Category Archives: Rants and Ruminations

THE LOST CITY OF Z: director James Gray

As I wrote on Friday, with The Lost City of Z, director James Gray revives the entire genre of the historical adventure epic. I saw The Lost City of Z earlier this month at the San Francisco International Film Festival … Continue reading

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SFFILM: interview with DISCREET director Travis Mathews

Here’s an interview with San Francisco filmmaker Travis Mathews, the writer-director of Discreet.  Mathews has also directed Do I Look Fat?, I Want Your Love, Interior. Leather Bar. and the In Their Room documentary series.  The San Francisco International Film … Continue reading

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Cinequest at mid-fest

Cinequest 2017 opened with the Shirley MacLaine comedy The Last Word, which was well-received by the festival audience, as was the adapted-from-best-seller comedy Carrie Pilby. The Australian crime drama Goldstone was another strong entry, leaving the laughably wretched The Ottoman … Continue reading

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The Movie Gourmet’s 2017 Oscar Dinner

Every year, we watch the Oscars while enjoying a meal inspired by the Best Picture nominees. For example, we had sushi for Lost in Translation, cowboy campfire beans for Brokeback Mountain and Grandma Ethel’s Brisket for A Serious Man – … Continue reading

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Cinequest Insiders Look at the 2017 Festival

The Movie Gourmet asked the folks who pick the movies at Cinequest about this year’s program. MIKE RABEHL is Cinequest’s Director of Programming/Associate Director. Is there any remarkable new filmmaking talent with a first or second film (like Lost Solace … Continue reading

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Two Brand New Aspects of Cinequest 2017

Cinequest veterans will notice two entirely new aspects to this year’s festival. First, although Cinequest maintains its Downtown San Jose roots, much of the festival will expand to Redwood City. When the beloved Camera 12 Theater closed, that left a … Continue reading

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Farewells: John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Emmanuelle Riva

In the past few days, we have lost the actors John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore and Emmanuelle Riva. John Hurt’s magnificent career started in the 1960s, but I first noticed him in 1976 when he leaped out of the screen … Continue reading

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NOIR CITY 2017: a bang up final weekend

I’ve been recommending  the Noir City film fest, underway in San Francisco and running through Sunday. Noir City is the annual festival of the Film Noir Foundation, spearheaded by its founder and president Eddie Muller. The Foundation preserves movies from … Continue reading

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IMOGEN POOTS: girl for all seasons

Sometimes actors become a brand name in the sense that you can depend on a movie being good if they are in it. Actors like Robert Duvall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Parker Posey, Alfre Woodard and Michael Shannon come to mind … Continue reading

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NOIR CITY: the great San Francisco festival of film noir

I always look forward to the Noir City film fest, which gets underway in San Francisco this week. Noir City is the annual festival of the Film Noir Foundation, spearheaded by its founder and president Eddie Muller. The Foundation preserves … Continue reading

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