The One about Allan King’s “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company”

I have to admit that “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company” was a difficult actuality film to watch. As impressed as I am with Allan King’s “Cinéma vérité”, this one hits my family pretty hard as my grandfather is now at the final stage of Alzheimer’s Disease and is not expected to live much longer, while my mother-in-law also has Alzheimer’s. For me, I have seen many films and […]

The One about Miller’s Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2018-2019

When it comes to antique handbooks and price guides, Judith Miller’s “Antique Handbook & Price Guide” are one of the best out there. With that being said, it’s not perfect nor will it please everyone, including long time Antique Handbook & Price Guide readers. The reason being is that with each handbook and price guide, there are things touched upon in those years, that are not touched on in another […]

The One about Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt”

With Jean-Luc Godard spearheading the French New Wave after many of his other contemporaries have been forgotten, Italian film producer Carlo Ponti and Jean-Luc Godard began work on the film “Le Mepris” (Contempt) in 1963. A film that would be an adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel “The Ghost at Noon” and also would be Godard’s first foray to what can be seen as a commercial film with celebrities, but done […]

The One about Louis Malle’s “Zazie dans le métro”

ou often hear about novels that are not possible for a film adaptation. And for author Raymond Queneau’s successful 1959 novel “Zazie dans le métro”, who can portray a novel about a young girl who knows way too much for her age and is so inquisitive, but yet her perspective of the absurdity of adult Parisians? Never to back down from a challenge, French filmmaker Louise Malle known for his […]

The One about Discovering Japanese Music: Kashiwagi Yuki’s “Shortcake”

Originally featured in J!-ENT Feb. 2013: In Japan, AKB48 member Yuki “Yukirin” Kashiwagi is one of the more popular and highly ranked members of the group. A member of AKB48 and the side-group French Kiss, Kashiwagi has had solo songs featured on the French Kiss CD singles and also has performed solo acts, had her own concert DVD (1st Solo Live – Netemo Sametemo Yukirin World) and even has her […]

The One about Vivienne Gucwa’s “NY in the Snow” Photo Book

As a traveler who loves to visit locations in different seasons and as a photographer who loves to capture city life, one thing that I have not yet experienced is snow in New York or the East Coast. Often wanting to experience it through the photos and videos that my friends on Facebook post during a Noreaster or some snowstorm that they have experienced or hearing tales of my wife […]

The One about the Six-Month Eating Experiment and Latest Blood Test

These last six months have been an interesting experiment. I wanted to move away from my meal plans and see what happens if I slowly started to incorporate things that I stopped eating, incorporate more carbs and to see how my body would react in the latest round of blood tests. I still workout, I have maintained the weight (although I am back on size 33-34 waist, definitely not fitting […]

Q&A: The One about Answering Your Questions Part I

Hi everyone! I get asked a lot of questions in regards to traveling, so once in awhile, I’ll feature a Q&A on the site! So, let’s begin… Q:  Is it true that people in Japan are overworked and work very long hours?  I want to work in Japan but I’m scared of working long hours. A:  Yes, there are companies that work their employees up the yin yang, more than […]