Archive for May, 2015

S.F. Silent Film Festival Turns 20
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S.F. Silent Film Festival Turns 20

Bay Area lovers of silent film will be flocking to San Francisco’s Castro Theatre this weekend. That venue is hosting the special 20th year of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. This year’s festival (which runs May 28 to June 1) offers American features starring John Gilbert (Flesh And The Devil) and Harold Lloyd (Speedy), […]

Asghar Farhadi Wins The Weekend
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Asghar Farhadi Wins The Weekend

If you’re looking for opening films, the choices comes down to critical darlings or light entertainments. In the former category, Asghar Farhadi wins Memorial Day weekend with a mystery. Lisandro Alonso’s new film has also garnered quite a bit of praise if you’re in the mood for his enigmatic style of storytelling. Of the entertainments, […]

9th SF Sex Worker Film Festival
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9th SF Sex Worker Film Festival

As part of the 9th biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival, the Roxie Theater will host a movie marathon of sex worker films on May 23. The films screened consider sex work in the context of both labor and human rights. To this end, there are short films (and a […]

H.R. Giger Nightmares And Other Fears
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H.R. Giger Nightmares And Other Fears

Fears from various causes provide the impetus for several of this week’s openings. But the best nightmarish film opening this week is probably a documentary about the late artist H.R. Giger. For those who can do without the H.R. Giger-induced freakouts, there is lighter fare also opening this week. Choices include a documentary about the […]

Kristen Wiig Does Twisted Oprah
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Kristen Wiig Does Twisted Oprah

Kristen Wiig stars in the fiction feature film among this weekend’s openings that has the most intriguing premise. To the comedian’s credit, she runs with the story for all she’s worth. Audience members’ mileage may vary. From this end, the must-see films to watch this weekend are documentaries on pre-1975 Cambodian rock and roll and […]

Cinema Fundraisers Unconnected To SFIFF
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Cinema Fundraisers Unconnected To SFIFF

Still have art film jones but can’t make it this week for a screening at the still ongoing San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF)? Alternatives are understandably light on the ground. But one option among the special screenings this week is to catch one of three benefit screenings. The Hunting Ground Kirby Dick’s recent documentary […]

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The Laughing At Old Movies Problem

Ever sat at a public screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Godfather and found that some jerk behind you is laughing continuously at the screen even though the film in question is not a comedy? Sam Adams at Criticwire has a good piece on what it really means when a self-proclaimed sophisticate (e.g. […]