‘Prison Break’ returns tonight

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Last night I watched Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress on Netflix, a movie celebrating reading and the human need for stories.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

A few foreign (mostly French) novels transform the lives of people in a remote area of China during the Cultural Revolution. Two young men sent there for re-education manage to obtain the forbidden literature, which they read to the “Little Chinese Seamstress” (LCS) and retell to the villagers at various points in the film. Although they pride themselves on the way they are educating the LCS, she surprises them by taking the lessons to heart and walking right out of the men’s lives and out of the movie, her ultimate fate left unresolved, though the narrator and his friend both later try to find her. It is as though she wasn’t expected to have any agency of her own and then all of a sudden she does; probably that is how it seems from a male point of view! The narrator even goes back to the village to find her and asks for the “little seamstress” as though expecting to find her still there frozen in time, as she must be in his memory.

Also watched over the past few months: Flickering Lights (Blinkende Lygter), Porco Rosso, When the Last Sword Is Drawn, Chop Shop.

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Virtuality

At the Futon Critic – a look at ‘Virtuality’, a sci-fi show being developed for midseason next year on Fox; sounds like it could be good.

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upcoming TV – returning shows

July 10 @ 10 pm – Burn Notice (USA)

July 14 @ 10 pm – Saving Grace (TNT)

July 27 @ 10 pm – Mad Men (AMC)

July 29 @ 9 pm – Eureka (Sci Fi)

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Burn Notice – catch up at Hulu.com

The second season of Burn Notice is starting this Thursday July 10 on USA Cable Network. I watched the last episode over again at hulu.com just to refresh my memory — I think it’s great that TV is becoming more “on-demand.”

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Lost Book Club at abc.com

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‘Hidden Blade’ – samurai love story

The Hidden Blade by director Yoji Yamada has one swordfight scene embedded in a larger love story, with both aspects working together to illuminate the virtues of the main character. I enjoyed this movie quite a lot.

The Hidden Blade has a 7.8 rating at IMDB

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