Latino Cinema, a Kevin Smith Thriller, and Silent Films Before Live Theatre

Here’s a trio of current and upcoming events: San Francisco Latino Film Festival This film festival opened Friday, and I didn’t even know about it. My apologies. It runs in the City, Berkeley, Marin, and San Jose through the 25th. Check the web site to see what’s playing. Kevin Smith’s Red State Kevin Smith—the writer … Continue reading Latino Cinema, a Kevin Smith Thriller, and Silent Films Before Live Theatre

What’s Screening: September 16 – 22

The Santa Rosa International Film Festival continues through Tuesday.  From Britain with Love continues at the Rafael through Sunday. The Irish Film Festival opens Thursday. B- Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology, Embarcadero, Shattuck,opens Friday. Tiffany Shlain had Tree-of-Life-level ambitions for her documentary about life, human evolution, networking, her father’s terminal cancer, and … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 16 – 22

Mill Valley Film Festival On the Way

The kids are back in school. The sun is setting a little earlier. The big-budget special effects extravaganzas are giving way to the occasional thoughtful film. You know what that means. This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival can’t be far behind. This is the other big general film festival for Bay Area cinephiles, after the … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival On the Way

Wings of Defeat

I wrote this review in 2008, after previewing this documentary before its screening at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival. I held back the full-length review for the film's planned theatrical release. I feel now that I've held it back long enough, so I'm posting it now. Unfortunately, Wings of Defeat isn't available in any form. Historical … Continue reading Wings of Defeat

What’s Screening: September 9 – 15

The Brainwash Movie Festival runs tonight and Saturday night. The Iranian Film Festival runs Saturday and Sunday.  From Britain with Love just keeps going at the Rafael. And the Santa Rosa International opens Wednesday. B+ Shaolin, 4-Star, opens Friday. The Buddhist monks in Benny Chan’s new period piece hate bloodshed, but they still get to … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 9 – 15

Shaolin

B+ Period action film One expects monks—at least of the Buddhist variety—to abhor violence. Yet the Shaolin Temple is known as an important center of Kung Fu. The monks in Benny Chan’s new period piece hate bloodshed, but they still get to beat up a lot of bad guys. The movie starts with a pacifistic … Continue reading Shaolin