Jake Adelstein possesses an obsessive, infectious energy, coupled with an immense generosity and an ability to be, when necessary, stringently ruthless. This combination serves him well in the line of work that he half-chose, half-stumbled into: Adelstein is the guy who keeps the yakuza honest....more
Though cinemas and movie-making were made illegal in the 1970s after religious conservatives declared many cultural activities sinful, it has not stopped Saudi Arabians from making and showing films that undermine SA’s puritanism today.
A few renegade film makers in Saudi Arabia called Red Wax have created an underground movie group that shows films on taboo political and social issues, like women’s rights and migrant workers....more
The live organ performance, a staple of the film going experience at The Castro, always makes my heart melt a wee bit....more
In Anderson’s hands, we are always on a journey into the troubled minds and hearts of men at war with themselves; to the intersection of primitive impulses and intellectual aspiration; and, never more than in The Master, through hubris, half-blind seeking, and love that destroys itself....more
The San Francisco Weekly has an interview with Lorelei Lee and Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott about the movie they wrote together, that Elliott directed, About Cherry....more
Andrew McCarthy, likely best known to you as a member of the iconic Brat Pack, with his roles in Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, has forged a second career as a travel writer. Out with a new memoir, The Longest Way Home, about traveling as a way to settle down, McCarthy touches on issues of fatherhood and commitment....more
About Cherry, the feature film directed by Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott, will be premiering September 21 in San Francisco, Portland, and New York.
In San Francisco the movie is being shown only twice at the Castro theater on September 21 at 7:00 and 9:30pm....more
The skillfully understated filmmaker Kelly Reichardt joins up again with screenwriter Jon Raymond to give us Meek’s Cutoff — a portrait of the Oregon Trail as both a place and an idea, back when the west was an uncharted strange land off in the distance, waiting to be found....more