Tag Archives: San Francisco International Film Festival

Stream of the Week: FRANK & LOLA – Bad Girl or Troubled Girl?

The absorbing neo-noir romance Frank & Lola opens with a couple lovemaking for the first time – and right away there’s a glimmer that he’s more invested than she is.  Soon we’re spirited from Vegas to Paris and back again … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE – a grieving fish out of water

An Atlanta man (David Oyeowlo) suddenly loses his wife to an auto accident and is completely shattered by the depth and the jarring abruptness of his loss. Pushed by his sister out of his paralysis, he drives up to Maine … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: CHEVALIER – male competitiveness, brilliantly skewered

One of the best films of the year, Chevalier is a sly and pointed exploration of male competitiveness, with the moments of drollness and absurdity that we expect in the best of contemporary Greek cinema. Chevalier is also now the … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: WEINER – behind the punchline

This week’s recommendation couldn’t be any timelier, given Anthony Weiner’s disgraceful collapse into yet another texting scandal, resulting his getting dumped by his wife, Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin.  Don’t miss the political documentary Weiner, probably the best documentary of … Continue reading

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UNDER THE SUN: a wackadoodle regime subverts its own propaganda

The subversive documentary Under the Sun is a searing insight into totalitarian North Korean society, all from government-approved filming that tells a different story than the wackadoodle dictatorship intended. The North Korean regime gave filmmaker Vitaly Mansky permission to film … Continue reading

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NUTS!: the rise and fall of a testicular empire

NUTS! is the persistently hilarious (and finally poignant) documentary about the rise and fall of a medical and radio empire – all built on goat testicle “implantation” surgery in gullible humans. Yes, a huckster named J.R. Brinkley really did surgically … Continue reading

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WEINER: behind the punchline

Don’t miss the political documentary Weiner, probably the best documentary of the year.   It also provokes some reflection on the media in this age. You may remember Anthony Weiner as the politician forced out of Congress in a sexting scandal.  … Continue reading

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HIGH-RISE: the villain is an oligarchy

The dystopian sci-fi satire High-Rise, adapted from a J.G. Ballard novel, makes a droll and cynical comment on our species.  Taking place in the near future, the very wealthy live on the top floors of a self-contained high-rise, just above … Continue reading

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FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE: a grieving fish out of water

An Atlanta man (David Oyeowlo) suddenly loses his wife to an auto accident and is completely shattered by the depth and the jarring abruptness of his loss.  Pushed by his sister out of his paralysis, he drives up to Maine … Continue reading

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Women Directors at SFIFF

This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival  (SFIFF) includes movies from 50 women directors.  Some are high-profile (by indie standards): Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County U.S.A.) brings Miss Sharon Jones!.  Sure to be a festival crowd-pleaser, this doc … Continue reading

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