Jun 29, 2022

Summer Anti-Blockbusters

The two-year-long pandemic drought of new movies has blossomed into a bumper crop of indies in all flavors, shapes and sizes.  Genre is king once again, particularly horror and thrillers. As usual, there seems to be some inverse correlation between budget and imagination—in fact, bigger tabs generally indicate less creativity...
Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah
Apr 6, 2022

Cinequest’s Cinejoy

For almost a full week now, Cinequest’s online festival Cinejoy has been streaming new works for savvy cineastes to...
When We Were Bullies on HBO
Mar 30, 2022

Jay Rosenblatt’s When We Were Bullies

There are documentarians, and then there is Jay Rosenblatt.  Other doc-makers tend to migrate from the general to the specific...
Mar 16, 2022

Mark Rylance in The Outfit

The Outfit is an odd little crime drama that gets raised up a notch by the performance of Mark...
Jan 19, 2022

Made in China

Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s documentary, Manufactured Landscapes (2006), did a wonderful job depicting the brave new world of...
Hollow TV screen with a river behind it
Jan 2, 2022

Life Is But a Stream: Movie Trends in 2021

Things fall apart. Markets fragment. The critic’s traditional “top 10” list means less in this era of diversified audiences....
Nov 17, 2021

‘Togacinco’ Premieres at the Ritz

Ryan DiBiase was blown away that 225 people showed up to The Ritz in 2017 to see his latest skate...

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