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"... Through it all, Phillippe cannot believe that there is such a staunch division between the white and black cultures, nothing like this happens in France. This is where Foreign Student takes a sharp turn away from believability..."
"...Not satisfied with his own media ascendence – nor with the critical acclaim for and personal satisfaction of pushing boundaries of what can be done with exotic edibles and what new and tasty twists can be visited upon traditional culinary tropes – Executive Chef Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic has a new Indie Chefs series going on...."
"...combat troops were withdrawn following the worst U.S. foreign policy misadventure until we invaded Iraq in 2003..."
"...This past Monday, Foreign & Domestic hosted Corbett, executive pastry chef of San Francisco’s The Absinthe Group, to another Indie Chefs dinner, where he talked about his philosophy in the kitchen, his culinary influences, and how he went from washing dishes to overseeing dessert menus at four Bay Area restaurants. Although named one of the food industry’s rising stars in 2007 and Best Pastry Chef of 2011 by San Francisco Magazine, Corbett’s name is still relatively obscure in the contemporary culinary pantheon..."
"...Ignoring reality leads neither to peace nor greater understanding, while succumbing to nihilism abdicates humankind's responsibility to strive for its highest potential. On Chamberlain's historic decision to appease Germany, Churchill prophetically remarked, "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war." Ron Paul's foreign policy is morally bankrupt..."
"...Legal, working citizens are clearly held to a higher standard of accountability than elitists and illegals. Being disgruntled at the inability to understand billboards, public notices, public television, and advertisements in your city because they are in a foreign language (Spanish) is undeniable..."
"...Dear Editor, The knee-jerk foreign policy of this administration has no basis in common sense. We do have a right to defend ourselves against all enemies – foreign and domestic..."
"...Starring: Fernanda Torres, Fernando Alves Pinto, Luis Melo Alexandre Borges and Tchécky Karyo. A black-and-white thriller that recalls Brazil's Cinema Novo, Foreign Land tells the love story of a man and a woman whose lives are affected by the corruption and political intrigue that surround them..."
"...I myself have dabbled in the art of foreign communication. The first such encounter came when I was 11 years old, due to the evil minds behind Britain's schooling curriculum..."
"...Foreign Mothers at Paper Cuts, 'The Austin Chronicle's live music series, at the Palm Door on January 22, 2013..."
"...Indie Chefs Week at Foreign & Domestic on Thursday, January 10, 2013..."
"...Now fans of Jodi's restaurant desserts get to experience the full range of her baking skills, with items both sweet and savory. The pop-up bakery's output is really impressive to me in light of the fact that the Foreign & Domestic kitchen is very small and has no specific baking area or special equipment other than a small Hobart mixer..."
"...election result engineered by a government to the south. Anybody else remember a guy named Somoza from Guatemala, or Noriega from Panama? Anyone remember our CIA rigging elections and propping up dictators down there, making things all nice for the likes of United Fruit? Does anyone else see the connection between our political meddling in Central and South America and the fact that we have hordes of poor people compelled to cross our southern border in order to have a chance to live? Our government created those conditions over decades of misguided and immoral foreign policy. If Hugo Chavez could fix an election in this country, it would serve us right for letting our government get away with the dirty deeds it has been guilty of worldwide...."
"...HB 562, for which Mayor Van Duyne was a strong advocate, doesn't mention any religion by name, but bans judges from violating the U.S. or Texas constitution by using foreign laws to rule on family law cases...."
"...One of the five final nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards, Denmark’s A War is a quietly searing drama about morality, priorities, and absolute truth. It’s told in a matter-of-fact manner that eschews melodrama, yet is loaded with haunting human moments and circumstances..."
"...But an Italian couple’s decision to adopt him holds a future for Vanya that few in his situation will ever see. While the other children in the orphanage envy him, Vanya is deeply troubled by the prospect of being taken to live in a foreign country thousands of miles away before knowing the identity of his birth mother and whether she might want him back..."
