Bill Plympton’s absurd love story: Cheatin’ (my review)

A Adult animation Written and directed by Bill Plympton If Bill Plympton isn’t the strangest, most iconoclastic, bizarre, and brilliant animator of all time, we live in a very weird world. His instantly recognizable style takes caricature—the heart of all animation—to an extreme beyond anyone else working in features. Consider Jake—the irresistible hunk in Cheatin’. … Continue reading Bill Plympton’s absurd love story: Cheatin’ (my review)

SFIFF: Paul Schrader to be honored in this year’s Kanbar Award

The San Francisco International Film Festival just announced that writer and sometimes director Paul Schrader will receive this year's Kanbar Award for life achievement in storytelling (previously, it was life achievement in screenwriting). I guess he's a good choice. He's written at least two great films: Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Both were directed by … Continue reading SFIFF: Paul Schrader to be honored in this year’s Kanbar Award

Ex Machina asks what it means to be human (my review)

A- Science fiction Written and directed by Alex Garland I've learned to confront new big-screen science fiction with lowered expectations--especially when it deals with man-vs.-machine conflicts. So I went in to Ex Machina expecting to be disappointed. But the disappointments (for the most part)  never came. Even the final act was intelligent and surprising--and I … Continue reading Ex Machina asks what it means to be human (my review)

What’s Screening: April 3 – 9

The Tiburon International Film Festival officially opens Thursday, although the first movie screening will be the following Friday. But here are a few movies actually playing this week: B+ Girlhood, Elmwood, opens Friday. Considering Marieme’s family situation, it’s no surprise she’s doing badly in school. Her mother works long hours and is rarely home. There’s no … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 3 – 9