The Time of Our Singing is Powers's most compelling treatment of this theme, a generational narrative of a biracial family that is as well a deeply affective meditation on time, racial identity, and the complex engine of memory, big ideas that are here offered within a narrative of heartbreaking poignancy in which (without that forced sort of Forrest Gump hokiness
) characters confront, even participate in the landmark moments of midcentury history, from Hiroshima to the L.A.
Yet the UO logo does have a certain hokiness
; with its block letters it looks like something that belongs on Joe College's freshman beanie.
Mfon's self-portraits of her mastectomized torso, a meditation on beauty, heroism and tragedy expressed through the female body, lay bare the high-fashion hokiness
of Cox's costume drama.
The top prize winner at last year's Shanghai fest, "The Fly" should create buzz among those nostalgic for straightforward heart-tugging fare with just enough mod edge to avoid hokiness
With a touch of X Files, a smattering of The Omen and perhaps a little too much hokiness
, it's all agreeably daft fun.
Parsifal's concern with the miraculous (and with magic) is allpervasive, in Klingsor's lair as well as in the weird subtlety of Wagner's retrospective meditation on his own successes and power (much as Yeats does it in "The Circus Animal's Desertion"), but the work also expresses a tinge of self-deflation best rendered in modern productions that employ some parody and a bit of deliberate hokiness
Rather than humor, she ends up mostly with hokiness
(like the too-eager-to-please dog).
Pic slows a bit in final third, to allow for the inevitable touches of separation-and-reconciliation hokiness
. Much to the credit of everyone involved, however, even the sentimental elements are presented with a well-tuned sense of the loony-toony playfulness.