"...Africa's best-known filmmaker, Ousmane Sembène, made Guelwaar in 1992 in his native Senegal in French and Wolof. This comedy of errors is also a piercing cultural commentary that examines large issues like the indignity of foreign aid and smaller issues like human vanity and pride..."
"...Nothing here rivals the ladder-fight scene of Once Upon a Time I, but the film's convoluted climax comes close (whew!), with several martial arts schools battling atop a precarious bamboo structure that threatens to topple at any moment. Hark once again uses the presence of foreign dignitaries to symbolize turn-of-the-century China's ambivalence regarding its own future as a world power, and once again these foreign devils are portrayed by talent-impaired actors with beady eyes and twitchy limbs..."
"...A shaky sense of stability reigns two years after the first democratic revolution when the Manchus are overthrown and the country establishes itself as a republic with a president. However, the presidency is soon seized by an ambitious general, Yuan Shih-kai who, through foreign support, attempts to establish himself as emperor..."
"...There's a key moment in Greg Barker's behind-the-scenes examination of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team. It's when Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes bemoans that news coverage of international affairs has slipped from discussing the issues into gotcha talking points..."
"...The most sought after seats in town right now are places at the tables of Foreign & Domestic restaurant during the first Indie Chefs Week. Up and coming chefs from around the country will be creating multi-course dinners with wine pairings four nights in a row..."
"...The film’s humor is designed to work for both kids and adults, and even if the film seems a little old-fashioned in its family-entertainment goals, there are plenty of modern-day poop jokes as the muddy farm generates torrents of animal excrement and a gaseous bird becomes the source of a climactic wind gust. (Even the illustrious Smith partakes in a doozy of a cowpat joke.) Nevertheless, the film may appear dated and a bit foreign to American children (at least judging by the lackluster response of the audience I watched it with)..."
"...Cinematographer Larry Fong (Hero) brings Miller's visceral, instantly identifiable splash pages to bloody life and loses none of the author's trademark visual kineticism in the transfer from page to screen. On the geopolitical military tip (and ancient Greece was nothing if not geopolitical), it's notable that these 300 bearded die-hards, attempting to repel shockingly awesome numbers of foreign usurpers from the lands beyond beyond, resemble nothing so much as an intractable insurgency willing to sacrifice everything up to and including their own lives..."
"...Starring: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin and Marta Tafesse Kassa. French Foreign Legionnaires work out under the glare of the hot East African desert sun..."
"...Hard to imagine politicians tuning out the news with their iPods, but both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have been forthright about their musical tastes. We’ll leave debate analysis to the pros, but we’ve translated songs associated with the candidates into what that says about their foreign policy, women’s rights, and campaign tactics...."
"...Patrick Leahy on June 14 filed a bill that would ensure U.S. compliance with the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which in part guarantees foreign nationals abroad access to consular officials..."
"...The Insult, Lebanon’s official submission for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Oscar, has advanced to the final qualifying round of five, where the film is sure to emerge less battered than the two antagonists at the heart of its story. Director Ziad Doueiri has shaped an instructive scenario in which a petty, street-level argument escalates into insults and physical aggression, and then grows into a courtroom drama midway through as the case grips the nation and incites all-out violence..."
"...One of 2017’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, this pleasantly rambling absurdist father/daughter drama is also one of the most strikingly unusual films of the year, period. It’s a Teutonic take on ambition, loneliness, and the importance of switching things up now and again in order to retain some semblance of sanity in a workaday world that is too often too driven, too hard, and too much..."
"...Then the primordial-seeming landscape opens up to a display of severed heads and the first of many scenes of the sadistic torture of Catholic priests who refuse to apostatize. To this foreign land come two Portuguese Jesuits, Fathers Rodrigues and Garrpe (Driver), in a martyr’s quest to find their former mentor, Father Ferreira (Neeson), who has disappeared amid the mass exterminations and renunciations...."
