Review of “Veronica Mars”: the gumshoe is back and in fine form
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Review of “Veronica Mars”: the gumshoe is back and in fine form

If you’ve ever watched an episode of “Veronica Mars”, the fantastic teenage noir show that was cancelled too soon, you would know that Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her on-again-off-again flame, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), were the lifeblood of the series. Although Veronica was never defined by her romantic relationships – she was always too smart, … Continue reading

Chilean director Sebastian Silva discusses his psychological thriller “Magic Magic”, directing actors, and finding the right way to use music in a film
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Chilean director Sebastian Silva discusses his psychological thriller “Magic Magic”, directing actors, and finding the right way to use music in a film

For the last two weeks, Chilean writer-director Sebastian Silva has been in San Francisco as the Winter 2014 Artist in Residence with the San Francisco Film Society, talking about his craft with high school and college students, as well as other filmmakers. He also gave a Q&A at a special screening of his most recent … Continue reading

Review of “Tim’s Vermeer”: Did using lenses and mirrors make Johannes Vermeer a master painter?
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Review of “Tim’s Vermeer”: Did using lenses and mirrors make Johannes Vermeer a master painter?

In a time when painters were rigourously trained, how did the untrained Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) create such luminous, lasting masterpieces? According to inventor-techie Tim Jenison, he may have been equally adept at tinkering and made use of optical devices to help create a realistic look. Jenison sets out to prove this theory in Teller’s new … Continue reading

Sundance Review of “Frank”: Getting inside his (gigantic cartoon paper mâché) head
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Sundance Review of “Frank”: Getting inside his (gigantic cartoon paper mâché) head

Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s charming, offbeat comedy, “Frank”, about a talented musician (Michael Fassbender) who has chosen to live his life inside a paper mâché head, had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. We see Frank through the eyes of Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), an aspiring musician, who starts the film trying and failing to … Continue reading