documentary

To Be Takei Movie

To Be Takei

It’s hard “shocked” when information about a celebrity’s past is revealed. Nowadays information about someone gets dredged up by the TMZs of the world and distributed ad nauseam across social media. Plus, there is very little a celebrity could have done in his/her past that an older celebrity hadn’t already done, so when we hear Read More
The Dog Movie

The Dog

If you ask any film buff to rattle off a list of 10 great Al Pacino films, or if you avoid social interaction and just Google it, several crime dramas are guaranteed to appear (and usually in the Top 5), including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), and Sidney Read More
Alive Inside Movie

Alive Inside

If you listen to enough random music on the radio or the internet, you are likely to hear a song you haven’t heard in a long time. The opening strains or rousing chorus of a tune that moved you in your youth can suddenly move you again, sometimes in a way you haven’t felt since Read More
Rich Hill Movie

Rich Hill

“We’re not trash. We’re good people.” These are some of the first words we hear in Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill. The film, a Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, focuses on three adolescents living in Rich Hill, Missouri, a town of just under 1,400. That opening Read More
Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story Movie

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story

First-time filmmaker Michael Lee Nirenberg interviews his father, Bill Nirenberg, in his new documentary, but fuzzy sentimentality and paternal adoration plays little to no part in their on-camera conversation. Michael’s father was, after all, a “pornographer”, as he so gingerly puts it in the film’s early minutes. For many years, Bill was the art director Read More
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow Film Festival

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

The most renowned Jewish film festival in the world, the 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, kicks off tomorrow night at the Castro Theater for a three-week run of stunning, independent films from across the globe. Through every genre of cinema–from action, to documentary, to comedy, to romance–the festival’s line-up celebrates Jewish-ness for people from all Read More
Code Black Movie

Code Black

Ryan McGarry’s Code Black, an engrossing documentary about one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country, revolves around the idea that patient-doctor intimacy is a key factor in saving lives, and this intimacy is something the medical industry is quickly losing sight of.  McGarry, who in addition to directing serves as one of the film’s prominent Read More
A Family Leaves Home to Explore the World in The Nomadic Family Project News

A Family Leaves Home to Explore the World in The Nomadic Family Project

It’s an exciting time right now in the wonderful world of crowdfunding. I mean, it doesn’t get much more bonkers than a potato salad Kickstarter which, as of this writing, has raked in a mind-numbing $71,540, right? I know how enticing it must be to throw your hard-earned dollars at a random guy’s lunch, but let’s Read More
‘Life Itself’ Director Steve James Feels Lucky to Have Been With Roger in His Last Days Interview

‘Life Itself’ Director Steve James Feels Lucky to Have Been With Roger in His Last Days

Timeless sports docu Hoop Dreams was famously one of Roger Ebert’s favorite films. It’s fitting, then, that its director, Steve James, is the man behind Life Itself, a stirring collection of memories from Roger and his loved ones woven together to give us one final, lasting memory of arguably the most influential film critic of all time. Tracing Read More