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Entries by George Heymont from 03/2012

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

| Posted 03.01.2012 | Arts

Depression is not just a disease of silent sadness. Sometimes the silence masks a burning, unfocused rage whose destructive power terrifies the person who bears it as a curse.

Eat My Genre-Bending, Gender-Bending Shorts

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Arts

The San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival screens some shorts made from an acutely Asian-American/LGBT perspective. Some show a wealth of imagination and take the viewer on some wildly unexpected turns.

Real Men Eat Ibex

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Arts

Perceptions and definitions of masculinity vary from time to time and culture to culture. The advent of film and television went a long way toward shaping the public's visual perception of masculinity.

All Hail the Conquering Hero!

| Posted 03.12.2012 | Arts

Magnificently reconceived and directed by Ralph Fiennes, this new adaptation of Coriolanus uses Shakespeare's language in a tightly condensed screenplay by John Logan that grips the audience by the throat within the film's first 20 seconds and never lets go.

Old Men and the Sea

| Posted 03.15.2012 | Arts

Two new documentaries at the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival focus on man's relationship with the Pacific Ocean. Each takes into account the legacy of an island culture's tribal ancestors who learned how to survive and thrive with the help of the ocean.

Nature Calls

| Posted 03.19.2012 | Arts

With our planet's surface being ravaged for profit, General Orders No. 9., a new documentary, examines the toll civilization has taken on topography. The film's narrator intones, "You are not a witness to the ruin, you are the ruin to be witnessed."

Queens for a Day

| Posted 03.23.2012 | Arts

I recently attended the GuyWriters Theatre Company's production of seven short comedies under the umbrella title Eat Our Shorts 4 -- Love And Other Disasters. It was one of the funniest evenings of gay theater I've seen in years.

Life Is Filled With Surprises

| Posted 03.26.2012 | Arts

I never thought I would find myself writing a column about two films whose protagonists are Korean people with severe sensory challenges. What are the odds?

Celebrating the Joffrey Ballet

| Posted 03.29.2012 | Arts

2012-03-29-Screenshot20120329at10.10.20AM.jpgBallet fans will want to get their hands on Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, a thrilling new documentary.