CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS – The Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 3-D movie by eccentric German director, Werner Herzog. The movie deals with a cave in France filled with animal bones, marked up with cave bear scratches over which incredibly beautiful figures (horses, rhinos and cats) were painted by early humans over 30,000 years ago. There are magical points in the film that the 3-D experience takes you there. The end of your nose almost touches the cave wall or smells the still air. The subject matter is captivating … imagine the life of our earliest European ancestors: hunting mammoths and rhinos, sharing with the (soon to be extinct) Neanderthal and gathering about the land on a hunt, wearing suits made of pelts and leather. I REALLY wanted to love this movie. But I couldn’t, not completely. Besides being far too long, convoluted, overly repetitive, irritating music, pointless commentary in horribly butchered English and a post script that was so random…I was very irritated by the end of the film. In summary, what could have been a journey into humankind’s most treasured window onto the past was marred by poor choices, lack of direction and missed opportunities.




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PICASSO

PICASSO – I really enjoyed the current exhibit (through 10-9-11) of Picasso’s masterpieces; at a fine art museum in San Francisco, the de Young. Picasso was a true genius, he had the freedom to throw out the typical conventions of his day and truly explore his creativity. Particularly, it was interesting to see the pencil sketches (studies) he made in order to plan out the paintings, bronzes and assemblages made up of found objects. The portrait of Dora Marr (1937) is my favorite.


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ALAMEDA VINTAGE FAIR

The Alameda Antique Faire was yesterday Sunday 7-3-11, posted here are a few pics. The San Francisco city skyline is visible in the background as well as the famous Alameda container loading cranes. I am especially inspired by the mod furniture of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.