Paula Farmer’s Best Movies of 2020

We’ll never know if this year’s list of the “Best Of”/ “Top Ten” Movies of 2020 are what they are because of the oddity of being a pandemic year, or in spite of it. There are plenty of movies  ...

Some Kind of Heaven (2020)

In the unlikely event that there’s an overabundance of merriment in your life under COVID, and nobody in your pod is complaining enough, you might want to see “Some Kind of Heaven.” It’s Darren Arnofsky’s latest exploration of middle-class  ...

Best of 2020: Movies

If I'm remembering the family lore correctly, my parents brought three-year-old me to a screening of "Love Story" in 1970, meaning that it's literally been half a century since I spent less time in movie theaters than I did  ...

The Dissident (2020)

There are talented investigative journalists. There are outspoken activists, and there are those rare, self-sacrificing dissidents. Sometimes, there are those who are all three. Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi was one such person. Khashoggi went from maintaining a closely guarded  ...

Nomadland (2020)

Taking to the open road—and all that implies—is an idea deeply rooted in the American psyche. The beckoning freedom of the highway; the romance of chucking it all for a life of endless adventure. There was a time when  ...

August Wilson’s Century

Considered as one continuous, contiguous work, August Wilson’s "The Pittsburgh Cycle" (which spawned "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") constitutes a survival tale in the aftermath of trauma, wherein the children of slavery fight to regroup and  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Film festivals in the time of Corona Virus are varied and limited. Some festivals chose to cancel altogether for this year, while a few, like the New York Film Festival, went completely virtual. The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF)  ...

Los hermanos/The Brothers Q&A Part 2

The documentary film, “Dos Hermanos/Two Brothers,” captures the personal and professional relationship of two Cuban-born brothers and award-winning musicians, Ilmar López Gavilán, a violinist who left Havana in his teens to study in Moscow, later relocating to New York,  ...

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

The documentary film, “Los Hermanos/The Brothers,” captures the personal and professional relationship of two Cuban-born brothers and award-winning musicians, Ilmar López Gavilán, a violinist who left Havana in his teens to study in Moscow, later relocating to New York,  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Although not quite done, what a year it has been! Covid-19 has left most reeling and many grieving, while the death of George Floyd in May ignited universal righteous indignation and protests, and California has been on fire, literally.  ...