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Jim Gilles is a native Angeleno, with a wide range of interests. He holds several academic degrees from Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Los Angeles, and UCLA, in English & Comparative Literature, History, and Education. He has been a teacher and university professor for many years and is still active in the academic community. Being an avid movie goer, he writes on film, including foreign-language cinema, feature films, documentaries, independent and experimental film. Having lived so long in Los Angeles, he is quite interested in the history of this particular city and appreciates its ethnic and racial diversity, as well as its fascinating history of filmmaking and popular music. As a world traveler, Jim has wandered into many fascinating corners of the globe and writes about his experiences.
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LANGUAGE LESSONS: “Ser” or “Estar” in a Platonic Romcom

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/11/21 - Last evening, I watched Natalie Morales’ Language Lessons (USA, 2021), an American dramatic film...

THIRTEEN LESSONS THAT SAVED THIRTEEN LIVES: John Volanthen & the Thai...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/10/21 - A new book Thirteen Lessons That Saved Thirteen Lives (Quarto Publishing, 2021) by John...

TAKE AND RUN (Ala Kachuu): Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/10/21 - Currently playing at the NoHo Laemelle Theatre in North Hollywood is Ala Kachuu: Take...

20th CENTURY FOX: Darryl F. Zanuck & Modern Film Studios

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/10/21 - Noted film historian Scott Eyman’s new book 20th Century Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and...

Poet Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House in Carmel-By-the-Sea

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/8/21 - The American poet Robinson Jeffers built a house for himself, his wife Una, and...

FIRE MUSIC: The Human Side of Free Improvisational Jazz 

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/8/21 - Opening at Film Forum in New York City on Friday, September 10, and at...

DESERT ONE: The Failed Secret Mission of U.S. Special Ops in...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/8/21 -Barbara Kopple's documentary Desert One (2019) is an enlightening but slow-moving film that will air...

DREAMOVER: Finding Love In the Dreams of Our Past

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/7/21 - Currently going on at the TLC Chinese Theatres in Hollywood is a small film...

CINDERELLA:  New Pop Musical Pushes Ella’s Fashion Line   

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/5/21 -  Now playing in select theaters including CineLounge in Hollywood (where I watched the movie)...

WHO YOU THINK I AM: Juliette Binoche & Social Media’s Tragic...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/4/21 - Screening at several Laemelle Theatres in Los Angeles and streaming on Netflix and Amazon...