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Jim Gilles is a native Angelo, 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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LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM – Oscar Short-Listed Film from...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/22/21 -Films from Bhutan are rarely seen in the United States and it is exciting to...

THE LOST DAUGHTER: Maggie Gyllenhaal interprets Elena Ferrante’s troubling novel

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/21/21 - It might be an understatement to say how challenging are the novels of Elena...

HUNG VIET NGUYEN:  Places and Sacred Landscapes

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/21/21 - The financially-troubled Laemmle Theatres are doing their best to survive with the COVID pandemic...

Del Toro’s NIGHTMARE ALLEY: Fossilized American Noir

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/17/21 - Opening in selected theaters this weekend is Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, a remake...

FUTURA: How Young People in Italy Feel About The Future

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/16/21 - Three notable figures among the next generation of Italian filmmakers – Pietro Marcello of...

THE IMAGE MACHINE OF ALFREDO C.: How He Documented Italian Fascism...

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/16/21 - Included in the lineup for this year’s annual Cinema Italian Style series at the...

THE RISE OF VERO G: Talented Singer/Songwriter & TV/Radio Host

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/16/21 - Introducing to the readers here a talented singer/songwriter from New York City – Vero...

Asghar Farhadi’s A HERO: Questioning Heroism and Truth in Iran

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/16/21 - In the evening of Tuesday December 14, there was a screening of A Hero...

Di Costanzo’s THE INNER CAGE: Finding Humanity in an Italian Prison

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/14/21 - A tender, if rather sober, prison drama backed by a strong ensemble cast, The...

Théo Court’s WHITE ON WHITE: A Chilean Photographer Documents Genocide

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By Jim Gilles Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/13/21 - Screening for a week at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica is...