Mill Valley Film Festival and Oscar Predictions

If past is prologue, hundreds of Mill Valley Film Festival attendants have now seen this year's Best Picture Oscar winner. In every year since 2010, that coveted award went to a film that had its Bay Area premiere at Marin's big festival. Whatever it will be, I haven't yet seen this year's winner. Although I've … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival and Oscar Predictions

Closing the Mill Valley Film Festival with 3D and Disney Animation

Yes, I know. This year's Mill Valley Film Festival closes with several screenings of Loving. But I'm not able to attend any of them. So I finished my Mill Valley Film Festival with two special presentations at the Rafael. Both events were family friendly, and had quite a few children present. The 3D Sideshow As … Continue reading Closing the Mill Valley Film Festival with 3D and Disney Animation

Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Saturday afternoon, my wife and I drove across the Bay to the Lark for a Mill Valley Film Festival screening of the thoroughly outrageous comedy Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse. We arrived at the Lark just as the rain started falling. People think that a rainy day is perfect for movie going, but that's … Continue reading Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Mifune and The Handmaiden at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Quick notes on two films screening at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Both films have one more screening at the festival, and both will soon get a theatrical release. Mifune: The Last Samurai I caught this documentary at the Lark Friday night. Director Steven Okazaki introduced the film, describing his first Mifune experience: The Seven … Continue reading Mifune and The Handmaiden at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Saturday at the Mill Valley Film Festival

I spent Saturday at the Sequoia, where I caught three films in the Mill Valley Film Festival. They were all very good, and each was better than the one before it. She Started It We all know about tech industry sexism. Nora Poggi and Insiyah Saeed's documentary follows five young women (concentrating on two of … Continue reading Saturday at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 2

Here are five more films (mostly documentaries) that will screen at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. As usual, they're in order from best to worst. A Circus Kid Lorenzo Pisoni grew up as part of the Pickle Family Circus--the son of Pickle founder and director Larry Pisoni. It was not a happy childhood. In … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 2

Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 1

Over the course of this last week, I caught six films that will enjoy their Bay Area premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival. I list them here from best to worst. None of them are really bad, and most of them are very good. All six will have theatrical releases after the Festival, so … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 1