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Twin Peaks The Return Review

Twin Peaks Returns: David Lynch doubles down on Lynchian (Review)

It is happening again, this time on Showtime. And legions of David Lynch and Twin Peaks fans are welcoming the director's swan song with open arms (and cherry pies).
Bentonville Walmart Museum

Wanderlust: The little town that could… and did!

Travel writer Janice Nieder explores the charming town of Bentonville, Arkansas and discovers art, whimsical museums, and Walmart founder Sam Walton's prophetic to-do list.
King Arthur Film Review: Jude Law

Film Review: An entertaining ‘King Arthur’ (Legend of the Sword)

Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur' (Legend of the Sword) opens today. Film critic Jeanne Powell has a first look review for Stark Insider. The new Warner Brothers film based on the legend of King Arthur has potential to be a blockbuster this summer. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the picture clearly targets...
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Panasonic Lumix GH5 Camera: Pros and cons of shooting a short film or video

Some pros and cons of shooting a short film with the new Panasonic GH5. Plus final V-Log L footage in new short psychological drama 'Crazy or Die' by Clint Stark. The biggest camera news for 2017, at least in the sub $2,000 market, is probably the new Panasonic Lumix GH5. It...
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Blade Runner 2049 Official Trailer: The best moment is…

There's a lot to like about the just released official trailer for Blade Runner 2049. The sequel to the almost-best-ever sci-fi movie (#1 would be Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey) is, in a cliche, stunning. With film veteran Roger Deakins helming the cinematography rest assured we expected it to...

Montalvo Arts Center reveals 2017 summer concert series

Jay Leno, The B-52s, Gregory Porter lead strong summer concert line-up at historic outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre.
Loni Stark in Crazy or Die

Crazy or Die: New short film starring Loni Stark premieres Wed 5/3 on Stark Insider

I’ll burn down what’s between us... It's finally through the edit. Look for our new original short Crazy or Die starring Loni Stark right here on Stark Insider on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. If you've followed Stark Insider through the years, you might know that a camera test for us is actually...
The Encounter - Curran Review

An intimate and incredible Encounter

The first minutes of The Encounter (currently at the Curran) are a mix between technological witchcraft and light hypnosis. After a brief introduction about the nature of fact and fiction, you put on your headphones as instructed. Then things get weird. Actor Simon McBurney claims to be “in the...

An icy Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater

Logical holes undercut the coherence of the plot.
The Long Excuse - Film Review

‘The Long Excuse’ and the refusal to acknowledge loss (Film Review)

Stark Insider indie film review: The Long Excuse which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Writer-director Miwa Nishikawa’s thoughtfully woven film is a reflection on the challenges of marriage. Nishikawa’s previous films gave us characters operating in a world of dubious ethics or no ethics at all...