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ART: SENSE AND SENSIBLITY

Jarrod Emerson's Tribute to Alan Rickman Part 2: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) “John Dashwood” (James Fleet) made a promise to his ailing “Father” (Tom Wilkinson) that as rightful heir, he would make sure his stepmother “Mrs. Dashwood” (Gemma Jones) and her daughters “Elinor” (Emma Thompson), “Marianne” (Kate Winslet) and “Margaret” (Emille Francois) are financially stable.…

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OST: FUNNY GIRL

Jarrod Emerson's Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 4: FUNNY GIRL (1968) Part musical, part biopic, Funny Girl tells the story of pioneering stage performer/comedienne “Fanny Brice” (Barbra Streisand). The film chronicles Fanny’s early rise to fame, and romance with professional gambler “Nicky Arnstein” (Sharif). Although Fanny’s career flourishes, the same cannot be said of her turbulent…

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OST: MONSIEUR IBRAHIM

Jarrod Emerson's Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 5: MONSIEUR IBRAHIM (2003) In 1960s working class Paris, Jewish adolescent “Moїse Schmidt” (Pierre Boulanger) is growing up a without a mother and a severely depressed, distant father (Gilbert Melki). When not chasing girls, Moise frequently shoplifts from the neighborhood grocery store, run by “Ibrahim Demirci” (Sharif), an…

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A Jewish Perspective on #OscarsSoWhite

Jews control the media. Jews own Hollywood. Jews run the show. These are common statements made about the disproportionate number of Jews with prominent and active roles in the Hollywood movie-making machine. While often times these comments are twinged with underlying anti-Semitic opinions, there is no doubt that Jews enjoy a freedom and opportunity in…