The Lost Criterion Commentaries

Back in the days before DVDs, if you loved films and wanted to enjoy them in your own home, the Criterion Collection was king. Their Laserdiscs were the first to have careful, state-of-the-art transfers, the first to letterbox widescreen films, and the first to come in supplement-filled special editions. They also, to my knowledge, invented … Continue reading The Lost Criterion Commentaries

This Year’s San Francisco International Film Festival Announced

You probably found my notes from the San Francisco International Film Festival press conference impenetrable. Here's the polished version: This year's Festival opens Thursday, April 21 with Beginners and closes May 5 (also a Thursday) with On Tour.  Over the course of those 15 days, it will screen 188 films from 48 countries in five … Continue reading This Year’s San Francisco International Film Festival Announced

This Year’s San Francisco International Film Festival Announced—Raw Version

These are my unedited notes from the SFIFF press conference. I don’t have Internet access here at the Westin, so I’ll post this as soon as I can. When I get a chance, I will post an edited version. Update: I had that chance. You'll find a more readable version here. I’m not totally comfortable … Continue reading This Year’s San Francisco International Film Festival Announced—Raw Version

What’s Screening: March 25 – 31

The Dance FIlm Festival continues through Monday. B+ The White Meadows, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sunday, 4:00. I was saddened, but not surprised, to learn that the Iranian government has sentenced writer/director Mohammad Rasoulof to six years in prison. There's some definite political satire in this film, although not of the constant belly … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 25 – 31

Early News on the San Francisco International Film Festival

The press conference isn't until next Tuesday, but the San Francisco Film Society has been sending out select announcements for weeks now. Here's what I know: The festival opens with Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor as a man recalling the life of his recently-deceased, gay father (Christopher Plummer). Christine Vachon, producer of Kids, Happiness and Boys … Continue reading Early News on the San Francisco International Film Festival