Peter Wong

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A German Life

Reviews From 2016 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Posted July 19, 2016 by

The documentary “A German Life” unsettles viewers by considering complicity in Nazism based on career choice.   Directors Christian Krones, Olaf Muller, Roland Schrotthofer, and Florian Weigensamer raise disturbing questions on this topic through a very mundane Nazi. Subject Brunhilde Pomsel
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Off The Rails

More Reviews From The 15th San Francisco DocFest

Posted June 16, 2016 by

What did Florida television newscaster Christine Chubbick’s on-air suicide mean?  Kate Lyn Sheil, one of the two subjects of Robert Greene’s amazing S.F. DocFest Centerpiece film “Kate Plays Christine,” attempts to answer that question.  Tasked to play the doomed Chubbick,
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Reviews From The 40th Frameline LGBT Film Festival

Posted June 16, 2016 by

Aaron Brookner’s documentary “Uncle Howard” is both a love letter and a tribute to a dead but talented man. Criterion Collection aficionados will recognize Howard Brookner as director of the acclaimed documentary “Burroughs: The Movie.”  Nephew Aaron Brookner helped restore
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The Promised Band

Reviews From 15th San Francisco DocFest

Posted June 2, 2016 by

Two programs at the 15th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (aka S.F. DocFest) will be devoted to this year’s Vanguard Award winner, filmmaker Sean Dunne. Included in a program of Dunne’s short documentaries is his latest work “Trump Rally.”  Set
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Posted May 17, 2016 by

Ben Wheatley’s cinematic adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel “High-Rise” manages to simultaneously keep its feet in both modernity and the past.  The titular building, with its 40-story height and beautiful yet ascetic amenities, would fit in today’s cityscape.  Yet such
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