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Freer Sackler: Welcome Relief From the Mall—Restroom

August 11, 2014

The Freer Sackler Gallery has many restrooms from which to choose, depending upon where you are in the Gallery. On this particular afternoon I was going to see a film in the Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium. Entering the Gallery from Independence Avenue, and after having my purse inspected, I made my way to the closest restroom near the guard. On a hot, humid August day, this room provided a refreshing break—cool and light—just what the doctor ordered.Freer Sackler

The restroom has four stalls and one handicapped booth, all with automatic flushers. There are four sinks, each with soap dispensers and a wall of mirrors above the sinks. The room has two paper towel dispensers and, for a change, there is no waving of hands or other gyrations necessary—you just pull the paper. At 1:30 p.m. the restroom was still neat and fully stocked. The room has a changing table and a little couch on which to sit.

This is a great place to be before partaking in some culture in other parts of the Gallery, attending one of the Gallery’s movies or just taking a break from the heat.

Freer Sackler 1050 Independence Ave SW,Washington, DC

Motorway: Furious and Fast—Movie

June 25, 2013

Shown as part of the 18th Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival (DC) at the FreerΙSackler Gallery,  “Motorway” brings to mind “The Fast and the Furious” coupled with the ferociousness of the “ The French Connection” and the sensibility of “Drive.”

Directed by Hong Kong director, Pou-Soi Cheang, with original story by American Joey O’Bryan and screenplay by O’Bryan and Kam-Yuen Szeto (Hong Kong), “Motorway” is the story of a secret police unit charged with monitoring and hunting down illegal auto racers.

Shawn Yue, as Sean, is a brash rookie on the secret unit with a huge chip on his shoulder and the skills of a race car driver. In his mind he’s saddled with a by-the-book veteran, Lo (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang) who’s overly cautious and just gets in his way. It’s when Sean nails an infamous get-away driver only to be outmaneuvered by him mentally and physically twice that he comes to appreciate the unknown…to him…skills of his partner.motorway-2012

The car chase sequences are phenomenal as are the shots of the drivers. The problem is that there are too many chases and many of them are in the dark. They become boring and sometimes hard to follow. Thankfully the drivers have markedly different colored cars so we can tell who is who.

“Motorway”‘isn’t all car chases, however. We do get a bit of romance in the form of Barbie Hsu which brings a much-needed lightness to the story.

Recipient of  both the Best Picture and Best Director awards by the Hong Kong Film Critics Association,”Motorway” is not without its merits. It is fun to see the Hong-Kong take on action films, especially in the hands of its renowned director. I just wish it was a little more interesting.

The Festival runs through August 4.

2 nuggets out of 4

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