“The Sessions” is about Berkeley-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, who, afflicted with polio as a child, spent much of his adult life inside an iron lung before he died in 1999 at age 49.
Directed by Ben Lewin (who also contracted polio as a child and walks with crutches today), the film focuses on a fascinating episode in the 1980s when O’Brien hired a sex surrogate to help him explore and understand himself as a sexual being. Read More
Victoria Hearst, Patty’s sister and a native San Franciscan, has a thing or two to say to her family’s Hearst Corp., the publishers of Cosmopolitan magazine. Read More
“Martha Marcy May Marlene” tells the story of a young woman struggling to repair her splintered identity after escaping from a cult, and in the vein of recent indies such as “Take Shelter” and “Winter’s Bone,” it is a smallish but powerful American drama distinguished by inspired, no-frills directing and a striking central performance. Read More