Nowhere to Hide: Powerful, important, & horribly depressing

A- Documentary Directed by Zaradasht Ahmed The experience of sitting through this documentary can best be described as harrowing, gruesome, scary, and deeply depressing. At yet, I have to recommend it. You'll be a better person for seeing Nowhere to Hide. In 2011, as American troops left Iraq, the filmmakers gave a small video camera … Continue reading Nowhere to Hide: Powerful, important, & horribly depressing

Jewish Film Festival Preview, Part 1

Here's my first, 2017 collection of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival mini-reviews. As usual, I'm starting with the must-sees and ending with the easy-to-misses. A 1945 August 1945. Two Orthodox Jews get off the train in a small Hungarian town. Who are they and what do they want? But this movie isn't about them. It's about the … Continue reading Jewish Film Festival Preview, Part 1

What’s Screening: June 23 – 29

Samurai, dancers, Mary Pickford, and alienated teenagers light up Bay Area movie screens this week. Also two film festivals. Festivals Frameline continues through Sunday The Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival opens today and runs through Sunday New films opening A Maudie, Embarcadero, opens Friday Here's a love story, set on the beautiful Nova Scotia coast, about … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 23 – 29

This year’s Jewish Film Fest deals with refugees, music, romance, and yes, genocide

This year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival focuses considerably on the traditional command of tikkun olam (healing the world). Several of the films have little or nothing to do with Judaism, but they are very much about justice, charity, freedom, and cleaning the planet - all parts of tikkun olam. But not all. The festival … Continue reading This year’s Jewish Film Fest deals with refugees, music, romance, and yes, genocide

What’s Screening: June 16 – 22

Danny Kaye, Batman, Toshiro Mifune, and a silent Dracula hit Bay Area movie screens this week. Also, three new films and two on-going film festivals. Festivals The San Francisco Black Festival continues through Sunday Frameline continues through this week and beyond New films opening B The Women's Balcony, Clay, opens Friday A section of a … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 16 – 22

Orthodox wars in The Women’s Balcony

B Comedy/drama Written by Shlomit Nehama Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon A section of a synagogue collapses, and a war breaks out amongst Orthodox Jews over just how Orthodox they will be. Not surprisingly, it becomes a war of the sexes in this light comedy. I don't know how well non-Jews will understand The Women's Balcony. … Continue reading Orthodox wars in The Women’s Balcony