Category Archive: Film Festival

CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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The Bay Area’s CAAMFest (Center for Asian American Media Festival) begins tomorrow, opening with the documentary Tyrus, which tells the life story of Tyrus Wong, a 105-year-old artist most well-known for his work… Continue reading

Review: Atomic Heart (Ahmadzade, 2014) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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Drunk and giggly, Arineh (Taraneh Alidoosti, Fireworks Wednesday and About Elly) and Nobahar (Pegah Ahangarani) leave a party and begin driving home. The two women, who are evidently close friends, hum children’s tunes and… Continue reading

Review: Drawing the Tiger (Benson & Squire, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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Through their first feature-length documentary film, Drawing the Tiger, filmmakers Amy Benson and Scott Squire follow the fortunes of one rural Nepali family over the course of seven years. The Darnals are typical Nepali… Continue reading

Review: Pali Road (Lim, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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Pali Road is a psychological thriller set in gorgeous Oahu, starring Taipei-born actress Michelle Chen, Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), and Sung Kang (Fast & Furious franchise). The film, which is director Jonathan Hua Lang… Continue reading

Review: Certain Women (Reichardt, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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You came to watch Certain Women for the cast (headliners: Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern), for director Kelly Reichardt, or even, if you’re a bibliophile, for Maile Meloy. And you were not… Continue reading

Review: Mi Amiga del Parque (Katz, 2015) – Sundance 2016

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You can get some pretty weird stuff in the Sundance World Cinema category (a blood-drinking serial murderer, a mentally-disturbed vegetarian), but Mi Amiga del Parque is just about the opposite of weird. Set in… Continue reading

Review: The Free World (Lew, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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Who’s seen Mad Men and hasn’t been at least a little transfixed by Peggy and, by extension, the actress who portrays her, Elisabeth Moss? (By the way, did you know she was in Girl,… Continue reading

Review: Kate Plays Christine (Greene, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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At the festival this year were two films about the news reporter Christine Chubbuck who committed suicide on national television in 1974: a narrative starring Rebecca Hall that was impossible to get into and… Continue reading

Review: As You Are (Joris-Peyrafitte, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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The festival (and cinema in general) is heavy on coming-of-age tales; As You Are (whose title is a reference to the Nirvana song “Come As You Are“) brings my Sundance tally this year to… Continue reading

Review: Tickled (Farrier & Reeve, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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A conspiracy involving tickling? A nefarious tickling industrial complex? Are you sure we’re still browsing the documentary section? The desire to find out if this film description was real or just a gag–and,… Continue reading