Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Police Story 1 & 2, Human Desire, & Cool Hand Luke

I generally like to cleanse my cinematic palate after the SFFilm Festival with an escapist Hollywood movie. But since I've only seen four of the 21 blockbusters that came before Avengers: Endgame, I decided to watch two newly-restored Hong Kong action flicks. Of course, those weren't all I've seen after the festival. B+ Police Story … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Police Story 1 & 2, Human Desire, & Cool Hand Luke

Cary Grant, harsh South Africa, and leaking top secrets: My last day at the SFFilm Festival

Sunday was my last day at this year's SFFilm Festival. It was also the day with the last big event: The Closing Night Show. The Festival will continue through Tuesday, but without me. David Thomson Master Class: Thinking About Cary Grant I started the day not with a movie, but with a lecture. Film historian … Continue reading Cary Grant, harsh South Africa, and leaking top secrets: My last day at the SFFilm Festival

Scientology & Cultural Clashes: Thursday at the SFFilm Festival

I saw two films yesterday at the SFFilm Festival. One was a disappointment. Both were followed by director Q&As. Over the Rainbow Jeffrey Peixoto takes a unique approach to Scientology in this documentary. Instead of an exposé showing us the corrupt underbelly of this extremely organized religion, he interviews true believers. While he does so, … Continue reading Scientology & Cultural Clashes: Thursday at the SFFilm Festival