What’s Screening: April 21 – 27

Cassavetes, Scorsese, Fellini, a new Student, and mid-century social justice movies grace this week's Bay Area screens. Festivals The San Francisco Green Film Festival continues through Wednesday Dino Risi: An Homage to the Master of the Comedy Italian Style takes over the Castro Saturday with four movies, all either new 35mm prints or new 4K … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 21 – 27

New takes on John Ford, William Shakespeare, & brotherly love: Tuesday at SFFilm Festival

Today (Wednesday) is the last day of the San Francisco International Film Festival. But yesterday, Tuesday, was my last day there. I saw three films Tuesday, all of them on their last SFFilm screening. None of them had filmmaker Q&As. Maliglutit (Searchers) I was looking forward to this rethinking of John Ford's classic western - … Continue reading New takes on John Ford, William Shakespeare, & brotherly love: Tuesday at SFFilm Festival

The Student teaches us about religious fascism

A Drama Written and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov One determined student can manipulate his schoolmates, teachers, and the administration, disrupting an entire high school. All he needs is a fanatical belief and the will to do anything to achieve his goals. Kirill Serebrennikov's powerful drama, The Student, shows exactly how it can be done. It's … Continue reading The Student teaches us about religious fascism

An Urban Vampire & Experimental Shorts: Monday at the SFFilm Festival

As this year's San Francisco International Film Festival reaches toward its closing night, I'm getting worn out. The rain makes it worse. But the movies are still worth watching. The Transfiguration Michael O'Shea found a new twist to the vampire genre: avoiding the supernatural. The Transfiguration is a vampire story that could, in theory, happen. … Continue reading An Urban Vampire & Experimental Shorts: Monday at the SFFilm Festival

Saturday at SFFilm Festival

Weddings and music go together. They certainly did Saturday, as the topics of the two San Francisco International Film Festival screenings I attended.  The Wedding Ring The first film financed entirely with African money takes a look at women's choices - specifically choices of whom one marries in a traditional, class-based, Muslim society. Tiyaa (Magaajyia … Continue reading Saturday at SFFilm Festival

People remote from their emotions: My Friday at the SFFilm Festival

Here's what I saw Friday at the San Francisco International Film Festival: Everything Else I couldn't help wondering if this Mexican character study was influenced of Kurosawa's Ikiru. The main character - the only real character in the movie - is a city bureaucrat completely cut off emotionally from the rest of the human race … Continue reading People remote from their emotions: My Friday at the SFFilm Festival

A Clichéd Drama & a Moving Documentary: My SFFilm Thursday

Here's what I saw Thursday at the San Francisco International Film Festival: The Hero I caught this Sam Elliott vehicle at a matinee at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission. I felt it was about time that someone built a movie around Elliott. Now someone needs to make a good one. My problem with The Hero … Continue reading A Clichéd Drama & a Moving Documentary: My SFFilm Thursday