"...Chile’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2016 Oscars is a grim indictment of the Catholic Church, and, specifically, the church’s sinful strategy of moving known pedophile priests from one diocese to another or, as here, sending them into exile while simultaneously keeping a pontifical eye on them. Director Larraín (Tony Manero) and his director of photography Sergio Armstrong have made a visually striking film about the inherently corruptive nature of organized religious institutions and the strange lengths those institutions will go to obscure the truth...."
"...Adapted from Mitchell Zuckoff’s nonfiction book, 13 Hours is less about the catastrophic events of American foreign and military policy than it is about the brothers in arms – ex-military hired contractors … mercenaries really – who did their best to save U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens when Libyan militants overran the American diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012..."
"...Not reviewed at press time. Susanne Bier's Danish drama In a Better World won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, but she's arguably been in a slump ever since..."
"...Snap! That’s the crack of people teetering on the verge in each of the six segments in the perversely entertaining Argentine film Wild Tales, a more-than-deserving recent Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film. From the jaw-dropping opening episode in which passengers on a commercial flight realize they all share one thing in common – a soured relationship with a mentally unstable man named Gabriel Pasternak (think of him as the Latin Keyser Söze) – to the freewheeling final episode displaying love’s absurdities at the wedding reception from hell, this inspired anthology firmly puts its talented screenwriter/director Szifrón on the map of filmmakers to watch..."
"...Vladimir Putin’s Russia – brutal, carnivorous, delusional, but monstrously well-evolved for crushing both spirits and lives large and small – is taken to task in this excoriating portrait of the state’s omnivorous hunger for control in a far-flung northern fishing community on the Barents Sea. The Russian Federation’s 2015 Academy Award entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category (it lost to Poland’s Ida) lives up to its title and then some...."
"...The film is haunting as it demonstrates the flaws of some American foreign policies – diplomats guided by ideology, arrogant assumptions about the world that run counter to reality, as well as a certain American ineptitude when the situation runs counter to how they thought it would go. There is also a common decency and basic heroism on the part of many of the Americans...."
"...More polished than his debut feature Another Earth, Cahill and his brand of humanist science fiction are destined to appeal most to like-minded souls. Empiricists only need apply if they have a thing for lovely gamines who speak in foreign-accented English (and who doesn’t?), as well as a tolerance for blatantly metaphorical film titles...."
"...Timeliness is also on the side of this film, as the last couple weeks of saber-rattling and rocket launches by North Korea has made that country an evermore topical villain – though to be accurate, the terrorists are a renegade group of Koreans. Although it’s sure to have a different impact for viewers outside the U.S., the wholesale destruction of the White House ought to be imagery that will play particularly well in some foreign territories and add to the film’s international box office..."
"...A dark, brooding Belgian film about masculinity, the oppressiveness of the past, and the bovine hormone mafia, Bullhead suddenly hurtled into the international spotlight when it became one of the five nominees in contention for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar to be awarded later this month. The choice was surprising not only because the Belgian selection committee favored Bullhead over The Kid With a Bike by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the country’s most well-known and regularly lauded filmmaking team..."
"...Farhadi captures it all with a restive handheld camera that emphasizes the claustrophobia and confinement experienced by his characters. His film, which is nominated this year for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and appears to have unusual freedom of expression for an Iranian film (this is, after all, a country that jails many of its best-known filmmakers), is smart, provocative, and brimming with ungovernable human emotions...."
"...Filmed in the Normandy port city of Le Havre, France, the film is Finland’s official nominee for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar. André Wilms is the wonderfully named character Marcel Marx, a name redolent of cinema and social history..."
"...Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Markus Rygaard and William Jøhnk Nielsen. Winner of both an Oscar and Golden Globe for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film, In a Better World obviously speaks to a wide number of people..."
"...Hey, at least that one threw in some Nazis for our heroes to contend with. Scott tosses the occasional foreign object onto the track from time to time, horse trailers and the like, but in the end Unstoppable is derailed by its own one-track premise...."
"...Starring: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella, Carla Quevedo and Rudy Romano. Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film award at this year’s Oscars, this Argentine film is a reflective mystery story..."