Stefan Gruenwedel

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An Imperfect Relationship
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Jun 15, 2010)
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Oliver Stone visits Latin America to make an entertaining film that attempts to broaden our understanding of our friends to the south. More »
Highlights of the Fest
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Jun 13, 2010)
The SF Silent Film Festival provides a glimpse into the first decades of the twentieth century, when the beauty of film as an art form sprang forth from the monochromatic silver screen. More »
A Culture Beyond Sushi
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Jun 09, 2010)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This unconventional, visually poetic documentary traces Japan's love affair with bugs across the country and through the centuries. More »
The Little Rascals
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Apr 09, 2010)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Part nature show, part cross-cultural essay, Babies manages to turn even the most jaded theatergoer into a loving, caring babysitter. More »
The Japanese Way of Death
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Apr 29, 2009)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. People hate the thought of dying so much, it's no wonder whole industries exist to either help us delay the inevitable with medicines or tart us up with embalming fluids when it's our time to lie six feet under. The Japanese are no exception. Any culture that turned the act of pouring a cup of tea into an intricate ceremony long on symbolism could certainly turn a wake into a meaningful ritual that helps families say [i]sayonara[/i] to their loved ones. [b]Departures[/b] ("Okuribito") provides an illuminating, touching, yet not humorless look inside a little-known profession, even for the Japanese. More »
More a Marathon Than a Sprint
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Feb 28, 2008)
With its blushingly romantic tone, copious (if harmless) pratfalls, charming moments, and well-intentioned characters, [b]Run Fat Boy Run[/b] hits all the right marks to qualify itself as lighthearted matinee fare that does no harm and shatters no clichés. More »
Love and War
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Aug 07, 2007)
Setting a gay love affair amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just one of several riveting aspects of [b]The Bubble[/b], a heartfelt relationship and political drama from director Eytan Fox. He is no stranger to controversy. In 2002 his film [b]Yossi & Jagger[/b] depicted the hazards of love between two male soldiers stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border. Now [b]The Bubble[/b] widens his scope to explore the dangerous love affair between a Jew and an Arab in Israel. More »
How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Jun 27, 2007)
Sometimes having a fabulous life is not all it's cracked up to be, especially if you're a disagreeable person. What's the point of having friends if they put up with you only because they feel they have to? Daniel Auteuil stars as François, an arrogant, cutthroat, ruthless (and middle-aged) antique dealer in Paris who thinks his life is pretty fabulous. One day when he's at a dinner party with what he considers his dearest acquaintances, he's mortified to learn the truth: that none of the people there actually likes him. More »
Where it all began
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Jun 15, 2007)
As this town's antidote to the onslaught of summer blockbusters, the [b]San Francisco Silent Film Festival[/b], now in its twelfth year, provides an ever-satisfying look back into the early decades of the 20th century when films leapt off the silver screen in all their monochromatic glory, accompanied by the true surround-sound of live music. This year's festival spans the silent era of filmmaking -- from its earliest days to the peak of its maturity -- and includes eye-popping treats from France, England, and Italy. More »
Opera lite
By Stefan Gruenwedel (Feb 02, 2007)
Maria Maggenti's romantic comedy, [b]Puccini for Beginners[/b], upends conventions about gender roles while relying on tried-and-true notions of fidelity and commitment to fuel its screwball storytelling. Struggling novelist Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) finds herself in some classic Woody Allen moments -- psychoanalytical interior monologues included -- when a long-term relationship unexpectedly ends. More »
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