like winners. I like to see something done spectacularly well. In gangster movies there is always cleverness, ingenuity, something more »

(a movie review by Gary Smolker, movie and values critic) A NOT ENTERTAINING POLITICALLY CORRECT MOVIE “The Art of Self-Defense” is being hailed as an offbeat sinister dark comedy classic. Many of the scenes in this movie are gruesome. As I watched this movie, on the big screen in a movie theater, I became more more »

The movie STUBER poses as a madcap comedy about a relentless cop tracking down a drug dealer with the help of an UBER driver who the policeman kidnapped.     STUBER is really a tender love story about the fragile relationship the policeman has with his daughter.     STUBER fantastically presents human dynamics.     more »

Dear ReaderThere are two reasons people “love” their boyfriend girlfriend spouse: *They find out who they are while “loving” the other person. *Loving the other person fulfills them. WOMAN: When a man is with the right woman they are caught together in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail more »

It is important for a gentleman to properly distinguish the traditional use of the word Caviar from the present common use of the word/name (noun) Caviar. Is Caviar a noun or an adjective? For my own education, and out of curiosity, I will look into the origin of the pink “food” called Caviar I was eating more »

Dear ReaderBelow are two pictures to help your imagination.   Imagine a man entertaining a woman at his place.   He has Honey Crisp Apples.   He starts slicing an apple.   He puts the sliced apple on a plate.   Then he heats a bottle of chocolate syrup in the microwave.   Then he more »

MEN CAN COOK Photo of tomatoes stuffed with cheese and crumbled Smoked Gouda Triscuit about to become stewed tomatoes then to be served with roast leg of lamb with pearl onions and red potatoes for homemade dinner tonight. After we take the roast leg of lamb out of the over we are going to make rosemary based gravy. That is what I am having for dinner tonight in my more »

Save urban wildlife. There is art everywhere. Life without Art is artless. A zillion adventures begin/are set loose in your life when you travel. Do you like coffee? Coffee originally came from Africa, it was first cultivated in Ethiopia. Let’s have a coffee in Zanzibar in the Zanzibar Coffee House. Zanzibar is a historical trade route. There are lots of inexpensive hotels there. And also: Life without art more »

We have a collective memory. Some people among us have experience memory  and  knowledge  embedded in their DNA when they are born from five generations hence. They have memory embedded in their DNA of things they “saw” before they were “born” and of things that they saw that will happen in the future. They remember everything they hear more »