Oren Leblang | Indy Week

Oren Leblang 
Member since Aug 7, 2013

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Re: “an

An remains my choice as best Asian restaurant in the triangle. Kudos to the current chef for consistency and wonderful execution of this menu. Prices are very reasonable for this quality of dining; lunch is simply a bargain and a nice introduction to An, always a nice Bento box option as well as menu. In the evening, a full dinner with wine, appetizer and gratuity will run about $50/person total. The sushi is generous and uber-fresh. The Thai wings appetizer are another treat for two. My favorite entrees include duck curry, crab cakes, NC flounder, Japanese eggplant, but there's lots more. Perhaps the only entree I'd pass on would be the lamb, just because it hasn't lent itself to the inventive cooking here and there's so many other great choices. There's vegetarian and mild dishes for the spice-challenged. And for an unexpected decadence, the hot Macadamia cookies are made to order and melt in your mouth.

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Posted by Oren Leblang on 08/07/2013 at 6:13 PM

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Re: “A study in stillness in Ida

Not to be missed! Near perfect film for adults, with emotional depth and wallop, masterful structure and stunning B&W cinematography. Like a Mozart symphony or Anita Baker album, no gimmicks or wasted moments, just authenticity: this is the world and this is us in it.
I must strongly disagree with the review - "The stillness also represents a storytelling style that's austere to the point of being miserly. Pawlikowski provides very little detail about the central tragedy." All the story's painful facts are plainly there even if somehow you don't know Poland's 20th century tragedies; it just doesn't condescend to the audience by having characters literally tell you what is right in front of you! Hard to understand calling such a raw and emotional film "cold."
There's no violence in the film but rather the nuanced consequences of its aftermath. The title character was played by a young novice actor and while her role is not that strong, the story revolves more around others in the ensemble who were all absolutely excellent, particularly Wanda, Agata Kulesza . There's no emotional manipulation and yet I found a woman sobbing in the lobby. See this on a big screen while its here, don't wait for the DVD.

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Posted by Oren Leblang on 07/12/2014 at 7:42 PM

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