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The Entire 20th Century and Beyond: An Epic List of Movies from the Years in Which They Take Place

If cinema can be looked at as a gateway into time, then why has nobody put together a timelined map outlining which movies have taken place during which year? Not ...

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

Well, 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 ...

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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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Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Sean Baker’s “Tangerine”

Energetic, full of life, all over the place, and if nothing else a damn good time. Before I begin this (final) review of the SFIFF #58 films I want to say thanks to the San Francisco Film Society for putting on a wonderful festival and I look forward to working with you all in the future. Your team was amazing and helpful. Now down to business: Tangerine. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha”, Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” and Thomas Salvadore’s “Vincent”

Krisha

KrishaWelcome to Texas, where everything is big, including the addiction, the food, the drama, and the love. Krisha by director Trey Edward Shults is a family affair that goes horribly awry on a thanksgiving dinner, and it does so in true Texan fashion. I know this because I’m a native Texan myself, and I am so proud of my fellow Texan for making such a great film.

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Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy” and Philippe Lacôte’s “Run”

Love & Mercy

Love and Mercy is a bio-pic of famed singer, multi-instrumentalist, and maker of one of the best records this side of MozartBrian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Being that I am a fan of Wilson this review is going to be biased. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Raoul Peck’s “Murder in Pacot” and Jennifer Phang’s “Advantageous”

Murder in Pacot

Murder_in_Pacot_02A lot of the films I saw at this year’s festival have been first time watches made by already seasoned veterans of filmmaking, something I too will be one day. Murder in Pacot by Raoul Peck is one of those films. Quite honestly it surprised me. I mean it literally surprised me. Not only was it good, it was explosive, taut, provocative, rich with sub-text, and featured shot compositions that were both settling and unsettling at the same time. Here is a film that knows what it is doing and what it wants to say. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: State of Cinema Address with Douglass Trumbull

1174807_Douglas-TrumbullIf you ever had the pleasure of visiting an elder gentleman like a grandfather, or uncle, or perhaps even your own father, you begin to appreciate the wisdom they bestow as they relish in stories of the great yesteryear and days forlorn. And it’s even better when they want to start a revolution. Yes, if sir Douglas Trumbull, who worked with a lot of film greats and luminaries, wants a revolution he should get one. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Dave McKean’s “Luna” and Diao Yinan’s “Black Coal, Thin Ice”

liao_fan_and_gwei_lun_meiI am going to keep this short and sweet for these next reviews. My fellow staff writer has already covered these films but I felt it was my duty if you will (they gave me free tickets) to write a couple quick capsule reviews for Black Coal, Thin Ice and Luna. The scathe, if you will, has left me and now I am relinquished to write a normal review. First up, Dave McKean‘s Luna. Read More…

The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Day 12 – Shira Piven’s “Welcome to Me”

Welcome_to_Me_01I only saw one movie the other night, the Kristen Wiig clunky comedically driven vehicle, Welcome to Me. For a film festival showcasing a lot of non-mainstream “big names”, names mostly known in cinephile and festival junkie circles, this was easily one of the most accessible picks of the litter, especially for anyone wanting to see some well known American actors on screen. Unfortunately, and it pains me to write this, it was also my least favorite film of the festival. I have a prepared statement explaining why. Read More…

Poll Results are in: This Summer’s Most Anticipated Sequel, or Spinoff is…

maxresdefault1Nope, it’s not Minions. I just personally really love these little banana nubs so I stuck this still from the trailer up there. Last month we asked you to vote for your most anticipated summer sequel or spinoff, and contrary to the ridiculous amount of money Avengers: Age of Ultron made on its opening weekend it seems that most of you out there could really care less, which is why the majority of the votes landed in the “I could care less about any of these” column, causing Iron Man and gang to have to settle for second place.

Frankly, I was a little surprised that the majority of people voted this way. Usually, even the most outspoken anti-blockbuster fan will be able to find at least one mainstream movie to get excited for. I would expect this type of consensus to come from a poll in where you were asked to predict what this year’s top 9 grossing movie would be (something the people over at this site actually did), but all you had to do was just find 1 movie out of 10 to be excited for. You just had to pick 1! And what did you do? You chose the “other” choice. Geesh.

Oh well, follow the jump to see how Jurassic World, Magic Mike XXL, Ted 2, Antman, Pitch Perfect 2, and all the other sequels and spinoffs faired. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Tetsuya Nakashima’s “The World of Kanako”

The_World_of_Kanako_01#chooseyourweapon and man did this film do just that. Tetsuya Nakashima latest movie is a gritty noir about a father searching and attempting to rescue his daughter. Liam Neeson and Taken this is not. Matter of fact, don’t go into this film with suppositions of basically anything. The World of Kanako is a funky blast of male machismo, and quite frankly it is a helluva ride that doesn’t let up until the last frame. Read More…