Film Reviews: The Salesman, A Separation, and the Muslim Ban

The so-called Muslim ban made certain that the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony would have a reason to be political. Writer/director Asghar Farhadi announced that he would not attend. Although the ban has been stayed, it is not clear if Farhadi will change his mind and attend.

Series Review: Underground

Underground is a fascinating study of the dangerous times of slavery where the morality of both the slaves and the enslaved are studied with sympathy and, at times, curious objectivity. No character is purely evil nor good. Writers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski created characters whose are neither saints nor...

Film Review: The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle is both a new Studio Ghibli animated feature and it isn’t. There is nothing Ghibli in its style, following neither the illustration style of Hayao Miyazaki nor Isao Takahata.

Film Review: Lion

Here’s a film which combines narrative in two countries. In this case, India and Australia.

Documentary: I Am Not Your Negro

Rarely is a documentary so poetically socially conscious. Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro is about James Baldwin (1924–1987) and is drawn from his unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Baldwin contemplates the murders of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Film Review: Hidden Figures

There’s a sequence early on in Hidden Figures that might touch the heart strings of most Mensans. A young child wearing glasses proves to be so special, a school administrator has a special conference with her parents. Shapes from a stained glass window, float into the air before the young...

Series Review: The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown returns to PBS with Benedict Cumberbatch as one of Shakespeare’s best known villains: Richard III. The period prior to the infamous Henry VIII is rich with Richards and Henrys (three each), murders and betrayals, but Richard III’s rapid ascent to the throne is perhaps the most famous....

GLAAM Bright Kids Build Rockets!

The Mensa Bright Kids Group in West Los Angeles met in November for an introductory class on rocket building. The class was instructed by Martin Bowitz, president of the Southern California Rocket Association. Martin helped Ness, Sophie, Sam, Abby, Max, Gael, Grant, Bill, Rex, and Anahi to each build their...

Mensan Thanksgiving Gathering

A dozen Mensans showed up for Thanksgiving at Hometown Buffet in Burbank, including Nikki Frey, Valley Area Secretary Joyce Hamilton, and Jana. One Mensan described to us how he won a large amount in the lottery with “second chance” tickets. Lee brought his two sons; Madeline and Doug came up...

Film Review: The Arrival

This film was good. It was very slow-paced. The sight of a large shaped object just hanging in the space a few feet from the ground — not going anywhere. Lurking.

Mensa’s Open Forum Open to All

The latest installment of Open Forum at 2049 Century Park East, 29th floor, featured Seena Sharp, author of Competitive Intelligence Advantage: How to Minimize Risks, Avoid Surprises, and Grow Your Business in a Changing World.

Picnic Report

In October, GLAAM had a terrific Fall Picnic in Griffith Park, with over 60 people in attendance. These picnics started as a chance for the members of Mensa and their guests to get together and enjoy a day in the fresh air. The last few times, with some encouraging email...

Rose Parade Photos

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