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Yellow Asphalt Review


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What does Yellow Asphalt teach us? Well, for starters, that life pretty much sucks for the nomadic Bedouin people who live in the deserts of the Middle East. And they don't like technology or other modern trappings, which invariably cause harm to the tribe.

Dan Verete takes this idea and puts a cryptic spin on it in Yellow Asphalt, a budget affair that exposes the generally sad existence of the Bedouins while providing a precious twinkle of insight into their lives.

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Anne Frank Review


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So what happened after Anne Frank got busted and stopped writing her diary? The TV movie Anne Frank tells us not only of her days in the annex but also what happened afterwards -- namely, being shipped off to Auschwitz. Based not on her famed diary but on Melissa Muller's biography of Anne, the film also covers the time before the Franks sequestered themselves in the hiding, when Anne was just a preteen worried about boys.

Hannah Taylor-Gordon is an interesting find for the role of Anne, her few credits belying her ability before the camera. The story itself is, at three hours, far too long to carry our attention -- most notably because the scenes in the annex are overly repetitious and can't carry the hour and a half they are asked to do. Although Ben Kingsley is quite good in these scenes, starring as Anne's father, he can't cut through the plodding repetition. After only 10 minutes, we get it -- it was really claustrophobic up there.

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