Life at the gym through young eyes: My review of The Fits

A- Doesn't fit any genre Written by Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis, and Lisa Kjerulff Directed by Anna Rose Holmer This impossible-to-categorize narrative film shows us the world of a public, inner-city gym through the eyes of the teenagers and pre-teens who use it. Specifically, we see it through the eyes of Toni (Royalty Hightower). … Continue reading Life at the gym through young eyes: My review of The Fits

Spellbound with music: Surviving and enjoying the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Nothing really beats the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. For three days (plus an opening night), you're immersed in an art form that was born, matured, reached extraordinary heights, and then suddenly died--all within the space of 20 to 40 years (depending on how to you define its birth and death). All told, this year's … Continue reading Spellbound with music: Surviving and enjoying the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Frameline Preview: Revolutionary lesbians, the right to marry, and the subject of divorce

I've managed to review three films that will screen at the upcoming Frameline LGBTQ film festival. Here's what I thought about them, in order of quality. A- Summertime New love overwhelms with joy and energy, but keeping that love in the closet sickens and distorts the romance. In 1971, Paris bursts with revolution--sexual and otherwise--but … Continue reading Frameline Preview: Revolutionary lesbians, the right to marry, and the subject of divorce

Strangers become family in the strangely warm yet violent Dheepan

A- Refugee drama and crime thriller Written by Noe Debre, Thomas Bidegain, and Jacques Audiard Directed by Jacques Audiard A family escapes from war-torn Sri Lanka to make a better, safer life in France. Except it's not safe, and they're not really a family. The smugglers who brought this man, woman, and child out of … Continue reading Strangers become family in the strangely warm yet violent Dheepan