The final day of this year’s Noir City

There was a time when Noir City rarely showed movies made after the early 1960s. Not this year. The last two films screened at the festival are so new they were both shot digitally. And, of course, they were both screened off of DCPs, as well. Victoria This German thriller was shot in a single, … Continue reading The final day of this year’s Noir City

What’s Screening: Jan 27 – Feb 2

James Dean, Jim Jarmusch, clueless teenagers, and a big turtle grace Bay Area screens this week. And, of course, Groundhog Day. Festivals Noir City continues through Sunday SF Sketchfest also closes Sunday Indiefest opens Thursday. Check my reports for recommendations. New films opening A- The Red Turtle, Kabuki, opens Friday A man marooned on a … Continue reading What’s Screening: Jan 27 – Feb 2

The Red Turtle: A movie beyond words

A- Animated fantasy Written by Pascale Ferran & Michael Dudok de Wit Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit A man marooned on a deserted island struggles to survive, escape, and ward off loneliness in this strange, beautiful, and effecting animated tale. And in a strange way, he will find almost everything he wants. Although essentially … Continue reading The Red Turtle: A movie beyond words

Indiefest preview

I've now screened another three films that will play at Indiefest. You'll find two more in my original Indiefest report. Here's what I thought about the new three: B+ Superpowerless The plot sounds like a promising farce: A superhero, suffering a mid-life crisis, loses his superpowers. But Duane Andersen turned it into a surprisingly effective … Continue reading Indiefest preview