Category Archives: Rants and Ruminations

for fans of HOUSE OF CARDS

Season Five of House of Cards is now available on Netflix.  One of the jewels of Seasons 3 and 4 was the character of Victor Petrov, a thinly-disguised Vladimir Putin played by the Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen.  (It doesn’t look … Continue reading

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coming up on TV: a Korean War movie sampler

Turner Classic Movies usually serves up war movies on the Memorial Day weekend, and, on May 27, TCM will present an uncommon slate of Korean War movies.  Most of the featured films were made between 1951 and 1957 – more … Continue reading

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Remembering Jonathan Demme

If he had made no other films, Jonathan Demme, who has died, would be forever remembered for his horror masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Rarely has a film had such an immediate, visceral impact on me. I had … Continue reading

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THE LOST CITY OF Z: director James Gray

As I wrote on Friday, with The Lost City of Z, director James Gray revives the entire genre of the historical adventure epic. I saw The Lost City of Z earlier this month at the San Francisco International Film Festival … Continue reading

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SFFILM: interview with DISCREET director Travis Mathews

Here’s an interview with San Francisco filmmaker Travis Mathews, the writer-director of Discreet.  Mathews has also directed Do I Look Fat?, I Want Your Love, Interior. Leather Bar. and the In Their Room documentary series.  The San Francisco International Film … Continue reading

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Cinequest at mid-fest

Cinequest 2017 opened with the Shirley MacLaine comedy The Last Word, which was well-received by the festival audience, as was the adapted-from-best-seller comedy Carrie Pilby. The Australian crime drama Goldstone was another strong entry, leaving the laughably wretched The Ottoman … Continue reading

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The Movie Gourmet’s 2017 Oscar Dinner

Every year, we watch the Oscars while enjoying a meal inspired by the Best Picture nominees. For example, we had sushi for Lost in Translation, cowboy campfire beans for Brokeback Mountain and Grandma Ethel’s Brisket for A Serious Man – … Continue reading

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Cinequest Insiders Look at the 2017 Festival

The Movie Gourmet asked the folks who pick the movies at Cinequest about this year’s program. MIKE RABEHL is Cinequest’s Director of Programming/Associate Director. Is there any remarkable new filmmaking talent with a first or second film (like Lost Solace … Continue reading

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Two Brand New Aspects of Cinequest 2017

Cinequest veterans will notice two entirely new aspects to this year’s festival. First, although Cinequest maintains its Downtown San Jose roots, much of the festival will expand to Redwood City. When the beloved Camera 12 Theater closed, that left a … Continue reading

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Farewells: John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Emmanuelle Riva

In the past few days, we have lost the actors John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore and Emmanuelle Riva. John Hurt’s magnificent career started in the 1960s, but I first noticed him in 1976 when he leaped out of the screen … Continue reading

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