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18 Nights of Dario Argento Films (1970 – 2012)

Thanks to our residential expert on all-things-Dario Argento we now have a trustworthy place to visit in order to weed out the good Argento films from the awful ones. Writer, ...

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7 Lesser-Known San Francisco Films

I recently wrote an article for the magazine 7×7 on some lesser-known classic films that San Francisco has to offer. (The article could be read in full by clicking anywhere ...

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Check out Jason Boyce’s Latest Documentary “Ferguson: No Justice, No Peace”

“On August 9th, Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson. This documentary follows the next few days as protests grip the town ...

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Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy”

cdn.indiewire-1Whether I say it or not, whenever I throw on a film from the 1970s the thought of “they just don’t make movies like that anymore” passes through my brain, and if I hadn’t known The Duke of Burgundy was a new release I would be saying that exact same thing. As it turns out apparently they do make films like that still, well, they being Peter Strickland anyway. Man oh man do I love this movie, and speaking of love… Read More…

5 Must-See Films for the Week of January 19th

sherlock5If you’re planning on visiting a theatre in the Bay Area this week (Jan 19 – Jan 25), these are the five best films I can recommend you see. There’s a good chance that I’ll be at one or more of these screenings, so if you see me, say hi.

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Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s “Still Alice”

still_alice“A film about a brilliant woman slowly dying of Alzheimer’s? That sounds like a blast! Sign me up!”

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Paolo Virzi’s “Human capital”

1415651763What do you get when you have a gorgeous and talented cast, deeply involved story, and more revelation about money and anxiety than John the revelator? Simple: Human Capital. Directed by Paolo Virzi, this is Italy’s Oscar contender for best foreign language film. And boy does it pack a wallop! Read More…

5 Must-See Films for the Week of January 12th

MONROEHello, and welcome to my brand new feature in where every Monday I’ll list five Must-See films for the upcoming week in the Bay Area.

If you’re planning on visiting a theatre in the Bay Area this week (Jan 12 – Jan 18), these are the five best films I can recommend you see. There’s a good chance that I’ll be at one or more of these screenings, so if you see me, say hi.

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Filmbalaya’s Top 15 Films of 2014

cdn.indiewireWell, folks, it’s about that time again.  The new year has come, and it is up to us to tell you what the best movies were last year because, let’s face it, we’d hate to force you to think for yourself.  We tried to do this as objectively as we possibly could, and, in using the scientific method, we employed such tools as our trusty alembic, abacus, and many systems of levers and pulleys to finally arrive at the definite conclusions presented below. Make sure to comment and let us know what you think!

Now, without further ado, the 15 best films of 2015, presented to you in alphabetical order and followed up by another 15 almost equally impressive runner-ups. Read More…

I Spy with My Little Eye… A Coen Brothers Movie Coming to the Criterion Collection

Wacky_New_Year_2015_largeEarlier this week the folks over at the Criterion Collection graced us with this brain teaser doodle of what we can expect from them to release in 2015. Aside from the depiction of a man carrying a cat and a guitar, which I’m certain has to be for the Coen brothers‘ “Inside Llewyn Davis”, for the most part I’m left with several interpretations as to what it is the others could be. I am however keeping my fingers crossed that the man on the bridge running away from the rowdy horde is Buster Keaton‘s “Seven Chances” and that the man reading what appears to be a map is Harold Ramis‘ “Vacation”. Guess only time will tell – speaking of which, what does that clock under the bridge represent?

How many movies can you find in the above picture?

Yep, Another “Best of” List: The Best and Worst of 2014

dafoe-and-brody-in-THE-GRAND-BUDAPEST-HOTELWell, it’s time once again for me to share with the movie nerds webwide what I thought was the best that 2014 had to offer in cinema. This is not our Top 15 movies of the year list. This post is just my opinion (which is obviously the absolute best opinion) on what I thought was the best, and worst, that movies had to offer this year. You know what they say, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one, and everybody thinks everyone elses stinks.”, so inhale deeply and take a whiff of mine.

Follow the jump to see my stinking opinions on what I thought were the Best Performance, Best Villain, Best use of a Pop Song, Best Documentary, Best Horror, Best Sci-Fi, Best Action, Best Comedy, Worst Movie and some other categories.

(Side note: I still have not seen the following films, “Map to the Stars”, “Mr. Turner”, and “Inherent Vice”)

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Podcast Episode 2 – “Nightcrawler” and “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

000037.2766.AGirlWalksHomeAloneAtNight_still2_SheilaVand_MarshallManesh__byLyleVincent_2013-11-27_10-56-59AMJoin us for our latest podcast discussion in where we talk about two films that both should have been called Nightcrawler, and where one of us experiences a form of slow motion sickness.

Tread with caution however, because THERE ARE SPOILERS, lots of them. Show notes below player.

Opening Music: “Night Time is the Right Time” by Ray Charles
2:00 – Nightcrawler
22:22 – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
1:01:36 – Outro Music: “Death” by White Lies