Mill Valley Film Festival 2011 – “Jeff, Who Lives At Home”, “William Kurelek’s The Maze”, and “Sacrifice” Reviews and Trailers

Movie: Jeff, Who Lives At Home

Director: Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass

Showtimes: Thu. Oct 6th, 2011, 7:00pm & 7:15pm @ Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley CA (Tickets)

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film.  I will admit it was the first film by the Duplass brothers that I had seen, but I have become somewhat of a cynic about modern comedy.  The film was very funny, at times thoughtful and insightful, and overall a pleasure to watch.  At first I was unsatisfied with the ending, but after a discussion about it with another journalist, I agreed that they had dug themselves into a hole and couldn’t have done much else.  Worth a view!

Reviews for William Kurelek’s The Maze, and Sacrifice plus trailers after the jump

Movie: Sacrifice

Director: Chen Kaige

Showtimes: Fri. Oct 14, 2011, 5:00pm @ Smith Rafael Film Center – San Rafael (Tickets)

Sat. Oct 15, 2011, 3:15pm @ Sequoia Theatre – Mill Valley (Tickets)

The director of “Farewell My Concubine” creates a compelling historical epic in Sacrifice.  Overall a revenge story, the film also takes us through many dynamics of relationships.  It has a fair deal of action, providing plenty in the entertainment aspect, as well as great sets, acting, and so on.  But what was most interesting to me was the relationships between the people, and how they change over time.  Also worth a view!

Movie: William Kurelek’s The Maze

Director: Robert M. Young & David Grubin

Showtimes: Wed. Oct 12, 2011, 7:15pm @ Sequoia Theatre – Mill Valley (Tickets)

Sat. Oct 15, 2011, 5:15pm @ Smith Rafael Film Center – San Rafael (Tickets)

I should start out by saying that the version I saw was unfinished, and I’m not sure if it is the same version that will play at the Mill Valley Film Festival.  That said, this documentary tries and succeeds at trying to recreate the psychological atmosphere of the paintings of William Kurelek, whose lucid way of speaking and extremely insightful paintings say a lot about his personality.  Definitely worth seeing.

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