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

Freelance Ambulance & Religious Insanity: Monday at SFFilm Festival

Garfield the cat may hate Mondays, but I had a pretty good one at the SFFilm Festival…despite the light rain. I saw yet another amazing documentary, followed by a very strange narrative film. Midnight Family The Ochoa family of Mexico City have a difficult, unusual, and occasionally profitable business. They run a freelance ambulance, spending their … Continue reading Freelance Ambulance & Religious Insanity: Monday at SFFilm Festival

Tiny life, factory clashes, & water in all its forms: Sunday at the SFFilm Festival

I didn't see a single narrative film Sunday at the SFFilm Festival Sunday, and only one conventional documentary. The other two features could be described as docs, but they're more about the visuals than the contents. Minute Bodies: The Intimate Lives of F. Percy Smith This 63-minute visual poem can enthrall you, amaze you, or … Continue reading Tiny life, factory clashes, & water in all its forms: Sunday at the SFFilm Festival

Boots Riley, a British Spy, & AOC: Saturday at the SFFilm Fest

Film festivals are always more exciting on weekends. There's more movies to watch, and more people to watch them with. Here's what I saw Saturday at the SFFilm Festival. State of the Cinema Rapper and filmmaker Boots Riley gave this year's State of the Cinema address. As one would expect from the very political Riley, … Continue reading Boots Riley, a British Spy, & AOC: Saturday at the SFFilm Fest

A beach vacation, Connecting with food, John C. Reilly, & and a very gruesome western: Friday at the SFFilm Festival

When I planned for Friday's moviegoing at the SFFilm Festival, I failed to consider geography. I started at a movie at the Roxie - in the Mission. Then I had to dash to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - in the financial district. Then to the Castro. BART and Muni Metro made a … Continue reading A beach vacation, Connecting with food, John C. Reilly, & and a very gruesome western: Friday at the SFFilm Festival