Arts & Entertainment


19th San Francisco IndieFest Reviews

Posted February 2, 2017 by

The more obvious fraud chronicled in Dean Fleischer-Camp’s film “Fraud” is the illusion of American consumerist prosperity.  Perpetrating that fraud is the Reynolds family.  This typical white nuclear family living in North Carolina can seemingly afford elaborate birthday parties and
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Best Films Of 2016 Countdown

Posted January 5, 2017 by

In some ways, film provided for this writer a respite from 2016’s continual air of death and horror.  For this atypical year’s countdown, documentaries and feature films were broken down into separate categories.  A number of worthy documentary features came
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“The Brand New Testament”—Review

Posted December 15, 2016 by

“God is a malign thug.”  This was award-winning fantasist Harlan Ellison’s summation of a point once made by revered American writer Mark Twain.  Wars, hunger, racism, religious intolerance, and glorified income inequality are some of the ills that have continually
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Four New Anti-Capitalism Comics For the Holidays

Posted December 12, 2016 by

The mainstream news media and certain “bipartisan” politicians may be happy to peddle the lie that having the incoming Trump Administration billionaire autocratic overlords running the federal government is normal.  Fortunately, a quartet of currently available pieces of graphic literature
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Matt Swindells’ “Mancunian Candidate”

Posted December 8, 2016 by

Matt Swindells, an extraordinarily gifted drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Manchester ex-patriate who makes his home in San Francisco these days, provides the rhythmic pulse for some of the Bay area’s finest jazz musicians. Swindells has also lent his talents as
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Sophia Takal’s New Thriller, “Always Shine”

Posted November 22, 2016 by

Sophia Takal’s new film “Always Shine” may lack the commercial buzz of “Fantastic Beasts” and “Moana.”  Yet this psychological thriller, which opens this Friday at the Roxie Theatre, skillfully infuses a genre tale with unsettling psychological insight. Takal’s choice of
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