SFIFF: Getting Down and Staying Down at the Castro

Tuesday night I visited the Castro for a special San Francisco International Film Festival event: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. SFIFF has a tradition for daring silent movie accompaniment. They bring in a local musician or group, one with a significant following, and have them accompany a silent feature or a collection of … Continue reading SFIFF: Getting Down and Staying Down at the Castro

Saturday at the San Francisco International Film Festival

I attended opening night, and managed to get to one movie Friday night, but Saturday was my first full day at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. Oddly,  I didn't see a single feature-length film that day. But here's what I did see: Dolby Labs: The Sound of Movies In this Master Class at … Continue reading Saturday at the San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival Opening Night

This year's San Francisco International Film Festival officially opened last night at the Castro, with a screening of The Two Faces of January. It was, as you'd expect, a packed and festive occasion.  But it got off on a bad note, and an all too common one at festival big nights at the Catro. Almost … Continue reading San Francisco International Film Festival Opening Night

What’s Screening: April 25 – May 1

The San Francisco International Film Festival dominates this week (and next) for Bay Area cinephiles. I placed my SFIFF capsules at the bottom of this newsletter. But even if you eschew the Festival, there's plenty to see: A- Teenage, Opera Plaza, Shattuck, opens Friday. Using a combination of archival footage and dramatic recreations, Matt Wolf’s … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 25 – May 1

What’s Screening: April 18 – 24

The Tiburon Intl. Film Festival closes today (although, according to their schedule, their last screening was yesterday). The big one (or at least one of the two big ones), the San Francisco International Film Festival, opens Thursday. B+ The Lost Boys, New Parkway, Thursday, 9:15. This clever and funny--and even occasionally scary--teenage vampire movie was … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 18 – 24