Religious fanatics and a strange honeymoon: Tuesday at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

I saw three films at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Tuesday. Two were documentaries about ultra-Orthodox Jews connecting with outsiders. The third was a dramatic comedy about a Holocaust vacation. I don't have to tell you why these are Jewish films. They're obvious. City of Joel A short fiction film, Black Hat, preceded the … Continue reading Religious fanatics and a strange honeymoon: Tuesday at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The King of Comedy, White Heat, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood, & The Bellboy

Despite the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, I've managed to watch four movies that weren't particularly Jewish. A The King of Comedy (1982) Netflix DVD Martin Scorscee's meditation on celebrity and fandom (written by Paul D. Zimmerman) feels in a strange way like a much less violent Taxi Driver. Like Travis Bickle, Rupert Pupkin (Robert … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The King of Comedy, White Heat, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood, & The Bellboy

A lovable Hollywood mogul, the Holocaust & the Occupation, and the man who made Casablanca: Saturday at the SF Jewish Film Fest

I saw three movies at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Saturday. Two of them were documentaries, the other was a fiction film based on history. One of them was the best I've seen at this year's festival. Another was the worst. Carl Laemmle This interesting, entertaining, but conventional documentary tells us that the creator … Continue reading A lovable Hollywood mogul, the Holocaust & the Occupation, and the man who made Casablanca: Saturday at the SF Jewish Film Fest

A Daredevil Photographer and the invention of a movie camera: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival moves to Albany

Thursday evening, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival spread out to the East Bay, screening films at the Albany Twin. This makes my commute much easier. The festival is still going on at the Castro through Sunday. Here are the first two films I've seen so far at the Albany. Both are about photography, but … Continue reading A Daredevil Photographer and the invention of a movie camera: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival moves to Albany