SFIFF: Kanbar Award Winner Frank Pierson

The San Francisco International Film Festival’s Kanbar Award tribute to screenwriter Frank Pierson started 10 minutes late. But it was worth the wait. Pierson’s work ranges from memorable ‘60s classics like Cool Hand Luke to one of the best TV shows of recent years, Mad Men. As the Festival speaker who introduced the event put … Continue reading SFIFF: Kanbar Award Winner Frank Pierson

What’s Screening: April 29 – May 5

San Francisco International Film Festival continues through this week. As usual, I put festival listings at the end of this newsletter. A Strangers on a Train, Castro, Wednesday. One of Hitchcock’s scariest films, and therefore one of his best. A rich, spoiled psychotic killer (the worst kind) convinces himself that a moderately-famous athlete has agreed … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 29 – May 5

SFIFF: The Colors of the Mountain

B+ The Colors of the Mountain. On one level, this is a funny tale about adorable boys who love soccer, set against beautiful mountain scenery. On another, and more important level, it's about the harse realities of third-world life when caught between violent revolutionaries and an utterly heartless and cruel government. At first, Manuel's life … Continue reading SFIFF: The Colors of the Mountain

SFIFF: State of the Cinema Address

Last night I attended Christine Vachon's State of the Cinema address. By her own count, Vachon has produced over 60 films (IMDB says 65), including Boys Don't Cry, Happiness, I Shot Andy Warhol, and The Notorious Bettie Page. On the other hand, she's also produced I’m Not There and Cracks; not everything she made is … Continue reading SFIFF: State of the Cinema Address