Film & Movies

27th PALM SPRINGS INTERNATONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PSIFF) WRAPS

27th PALM SPRINGS INTERNATONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PSIFF) WRAPS

With the 2016 Oscar nominations now announced we are in the dark, same as the general public as to which Foreign films will take home that coveted gold covered Oscar’s statuette for Best Foreign Language Film. One thing we do know for sure is the 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) screened nine foreign […]

A CONVERSATION WITH PAKISTANI ACTOR SHAZ KHAN AT 2016 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

A CONVERSATION WITH PAKISTANI ACTOR SHAZ KHAN AT 2016 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

As a theatre and film critic, I have the good fortune of being able to attend various festivals around the country. I get to see and review films from many counties and expand my cultural horizons, so to speak. One of the largest film festivals in North America is the annual Palm Springs International Film […]

UPLIFTING DOCUMENTARY “BIG VOICE” HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

UPLIFTING DOCUMENTARY “BIG VOICE” HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

Films about high school music concerts, choral groups and choirs have been around for years. “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, starring Richard Dreyfuss, as a music teacher aspiring to compose just one great piece of music, and the TV shows “Glee” and “Fame” come quickly to mind. But documentaries about music departments, teachers, and high school students […]

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY  CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

For audiences who follow PBS documentaries, the disturbing news from Pacific Northwest filmmaker Mark Titus comes as no surprise to find that America’s favorite fish, the wild Alaskan King salmon and other varieties of salmon are now in danger of becoming extinct. He begins his film with the intriguing film graphic warning: “There is a […]

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

For all those cineastes who miss seeing work from the likes of Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett, and the rest of the “theatre of the absurd” gang, take heart. The new Israeli dark dramedy film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” is a worthy semantics-laden candidate to warm the cockles of your heart. The melodrama […]

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

“Lucky Stiff”, a cute musical farce written by Lynn Ahrens; adapted from Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s stage book-musical “Lucky Stiff”, is delightfully and deftly directed by Christopher Ashley (Yes, that Chris Ashley who is also the artistic director of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse). The newly adapted movie version revolves, in short, around a young […]

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO                             PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains”, is a first in many categories for the emerging and fledgling movie industry of Kyrgzstan, in Central Asia. It took the vision of former Kyrgzstan politician Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, who harbored the desire from boyhood to become a motion picture director to take the plunge; leaving behind a successful career […]

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