Summertime: Lesbian love in 1971

A- Romantic drama Written by Catherine Corsini and Laurette Polmanss Directed by Catherine Corsini Note: I wrote this review almost a year ago, shortly before the film's screening at the 2016 Frameline festival. I assumed that it would receive an American theatrical release. It didn't. I just discovered that the movie is available on several … Continue reading Summertime: Lesbian love in 1971

The Student teaches us about religious fascism

A Drama Written and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov One determined student can manipulate his schoolmates, teachers, and the administration, disrupting an entire high school. All he needs is a fanatical belief and the will to do anything to achieve his goals. Kirill Serebrennikov's powerful drama, The Student, shows exactly how it can be done. It's … Continue reading The Student teaches us about religious fascism

A Clichéd Drama & a Moving Documentary: My SFFilm Thursday

Here's what I saw Thursday at the San Francisco International Film Festival: The Hero I caught this Sam Elliott vehicle at a matinee at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission. I felt it was about time that someone built a movie around Elliott. Now someone needs to make a good one. My problem with The Hero … Continue reading A Clichéd Drama & a Moving Documentary: My SFFilm Thursday

The Salesman: Arthur Miller & Sexual Assault in Iran

A Drama Written & directed by Asghar Farhadi An intruder assaults a woman in her own bathtub. As she slowly recovers physically and tries to recover emotionally, her husband's obsession with finding and punishing the perpetrator only makes things worse. In The Salesman, all points of view, and all emotional reactions, are understandable and believable--even when … Continue reading The Salesman: Arthur Miller & Sexual Assault in Iran

Fences and the Theatrical Adaptation Question

Screenwriters must rethink novels entirely to turn them into movies, because cinema and prose fiction are entirely different beasts. But a stage play, like a movie, consists of dialog and action, requires actors, and must fit into an evening's entertainment. Screenwriters need only find excuses to "open up" the play to more locations. And yet, … Continue reading Fences and the Theatrical Adaptation Question