SFFILM honors Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour

Monday night at the Castro, SFFILM recognized Joe Wright and Anthony McCarten's historical drama, Darkest Hour, giving the film the organization's second annual SF Honors award. The event included a mercifully short presentation of the award, a screening of the film, and a Q&A with five of the filmmakers. Darkest Hour follows Winston Churchill's first … Continue reading SFFILM honors Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour

My Oscar predictions…and wishes (with, of course, issues of race)

Back in October, I predicted that Loving would win the Best Picture Oscar. At that time, I had not yet seen the movie, and quality didn't even come into my equation. Loving didn't come into the Academy's equation, either. It can't win Best Picture because it wasn't nominated. (For the record, I liked Loving very … Continue reading My Oscar predictions…and wishes (with, of course, issues of race)

A Classic Comedy and a Colombian Thriller: Sunday at the San Francisco International Film Festival

This year's San Francisco International Film Festival is beginning to wind down. Sunday was the last non-workday of the festival. I attended two events, and hit the jackpot both times. The Mel Novikoff Award Ceremony and The Lady Eve More than anyone else, Mel Novikoff helped bring repertory cinema to the Bay Area. The SFIFF's … Continue reading A Classic Comedy and a Colombian Thriller: Sunday at the San Francisco International Film Festival