MVFF Spotlights #3: The Imitation Game/Foxcatcher

October 13, 2014

The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival wrapped up last night.  The Festival screened some of this fall’s most hotly anticipated pictures: Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, and many more.  We gave you a look at some of the festival’s lesser known independent films, now here’s a quick look at a few of the hot titles (and […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 10/9/14-10/15/14

October 9, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoZG28v2WFY

Music festivals, heavy metal canned food drives and Snoop to tha D-o-double G. All this and more in a week of music in the Bay Area

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Show Review: Modest Mouse with Mimicking Birds at the Masonic, 9/26/2014

October 6, 2014

In the modern musical world, artists’ success seems to be measured in how quickly they can crank out new, catchy, pop-earworm singles that you keep singing from day to day until the next one comes along. Entire albums are far too much to swallow for the attention-deficit horde that is the concertgoing crowd, and heaven […]

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Film Review: Gone Girl

October 3, 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym3LB0lOJ0o

Affleck, Pike anchor brilliant adaptation of best-selling novel One of the most hotly anticipated movies of the fall season, Director David Fincher’s Gone Girl more than lives up to its expectations. Based on Gillian Flynn’s popular novel of the same name, and benefitting tremendously from a screenplay penned by the author herself, the film is […]

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Film Review: Men, Women & Children

October 3, 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHMqpwnUazY

Life is grim, and so is this film Jason Reitman disappointed many of his fans with his hackneyed, sugary film Labor Day last fall. Unfortunately, one year later, he still has not returned to top form. His latest effort is a heavy-handed mess of a film called Men, Women & Children, the title of which […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 10/3/14-10/8/14

October 2, 2014
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Yes, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is this week. It’s an amazing line up as usual. It’s free, so everyone is there. However, there is more than enough great music happening this week. Enjoy the shows!

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MVFF Spotlights #2: What We Do in the Shadows/Like Sunday, Like Rain/Lucky Stiff/The Boy and the World/Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

October 2, 2014

The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival opens tonight, October 2nd, and runs until October 12th. The Festival is screening some of this fall’s most hotly anticipated pictures:  Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (starring Steve Carrell) and Morten Tyldum’s Imitation Game (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), and so many more.  But here at Spinning Platters, we thought we’d spotlight some of the […]

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MVFF Spotlights #1: In Order of Disappearance/How I Came to Hate Math/States of Grace/Dying to Know

September 30, 2014

The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival opens this Thursday, October 2nd, and runs until October 12th. The Festival is screening some of this fall’s most hotly anticipated pictures: Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children and Tommy Lee Jones’s The Homesman (opening night films); Theory of Everything (featuring Eddie Redmayne as the young Stephen Hawking); and […]

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Film Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness

September 26, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWFVAIbIkS4

Pegg’s performance is high point of mostly unoriginal travel tale Hector and the Search for Happiness is a curious movie. Based on the trailer alone, you might think you’re in for a lighthearted, feel-good, seize-the-day picture, wherein the lead character Learns and Grows by ditching his staid life in search of adventure, à la Eat, […]

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Film Review: Tracks

September 26, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-DiOyxCQQI

Life is a journey– make sure you have enough camels. Tracks is based on the true story and National Geographic article (and subsequent memoir) of Robyn Davidson, the Australian woman who made a nine month journey on foot across the Australian desert in 1977 — a distance of about 1700 miles.  Throughout her journey, accompanied only by […]

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