SFIFF Sunday: Fishy Documentary & Resisting the Nazis

Much of what I end up watching at the San Francisco International Film Festival is a matter of pure serendipity. I pick the film that's about to start playing. But there are also times when I very much want to see a particular movie. Saturday afternoon and evening, I did one of each. And serendipity … Continue reading SFIFF Sunday: Fishy Documentary & Resisting the Nazis

SFIFF The Rest of Saturday. A French Bad Marriage and American Shakespeare

I caught two pictures yesterday after Steven Soderbergh’s State of the Cinema Address. Both were shown in the Kabuki's large main theater. I liked both. B+ Thérèse In the late 1920s, Thérèse (Audrey Tautou of Amélie) marries the rich and conservative Bernard, who cares mostly about money and family honor. It's a good match economically, … Continue reading SFIFF The Rest of Saturday. A French Bad Marriage and American Shakespeare

SFIFF Friday: Chilean Black Comedy, Russian Whodoneit, and American Rockumentary

Here's what I saw at my first almost-full day at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. I caught all of these films at the Kabuki. B- Night Across the Street Writer/director Raúl Ruiz was dying of cancer when he made this strange, surreal comedy. Not surprising that it's all about death. A moderately elderly … Continue reading SFIFF Friday: Chilean Black Comedy, Russian Whodoneit, and American Rockumentary

SFIFF Preview: The Last Step

Last night, as the San Francisco International Film Festival opened, I found time to preview one more festival film. C The Last Step, New People Cinema, Saturday, May 4 7:00, Wednesday May 8 6:15, Thursday May 9 1:00. Astonishingly, considering recent crackdowns, the Iranian film industry can still make daring, cutting-edge cinema. Unfortunately, not everything … Continue reading SFIFF Preview: The Last Step

What’s Screening: April 26 – May 2

The San Francisco International Film Festival runs through this week and beyond. And the Playground Film Festival, which will screen six stage play adaptations throughout the Bay Area, starts Friday.  My comments on SFIFF screenings are at the end of this very long newsletter. B+ The Source Family, Roxie, Thursday through next Sunday. Not what … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 26 – May 2