Yesterday I saw two outstanding films at the LA Jewish Film Festival. First, I was treated to a screening of Lunch, directed by Donna Kanter, which featured arguable the most talented comedy writers and directors talking at their regular lunch meeting at a local deli in Los Angeles. It was spectacular to see how funny these guys still are, and how age has not changed their wit and sharp minds. This was following by a Question and Answer session with the cast of the film. It was a genuine pleasure seeing them in person. A simply wonderful film that made me laugh out loud.
Then I saw the US Premiere of Neil Diamond: Solitary Man, directed by Samantha Peters. This is an outstanding documentary of the beloved singer/songwriter, and clearly and movingly covers his life from his Brooklyn beginnings to his perennial popularity of today. I have always been a special fan of Neil Diamond's, and from this film, you find out exactly why and how this shy kid from Brooklyn learned to connect, from the heart, with millions around the world. Not to be missed, it moved me.
By the way, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this festival. I'm Christian, and to a person have been made to feel warmly welcomed. Tickets are still available but be warned, the lines can get long so get tickets and arrive early. This exceptional film festival is not to be missed. lajfilmfest.org.