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Take Three: Danny Glover

22 May 2011 9:15 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Craig here with Take Three. Today: Danny Glover

Over the last decade Glover hasn’t seen the prolonged exposure that he once enjoyed, yet mostly still deserves. But he’s been doing good work in a vast array of projects, both mainstream and arthouse none the less. In a quintet of artful independents The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Manderlay (2005), Bamako (2006), Honeydripper (2007) and Blindness (2008) he gave strong, varied turns. Barnyard, The Shaggy Dog (both 2006) and Alpha and Omega added family fare to his résumé. A couple of pay-the-rent Saws (first and fifth) and a thankless turn in Death at a Funeral (2010) didn’t harm his career. A couple of presidential engagements, Battle for Terra (2006) and 2012 (2009), kept him afloat. And finally some bona fide solid gold support in Dreamgirls (2006) and Shooter (2007) reminded multiplex audiences just how good he is.

Take One: Be Kind Rewind (2008)

But the most recent role in which he’s perhaps »

- Craig Bloomfield

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“Waiting For Happiness” (When China Met Africa)

4 April 2011 4:26 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Tambay posted a couple days ago on the upcoming documentary When China Met Africa (review coming soon) and I started to think about films that show some sort of connection between Africa and China; Let the cinephile game begin!

I remembered seeing this film last year called Waiting for Happiness by Abderrahmane Sissako.

Sissako has been mentioned on this site, specifically about his 2006 treasure Bamako. Waiting for Happiness, which was in the Un Certain Regard section for the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, is about Abdallah, a young man traveling through his coastal village in the West African country of Mauritania, while on his way to Europe. He has a hard time readjusting in his village, because he does not speak his native dialect, and he wears “Western” clothes.

Throughout the film, we meet characters in the village, including a Chinese man selling watches, and wants to woo one of the local »

- Alece Oxendine

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