SECOND OPINION

SECOND OPINION Film Review by RON MERK A few weeks ago I had the unique opportunity to interview the director of the film, Eric Merola, as well as the main subject of the film, Ralph Moss, at a nice little bed and breakfast in the Castro Street neighborhood in San Francisco.  The film, which details the disinformation campaign conducted by...

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BRAVO, BERTOLUCCI

BERTOLUCCI – A Film Series October 18, 2014 Castro Theatre, San Francisco If you consider yourself a film buff, and you haven’t seen these films by the great Italian filmmaker, Bernardo Bertolucci, then run, do not walk to the Castro Theater, and make up for missing the opportunity to see these films in the past.  Great new prints and restorations...

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MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 37 – THE FINAL WORD

FINAL WORD ON MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 37   Presented annually by the California Film Institute (CFI) the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival came to a close Sunday night with a special screening of Wild, Jean-Marc Valleé’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Dern was also on hand for a Special Tribute: her MVFF Award for lifetime...

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LAST WEEKEND – Film Review

LAST WEEKEND Film Review By Ron Merk I had the unique opportunity a few weeks ago to spend nearly a hour  with the co-director of the film, Tom Dolby, talking about life, love, cinema, and why we do what we do.  What started as a discussion about the film, which I had seen before the meeting, turned into a really...

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The Liberator – Film Review

THE LIBERATOR Movie Review By Ron Merk    The danger with most film biographies is the inability for the filmmaker to truly understand that the subject of the film was more than an image, an idol or a legend as is often the case in films about historic figures.  Only recently have we seen a portrait of Abraham Lincoln where...

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MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 37 – IT’S A WRAP!

The Mill Valley Film Festival Wraps…. …and a Good Time Was Had By All By Ron Merk Last evening marked the end of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival, with a wonderful party at the Elks Lodge in San Rafael, CA.  A festival atmosphere was created in this wonderful space, including a great outdoor patio where live music was provided...

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