Jeanne Powell

Jeanne is a published poet and essayist. She holds degrees from Wayne State University and the University of San Francisco. Jeanne has taught in the CS, UB and OLLI programs at universities in the City. Her books in print include MY OWN SILENCE and WORD DANCING from Taurean Horn Press.
The Divine Order - Film Review - Mill Valley Film Festival

‘The Divine Order’ a gentle reminder of what the ordinary person can accomplish (Review)

In 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote.
Roman J. Israel, Esq. - Film Review

Film Review: Denzel Washington memorable in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

And don’t forget the classic soundtrack ranging from Duke Ellington and Pharoah Sanders to George Clinton Jr. and Marvin Gaye.
Victoria and Abdul - A Film Review

Film Review: ‘Victoria and Abdul’ makes point without bashing viewer over the head

Stephen Frears’ latest film, Victoria and Abdul, is a sequel of sorts to John Madden’s Mrs. Brown from 1997. Both films feature the incomparable Judi Dench as a widowed Queen Victoria, lifted from her deeply held grief by a bold and captivating male servant. Both films are firmly based...
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

Film Review: ‘The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue’

The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue is directed by Yuya Ishii, who also directed Sawako Decides in 2010. This latest film stands out both for its imaginative cinematography by Yoichi Kamakari and for the unusual source of its dialogue – the poetry of Tahi...
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

First Look: Japan Film Festival of San Francisco runs Sept. 1-10, concludes with J-POP Summit

The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only film celebration dedicated to Japanese cinema. In its fifth year, the festival in 2017 will feature a variety of genres, presented in the Japanese language with English subtitles. The film festival runs September 1st through 10th, ending with...
Step Film Review

‘Step’ will restore your faith in the human spirit

Uplifting film documents girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.
Hally Berry in 'Kidnap' - Film Review

‘Kidnap’ Film Review: Halle Berry is relentless in pursuit of her goal

Halle Berry’s latest film causes us to see her in a new light, perhaps in keeping with this summer’s other action films – a woman relentless in pursuit of her goal. She is not Wonder Woman or an MI-6 agent in the Cold War (Charlize Theron), but she is...
Ali Paris Trio Concert Review - San Francisco

Ali Paris Trio Concert Review: First rate flamenco, from Morocco to Andalucia

Last night, the Ali Paris Trio and friends filled the modest stage at Old First Church with passionate music. The international crowd included families who spoke Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Yiddish; and they cheered the accomplished musicians with love and ovations. This is the second of three Ali Paris concerts...
The Beguiled - Film Review

Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ complex, haunting, impressive (Review)

Sofia Coppola received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film version of The Beguiled, adapted from a 1966 southern gothic novel by Thomas Cullinan. Her intriguing interpretation is complex and haunting, and impressive. Barely had her film been released when critics and the viewing public...