This week features two installments of Critics Corner with an emphasis on vivid humor: M.K. Brown and Paul Krassner view Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon and bring their own experiences to bear upon the movie’s version of events, while Robert Bloomberg and Ralph Eggleston celebrate the diverse themes and imaginative visions of Ron Diamond’s traveling festival the Animation Show of Shows. Continue reading →
This week, San Francisco Film Critics Circle member and His & Hers Beer Notes columnist Daniel Barnes previews the Mill Valley Film Festival, moving from high-profile films with distribution on through to inventive movies from Romania, Colombia, Korea, Hungary, Chile and Iceland. Continue reading →
This week, Risa Nye reviews Ava Chin’s book Eating Wildly, with a keen appreciation for the way it moves from the experience of loss to the act of finding, balancing autobiography with a personal guide to foraging in the city. “It’s the unexpected bounty and regenerative powers of nature that have deepened my connection with my hometown, my family, and even myself,” Chin writes. We also feature Chin’s recipe for Wild Greens Pie, a main ingredient of which is lamb’s-quarter, a nutritious weed that gardeners dislike but chefs love.
This week’s issue brings a variety of responses to the vitality of Anthony Lucero’s Oakland-set movie East Side Sushi. In one of two installments of “Critics Corner” this week, Tien-Tien L. Jong foregrounds the film’s layered approach to tradition and its dedication to a woman’s story, of self-determination, while Patricia Unterman savors its cross-cultural creativity and authentic love of food. Broadening the perspective, Risa Nye interviews Erin and Tim Archuleta of ICHI Sushi and ICHI Kakiya for their take on the movie. And this week’s “Eat My Shorts” presents some short works by Lucero. Continue reading →