What’s Screening: October 19 – 25

Faust with live music, a Dashiell Hammett double bill, a porn epic, a preview of Alfonso Cuarón's follow-up to Gravity, and five film festivals play this week in Bay Area theaters. Festivals The San Francisco Greek Film Festival closes Saturday The Arab Film Festival closes Sunday Modern Cinema>Satyajit Ray: Intimate Universes also closes Sunday. Read … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 19 – 25

Lebanon & Beale Street: Closing Day of the Mill Valley Film Festival

This year's Mill Valley Film Festival closed Sunday. I caught two narrative films there. I loved them both. Both films will get theatrical releases in the near future. A Capernaum Children living in poverty have to do for themselves in this heartbreaking story of love and the lack of love. Twelve-year-old Zain sues his parents for … Continue reading Lebanon & Beale Street: Closing Day of the Mill Valley Film Festival

The West meets Islam on the Mill Valley Film Festival’s penultimate day

I saw three films Saturday at the Mill Valley Film Festival - all at the Rafael. Two were narratives, one was a documentary. All three dealt with the line between Islam and the West. A- Northern WindThis essentially serious film offers flashes of humor while studying the universality of working-class struggle. Two blue-collar men, who … Continue reading The West meets Islam on the Mill Valley Film Festival’s penultimate day

Comedy Weekdays at the Mill Valley Film Festival

I saw one Mill Valley Film Festival screening on Monday, and another two on Wednesday. Oddly, not a single documentary. Even odder, all three movies were comedies - a genre generally considered too frivolous for film festivals. In the order I saw them: A- Seder Masochism Nina Paley created this blasphemous and hilarious adult animation … Continue reading Comedy Weekdays at the Mill Valley Film Festival