A Thousand Splendid Suns - Review at A.C.T. San Francisco

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ breaks hearts in spite of its flaws

Khaled Hosseini’s novel A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two Afghani women, Laila and Mariam. Both end up married to the abusive Rasheed during the oppressive reign of the Taliban, but their friendship flourishes in these harsh conditions. Ursula Rani Sarma’s theatrical adaptation, currently receiving its world...
Damien Chazelle directing on set of LA LA LAND. Photo courtesy: Summit.

BTS La La Land: Damien Chazelle directing Emma Stone

One of the most talked about films in recent memory is La La Land. There's good reason for that. Writer-director Damien Chazelle has done the near impossible: reboot the storied musical for the big screen. And, to boot, there's plenty of agreeable ingredients here: strong performances by leads Ryan Gosling and...
Canon DSLRs dominate Super Bowl

Camera Trendspotting: Canon here, Canon there, Canon everywhere

"Canon Dominates Sidelines at Super Bowl LI" Who knew?! If you follow camera forums and geeks and tastemakers over the last few years, you'd think Canon DSLRs were all but dead. After all, who can make a film without 4K?! (oops, forgot: Canon DSLRs were used by Danny Boyle for 127...
Shooting video with the Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i: Still a great DSLR for shooting video

It's easy to get caught up in everything that is shiny and new. And when it comes to camera gear -- like a lot of things technology-based -- there is always something shiny and new. Sony a6500. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Fujifilm X-T2. Sony Alpha a99 II. And the...

Sony FE 100mm F2.8: One telephoto lens to rule them all?

Portrait, nature, wedding and fashion photographers, you may want to get out your checkbooks. Fans of butter smooth bokeh might want to, as well those looking for high quality glass for shooting video interviews. Sony today released a killer new 100mm telephoto lens -- at least it looks that way on...

Stark Insider Wanderlust: Towers Lotte New York Palace

Without a doubt, NYC is one of the world’s most exciting places to visit, crammed with irresistible restaurants, shops, museums, and theater... but let’s face it, while it may be the city that never sleeps that doesn’t mean you won’t want to! After jostling through crowds all day all I...

What’s Happening: ‘LUZIA’ by Cirque du Soleil arrives in San Jose

Good news for those who enjoy the performing arts in Silicon Valley and, in particular, Cirque du Soleil! San Jose. Congratulations. It's now your turn. After a successful run in San Francisco, Cirque du Soleil's newest touring show has moved South down Highway 101 to the capital of Silicon Valley. And...
Stark Insider - Loni Dancing on Sushi Roll