The Beautiful Truth of ‘Fruitvale Station’

Do Not See This Movie For Its Tragedy But For Its Cockeyed, Utterly Californian Optimism

In this state, our fictions are often better teachers than the truth.

The most significant California film in years is Fruitvale Station, based on the shooting death of a 22-year-old Hayward man, Oscar Grant, by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on New Year’s Eve in the first hours of 2009. Written and directed by the young Bay Area writer-director Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station has picked up critical acclaim. It has also been garnering criticism for departures from the real-life story on which it is based.

What’s fact is that …

San Francisco, Almost the Capital of the World

The City's Campaign to Host the United Nations Failed, But Left a Legacy You Can See Today

In today’s San Francisco, there are traces of the dream that gripped the city in the spring of 1945, when diplomats from around the world gathered to draft a charter …