Q Ball Film Review - San Francisco Film Festival

‘Q Ball’ Film Review: Rehabilitation is possible and even essential

Closing night at the 2019 San Francisco Film Festival featured Q Ball, a powerful documentary about basketball with Kevin Durant as an executive producer. This was the premiere showing for the film. A Fox Sports Film release, Q Ball has multiple producers and executive producers.In this film director and...
Film Review: 'When I'm A Moth'

Film Review: ‘When I’m a Moth’ a fascinating film inspired by a line or two from Hillary Clinton memoir

A parable about America, political narratives, and the absence of free will.
SFFILM Review: 'Official Secrets'

Film Capsule Review: ‘Official Secrets’ at SFFILM

Based on the book, "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War" by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell, Official Secrets at the SFFILM Festival unfolds in the tradition of All The President’s Men and Three Days of the Condor.A loyal citizen comes into possession of sensitive information which places her...
SFFILM Review: 'When I'm a Moth'

Film Capsule Review: ‘When I’m a Moth’ at SFFILM

When I'm a Moth is an intriguing film, told in a dreamy visual style that fictionalizes a moment in Hillary Rodham’s life, just before she enters law school. Inspired by a brief reference in Hillary’s memoir, co-directors Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak speculate with sensitivity and poetic imagination on...
Q Ball documentary at SFFILM in San Francisco

Film Capsule Review: ‘Q Ball’ documentary at SFFILM Festival

Across the Bay from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is another Warriors team, one that plays only home games. These San Quentin Prison athletes are profiled in Q Ball a fascinating documentary, made possible by Kevin Durant, who is executive producer. Directed by Mike Tolajian, this SFFILM Festival...

Review: Revisiting ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ at Mostly British Film Festival in San Francisco

As part of the Mostly British Film Festival in San Francisco, the English film, Four Weddings and a Funeral, was celebrated with a champagne reception and a well-attended showing at the Vogue Theatre. The film was nominated for two American Oscars and two Golden Globes. In England, the movie...
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Fyre a sad, but not surprising indictment of influencer culture

If there was any doubt that influencer culture had an ugly side you need only watch one of two decent docs now streaming on Netflix (Fyre) and Hulu (Fyre Fraud).By now, most know at least something about the infamous Fyre Festival. For me, it was that not-even-cafeteria standard cheese...
Mary Queen of Scots - Film Review - Stark Insider

Margot Robbie captures attention in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ (Review)

Essayist Jeanne Powell's take on film Mary, Queen of Scots.Queen Mary Stuart has been celebrated and profiled on stage and screen since Friedrich Schiller’s play in 1800, Gaetano Donizetti’s opera in 1835 and an acclaimed Broadway production in 2005 directed by Phyllida Lloyd. In films she has been portrayed...
Emma Stone in The Favourite

Juicy romp ‘The Favourite’ should garner Oscar buzz for Emma Stone (Review)

The Favourite is a juicy and irreverent romp through the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714), with a focus on her years as a widow under the political influence of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough.Through the use of potent dramatic sketches and brilliant cinematography, director Yorgos...
Film Review: Superb documentary 'Perfect Note' profiles San Francisco's Café Jacqueline

Film Review: ‘Perfect Note’ tells uplifting story about San Francisco’s Café Jacqueline

Café Jacqueline, near the intersection of Grant and Union in San Francisco, has been a culinary legend for 27 years. This tiny restaurant in the heart of North Beach is the subject of a short documentary Perfect Note, Perfect Taste screened at the 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival.Chef Jacqueline grew...