On Robin William’s Passing…

* Editor’s Note – Our Film Critic Peter Warden had a chance encounter with Robin Williams less than 48 hours ago. He was delighted to run into him and considered it a sign of good luck for an upcoming theatrical production in which we both are involved. Needless to say, today’s news has left Peter…

Review – Be Careful What You Wish For… (“Wish I Was Here”)

Zach Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here, is as wishy-washy and slapped together as its (supposedly intentional) grammatically incorrect title. While it may start out reasonably tolerable, with some interesting banter between Braff and his two kids (well played by Joey King and Pierce Gagnon), after about a half hour or so it starts…

Review – There Goes the Neighborhood… (“Neighbors”)

I feel like very few filmmakers over the last decade have had quite as strong an influence on the comedy genre as Judd Apatow. With his producing effort on  Anchorman in 2004, followed by his hugely successful directing debut of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, it seems as though he cast a universal net over comedy films…

SFIFF 57 – Live, from San Francisco, it’s Saturday Night! (“Supermensch…”, “The Skeleton Twins”, “Ping Pong Summer”)

Actually, it was on Friday night.  My evening’s experience at the San Francisco International Film Festival included not one but two different features where former SNL cast members successfully make a transition to something significantly different from what we generally know them as. This is of course further proof that comedy is an art form…