Human Flow: The big and small of the refuge crisis

A Documentary Directed by Ai Weiwei If you keep up with international news to any serious degree, very few of the facts in this haunting documentary will surprise you (although some just might). But director Ai Weiwei isn't really trying to make you know more. He wants to make you feel more. But I'll start … Continue reading Human Flow: The big and small of the refuge crisis

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Force, The Player, & A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Here are three other movies I've seen. A The Force (2017), California Theater (Berkeley) No, this not a Star Wars movie, but a cinema verite documentary about the Oakland Police Department, shot over a period of two years. There's no narration, and if anything was staged for the movie cameras - even an interview - I … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Force, The Player, & A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Unhappy marriages: Thursday night at the Jewish Film Festival

Thursday night, I caught two movies at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. One was very good. One was very bad. No filmmakers attended their films at the Albany Twin that night. That's normal after the Festival moves from San Francisco to the East Bay. A- Personal Affairs This surprisingly sad comedy looks at a quietly dysfunctional … Continue reading Unhappy marriages: Thursday night at the Jewish Film Festival