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

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

California, Britain, & making it in the movies: SFFilm Festival Wednesday

I dressed for rain Wednesday, but fortunately didn't have to. I saw one film, one TV episode, and one very interesting talk. California Dreams I give it a B+. I saw California Dreams at the Roxie. Ott did a Q&A after the film, but my schedule was too tight to stay for it. The film … Continue reading California, Britain, & making it in the movies: SFFilm Festival Wednesday

SFFilm Sunday & Monday Report

A scheduling error and a Jewish holiday reduced my San Francisco International Film Festival outings to three events in two days. Here's what I saw: Score: A Film Music Documentary I started Sunday at the new Dolby Theater on Market, for a documentary about music in the movies. This was my third visit to the … Continue reading SFFilm Sunday & Monday Report