San Francisco Film Festival Preview, Part 3: Funny Nazis, a damaged rodeo rider, Hal Ashby, James Dean, and a pot-selling old man

Here's my last batch of San Francisco International Film Festival mini-reviews before the festival actually gets underway. As usual, they're in order from must-see to must-avoid. A+ To Be or Not To Be (original, 1942 version) The Nazis conquered Poland with frightening speed. But they prove no match for Carol Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst … Continue reading San Francisco Film Festival Preview, Part 3: Funny Nazis, a damaged rodeo rider, Hal Ashby, James Dean, and a pot-selling old man

Massive fraud and no one gets punished in The China Hustle

B+ Documentary Directed by Jed Rothstein As the stock market began to tank in 2008, a group of would-be heroes appeared on the horizon: some very exciting, new Chinese companies that looked like excellent investments. Well, why not? The theoretically Communist country is the largest market in the world, and one seemingly drunk on capitalism. … Continue reading Massive fraud and no one gets punished in The China Hustle

San Francisco Film Festival Preview, Part 2: Racism, homophobia, war, and children with incarcerated parents

Here's four more film you might want to see at the San Francisco International Film Festival: A The Miseducation of Cameron Post In the 1990s, two high-school girls get caught having sex. One of them (Chloe Grace Moretz), is sent to an ultra-Christian camp intended to cure teenagers of SSA (Same-Sex Attraction). Initially, she views … Continue reading San Francisco Film Festival Preview, Part 2: Racism, homophobia, war, and children with incarcerated parents