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WESTERN: alienated man goes native

In the evocative and thought-provoking German drama Western, a crew of German hardhats sets up a construction camp on a remote Bulgarian mountainside to build a water power plant.  They aren’t cultural tourists and certainly not diplomats, and they see … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: MEET THE PATELS – a documentary funnier than most comedies

Meet the Patels is both a documentary and a comedy – and ultimately, a satisfying crowd-pleaser. Over several years, filmmaker Geeta Patel filmed her own brother Ravi and their parents in their quest to find a wife for Ravi. Ravi … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER – fresh, unpredictable and gripping

For the second week in a row, I’m featuring one of my Best Movies of 2016 – So Far. San Jose native Matt Sobel’s impressive directorial debut Take Me to the River is entirely fresh. Not one thing happens in … Continue reading

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: notes from a San Jose filmmaker Matt Sobel

I attended a pre-release screening of Take Me to the River  at the Camera Cinema Club, followed by a Skype interview by Tim Sika with writer-director Matt Sobel.  Here are some nuggets from that interview. Like me, Sobel is a … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER – fresh, unpredictable and gripping

My DVD/Stream for the next two weeks is one of my Best Movies of 2016 – So Far. San Jose native Matt Sobel’s impressive directorial debut Take Me to the River is entirely fresh. Not one thing happens in Take … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: MEET THE PATELS – a documentary funnier than most comedies

Meet the Patels is both a documentary and a comedy – and ultimately, a satisfying crowd-pleaser. Over several years, filmmaker Geeta Patel filmed her own brother Ravi and their parents in their quest to find a wife for Ravi. Ravi … Continue reading

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: fresh, unpredictable and gripping

San Jose native Matt Sobel’s impressive directorial debut Take Me to the River is entirely fresh.  Not one thing happens in Take Me to the River that you can predict, and it keeps the audience off-balance and completely engaged. A … Continue reading

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2015 at the movies: most fun at the movies

My favorite movie-going experiences in 2015: San Francisco’s Noir City film fest, with the double feature Woman on the Run and Born to Be Bad. Cinequest, especially seeing the raucously funny Wild Tales with The Wife and friends Cinequest at … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

First things first – the Camera Cinema Club is kicking off its 20th season this weekend, and it’s an absolute MUST for Silicon Valley film lovers.  I explain why in these comments.   I’ve been a Club member since its 2003-04 … Continue reading

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CAMERA CINEMA CLUB – a MUST for Silicon Valley Film Lovers

An absolute MUST for Silicon Valley film lovers, the Camera Cinema Club is kicking off its 20th season this weekend. It’s your chance to see ten as yet unreleased films for $160.   There’s usually an post-screening Q&A with a … Continue reading

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