Archive for August, 2015

A Skateboarder And An Average Man
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A Skateboarder And An Average Man

The Castro Theatre offers two intriguing presentations about a skateboarder (well, quite a few skateboarders) and an average man in the coming week. One is a screening of a King Vidor classic of silent film with live organ accompaniment. The other goes globe-trotting with several skateboarders trying to test the limits of what can be […]

Don't Mess With Lily Tomlin
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Don’t Mess With Lily Tomlin

On the documentary front, viewers have two choices. One film is a country-hopping tribute to steak porn. Hubert Sauper’s film, by contrast, limits its setting to the newly formed country of South Sudan. But his award-winning look at the return of the old colonialism/exploitation games to South Sudan is required viewing. But for those seeking […]

Bad Brains And A Fat Wreck
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Bad Brains And A Fat Wreck

Punk music and lesser known works from cinematic masters highlight this week of special film screenings. On the punk side, there are documentaries on seminal punk/reggae fusion group Bad Brains and the independent label Fat Wreck Chords. Veteran directors are represented by rarities: David Cronenberg fools around with virtual reality; Satoshi Kon details a decades-long […]

Greta Gerwig: Holly Golightly 2015?
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Greta Gerwig: Holly Golightly 2015?

Greta Gerwig’s star turn as a madcap nutter in modern day New York City provides one of the weekend’s cinematic highlights. A more serious star performance comes from Nina Hoss in a tale of deception and betrayal in post-World War II Berlin. The high testosterone crowd can choose from either a portrait of 1970s motorcycle […]

Montage Of Kurt Cobain
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Montage Of Kurt Cobain

Brett Morgen’s new documentary portrait of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain promises to sacrifice traditional biographical structure in favor of emotional truth. For folks who aren’t Kurt Cobain fans, Marielle Heller’s adaptation of Phoebe Glockner’s graphic novel offers a cheerful look at sex with an underage minor. By contrast, the anti-heroines of Fort Tilden […]

Marlon Brando Speaks
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Marlon Brando Speaks

Film lovers, especially fans of classic Hollywood films, will want to check out this weekend’s premiere of the cinematic autobiography of iconic actor Marlon Brando. A documentary about the Gore Vidal-William F. Buckley debates/screaming matches shows how television discussion of public issues started devolving from polite arguments into verbal bare-knuckled boxing. A dramatized five-day interview […]

Lego Of Your Silence, Wild City
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Lego Of Your Silence, Wild City

The new Lego documentary and the new Dragonball movie may be the most high-profile non-Hollywood film openings for many people right now. However, the most worthwhile new films to catch hail from Indonesia and Hong Kong. Joshua Oppenheimer’s sequel to The Act Of Killing follows a brave optometrist who confronts genocidal killers. Ringo Lam returns […]