97287_019

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 ...

gal-alice-wonderland-24-jpg

Off With Your Hate! In Defense of Alice

On August 3, 2014, Through the Looking Glass, the completely unnecessary sequel to Tim Burton’s garish 2010 blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, officially went into production. With James Bobin, director of the ...

Photo collage by Kristiana Schmidt

2014 Film Nights in the Park Summer Schedule

Summer is here, San Francisco, which means it’s once again time to grab your picnic baskets, blankets, sweatshirts, scarfs and friends and head out to the park for some free ...

Latest News

John Curran’s “Tracks”

Tracks-Film

four-stars4The most appalling thing about Tracks has nothing to do with the movie itself. Rather, it’s how it’s been handled by Harvey Weinstein the minute he picked up the domestic rights thirteen months ago, from keeping it out of U.S. theaters for an entire year to meagerly promoting it with misleading print advertising selling the film as a love story and pushing its supporting player over the star of the movie. Add to that its being a slowly-paced and subtle study of the human psyche devoid of the hyperactive drivel, bombast and rapid-fire editing that has audiences continuing to flock to superhero blockbusters in droves, and it’s little wonder why it suffered a sluggish opening in its limited-release debut. Worse, because of the long delay, it also has the misfortune of going up against another true-story woman-on-a-long-walk in Wild, the Reese Witherspoon-starring Oscar bait due out in December. Read More…

All Things September: Kevin Macdonald’s “One Day in September”

olympic_lore_munich_1972_terroristWelcome to our newest feature, “All Things (insert month here)”, in where during the last 15 days of each month I’ll try to see as many films as I can which feature the name of the month in the title. It’s September, so time to give my two cents on Kevin Macdonald‘s excellent documentary from 1999, One Day in September. Read More…

All Things September: Byron Haskin’s “September Storm”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to our newest feature, “All Things (insert month here)”, in where during the last 15 days of each month I’ll try to see as many films as I can which feature the name of the month in the title. It’s September, so time to give my two cents on Byron Haskin‘s 1960 B picture, Stereo Vision. Oops, I mean September Storm. Read More…

All Things September: Woody Allen’s “September”

september2Welcome to our newest feature, “All Things (insert month here)”, in where during the last 15 days of each month I’ll try to see as many films as I can which feature the name of the month in the title. It’s September, so let’s kick things off with Woody Allen‘s 1987 film, September. Read More…

David Wnendt’s “Wetlands” Review and Trailer

get.doThere are a lot of good dirty jokes in the world, and then there is this, the equivalent of a knock knock joke that goes something like this:
“Knock knock”
“Whose there?”
“Anus”
“Anus who?”
“…Uhh Anus” Read More…

Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel’s “Fight Church” Review and Trailer

video-undefined-1CD66AAF00000578-660_636x358Is there anything wrong with a pastor preaching love and compassion on one hand while on the other taking part in the world of mixed martial arts, a sport where in order to win you have to either knock your opponent out or beat him/her into submission? Like most things, it all depends on who you ask, and like most really good documentaries, the people being asked are far from dull.

Out-spoken, full of conviction, and guaranteed to stir a reaction from even the most non-religious of viewers (myself included) Fight Church, the latest documentary by Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel, takes a microscopic and non-judgmental look into the theologies of these Pastors of Pain. Read More…

Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem” Review and Trailer

penguinAt first glance it would appear Terry Gilliam‘s newest film is nothing more than an inferior reimagining of his 1985 Owrellian SciFi classic, Brazil, even right down to having the fantastical dream girl character, as well as a scene of kooky doctors examining the protagonist in a sterile and quite large open room. But, if you look closer you’ll see that in fact this is really… oh, who am I kidding? Not only is Zero Theorem an unnessasary take on the same story as Brazil, it’s also a vastly inferior one. Read More…

Catching up with Cassavetes: #7 – “A Woman Under the Influence” (1974)

A_Woman_Under_the_Influence_pic_5Don’t believe it for one second. Regardless of what poor tormented Mable Longhetti’s hand signal wants you to believe in the above picture, trust me, this woman is not okay. Far from it.

Of all the Cassavetes’ films this is the one I heard about the most. However, “the most was solely about Gena Rowlands and her career defining role as the woman who is under the influence. As to what she was under the influence of, oddly enough, no one ever told me that. I always just assumed it was drugs and/or alcohol. Well, turns out I was wrong. It also turns out that thanks to Cassavetes’ penchant for story telling by way of refreshing minimal exposition and an ambiguously savvy ending that the answer isn’t as simple as it first appears to be. Read More…

Catching up with Cassavetes: #6 – “Minnie and Moskowitz” (1971)

Screen+shot+2012-03-26+at+2.09.47+PMI still find it strange that when talks of Cassavetes arises that seldom does this one get mentioned right away as being one of his best. Heck, it’s not even featured in his Criterion Collection box set. If you own this box set and have not seen this yet, go see it right God damn now! It is one hell of a wacky date movie, that’s for sure. Read More…