film

10 Jul 2020

Even More Great Stuff Playing on Netflix in July

Netflix has not run out of good stuff to show in July.  In the second part of this preview, you’ll hear about:  a TV mini-series co-created by actress Cate Blanchett; the return of a very wonky superhero series; a deep dive with Laney College’s football team; an Academy Award-winning drama

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06 Jul 2020

The Best Stuff on Netflix in July 2020

The sheer number of new offerings this month was just one of the reasons this preview has not come out sooner.  Length problems make it necessary to also break the preview into two parts. In this first part, the picks share the common theme of revisitation.  There are new takes

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05 Oct 2020

The November 2020 BAS Voter Guide

Primarily researched and written by Stephen Torres with help from Stuart Schuffman. We stand at the precipice of one of the most polarizing federal elections that has ever occurred in this country. Each day brings another dash of chaos, and yet here we are, once again sifting through another labyrinthine

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26 May 2020

You Can Help Support Youth Creativity During COVID-19

With everyone sheltering in place, Youth Beat, a digital media training program in Oakland, quickly switched to a virtual classroom format. And it’s been a real lifeline for many of their students, who are almost all low-income, inner-city Oakland kids who’ve been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Those kids

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27 Mar 2020

SXSW, Roxie Theatre, and More Offering Amazing Streaming Movies

Unless your brain’s been melted by the lies of the Orange Skull and/or his enablers, you’re not going to begrudge the need for California’s shelter in place order. However, if you love supporting art film, you might wonder what you can do when the Bay Area’s art house theatres have

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07 Feb 2020

Celebrate Independent Film With Film Threat’s “Award This!”

S.F. IndieFest’s Up The Oscars offers a two-fer benefit to attendees.  One is a chance to publicly make fun of the glamor and the often reactionary nature of the Oscars.  The other benefit for attendees is helping to keep alive the S.F. cinematic treasure known as the Roxie Theatre.   But

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19 Dec 2019

2019’s Best Indie Horror Films

by Jonas Barnes This year was full of blockbusters, franchise milestones, and what will be the end of a decades long saga with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but I’m not here to talk about those. I’m a cinema fan across the board, but I’m specifically an indie cinema

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04 Dec 2019

Thank God for Schlock: Exploitation Films with Christian Financiers

by Xan Holbrook One recurring treat (among many) for the Bill Hicks fan is his theatrical disdain and revulsion for drug prohibition. Such a passionate hatred proved an excellent vehicle to showcase his near mastery of prose and rhetoric. In one of my favorite bits, he inverted the stifled, crusty

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14 Oct 2019

Halloween Films and Film Festivals Coming to the Bay Area

RECAP:  The Mill Valley Film Festival’s arrival set off an October filled with a dozen or so film festivals.  To avoid drowning readers in data, the October preview of new films was broken up into three parts.  Aside from shout outs to such festivals as the United Nations Association Film

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