Sunday, 1 April 2012

CULTURE PICKS OF THE WEEK: D Major’s newest hit + Iyanla Vanzant’s latest bestseller + A Woody Allen Oscar winner

Hannah and Her Sisters
Director: Woody Allen

Long before Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Allen was musing on what he calls the “meaninglessness of life” with intelligent and heartwarming comedy-dramas like 1986’s Hannah and Her Sisters, a beautifully acted film about marriage and emotional mayhem starring Allen himself, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Max von Sydow and Mia Farrow. Coincidentally, both Caine and Wiest won supporting Academy Awards for their sturdy performances, and years later they would win again for supporting turns – Caine for The Cider House Rules and Wiest for Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway.

D Major – “That’s What Love’s About”
Producer: Wayne ‘Unga’ Thompson, Notice Productions

’Tis the season for beautifully romantic reggae ballads – and that naturally includes “That’s What Love’s About,” talented singer-songwriter Damian ‘D Major’ Codlin’s new smash hit, which is a wonderful, melodious meditation on the peaks and valleys of intimate relationships. At once relatable and terribly catchy, it’s a song that’s hard to resist – even as it reminds us that in the end, despite the ups and downs, love conquers all.

Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through
Author: Iyanla Vanzant
Publisher: Smiley Books

Bestselling author, motivational speaker and wise woman Iyanla Vanzant has returned to bookstores with her latest inspirational and insightful tome, Peace from Broken Pieces, in which she characteristically dishes up advice for troubled times while recounting the last decade of her life and the lessons learned about struggle, tragedy, and the price of success.

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