The First Monday in May (2016)

No doubt, the documentary "The First Monday in May" will draw comparisons to "The September Issue," although done by different directors. Besides probably drawing some of the same audience, both feature fashion, Vogue magazine and its editor, Anna Wintour. But  ...

Sweet Bean (2016)

The theme of “unlikely friendships” in a film may be over used and sometimes used ineffectively, but for Sweet Bean it’s appropriate, effective and welcome. Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the heart of the dorayaki pancakes  ...

The Wonders (2014)

  I’ve never described a film as rustic, but for the film, it’s appropriate. “The Wonders” is also simple, unflattering and straightforward, yet interesting and compelling. It is a story about a family of beekeepers who live in the  ...

Paula Farmer’s Oscar Picks 2014

Although 2014 wasn’t a stand-out year for movies, especially in light of recent past years, what was good, was very good. More than likely the categories of Best Movie and Best Director will split. For that I am torn. Will  ...

California Wine Country in Winter

    Some of the best times to be had in Napa and Sonoma are during the winter months of “low season.” Wine country travel in Northern California can be wonderful in the winter for those coming from  ...

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

A story of unlikely friendships doesn’t get any more quirky than in the hands of filmmaker Wes Anderson and in the form of his latest project, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." In it, viewers get to explore the world of  ...

A Day Trip to Carmel

A relatively quick and easy drive from the San Francisco Bay Area is Carmel, a quintessential charming California town, with definite hints of affluence. Although Carmel is sleepy in comparison to nearby Monterey and the Bay Area, it still has  ...

Mental

Mental Directed by PJ HoganStarring: Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Gibney, Liev SchrieberRun Time: 116 minutesMPAA Rating: Not Rated http://mentalmovie.com.au/ Director PJ Hogan delivers his latest film, "Mental", with the same off-beat yet thoroughly entertaining sensibilities that he  ...