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Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajares) – Review and Trailer

2two-stars1Pedro Almodóvar is undoubtedly an influential character in contemporary cinema. His films are frequently discussed, and his name often comes up in a list of auteurs of note from even those who have a modicum of a background in cinema. Times like these, though, I cannot help but wonder why.

It is a departure from the bizarre, amusing, and absurd The Skin I Live In. I will attempt to tell the plotline to you to save you the struggle if you choose to see it for some reason: Two technicians talk about their marriage beneath a plane. On the plane, the stewards talk about sex, then the pilots talk about sex, then a passenger talks about how she’s a virgin and a psychic and will have sex, and then everyone takes mescaline and has sex, with some minor character aspects sprinkled heavy-handedly in between. Oh, also the plane is malfunctioning and they all might die. Read More…

25 Highly Anticipated Films for 2013


Image from Spike Jonze’s Her

Let’s just get this out of the way right now, movies such as The Hangover part 3, The Fast & The Furious part 6, Scary Movie 5, the next Hunger Games movie or the next Hobbit movie will not be on this list.

What will be on this list are films being released by today’s auetuers, and potential classics in the making – I hope.

I listed the films in alphabetical order, because choosing my favorite was just too damn tough.  Click the jump to see what 2013 has to offer Read More…

Must-See February Films

Feb 1: Midnight In Paris (Castro Theatre)

Midnight in Paris might be Woody Allen‘s first great comedy in decades, but it was worth the wait. The film follows an author (Owen Wilson) on an unexpected journey through different eras in Paris’ history. As he travels through the years and meets some of histories most eccentric and hilarious characters, he tries to find validation of his book and meaning in his life.  Midnight in Paris is a surreal, intelligent comedy that’s as entertaining as it is meaningful.

Feb 1 – 2: Drive (Roxie Theatre)

The whole feel of Drive is as if Stanley Kubrick rose from the grave to direct the screen adaption of popular video game Grand Theft Auto. Drive is a poem composed of love, graphic violence, fast cars, and an awesome jacket. Director Nicolas Winding Refn brings the beauty of an “art house” film into the action/suspense genre and by doing so he has created one of the best films of the year. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan with brilliant support from Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston and Ron Perlman.

Feb 2: Groundhog Day/Caddyshack (Castro Theatre)

Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day, it’s a no-brainer really.  This movie easily falls into my top 10 comedies of all time.  Yeah, it’s that good!  Bill (Motha fuckin’!) Murray is at his best as the cynical, grumpy weatherman forced to repeat the same day over and over again for what is the equivalent of years.  Everything that makes Bill Murray great is on display here, from his acute reactive comedic timing to his dry wit.

As for Caddyshack, I can never understand why this movie is so popular.  The last time I saw it (about 10 years ago) I was dumbfounded as to why I was the only one in a full theatre to not utter a single chuckle.  But since The Castro offers a two-for-one deal on all Double-Features, I think I’ll try and give it another chance. Read More…

New To San Francisco Theaters Starting Friday, October 21st

A war veteran, an obsessed surgeon, a couple of Spanish maids, and an angry inch.  What do all these things have in common?  They’re all featured in new films opening this week in San Francisco theaters.  To see the full list of films and where they’re playing follow the jump.

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The Almodóvar Effect: Has This Ever Happened To You?

Something strange, unfamiliar, and most wonderful happened to me the other week. I was at the Castro Theater watching Pedro Almodóvar’s Talk To Her when tears began to trickle down my cheek. Sure, I’ve cried at films before, many of us have, but never has the culmination of lighting, sound, acting, color, costume, framing, casting, make-up, etc., all united in such a way as to move me to tears.

These tears had nothing to do with the plot or any investment I had with any of the characters. These were tears of awe from the way in which a scene was filmed. Yes, I was crying over the actual filmmaking.

I have heard of people crying in awe of paintings or sculptures before, but from a movie?  And what’s even more astonishing about the entire episode is that none of the film techniques in this particular scene were new to me.  The part of the movie I am referring to that engulfed my soul with tear-worthy emotion was a slow motion bull fighting scene.  Surely, this had nothing to do with me dressing up as a Matador last week for work… or did it? Read More…

25 Films That Could Blow You Away in the Second Half of 2011

This is a list of some of our most anticipated movies of 2011. These films have the potential to knock a cinephiles socks off and hopefully most of them will. I must admit, after making this list, this could be a truly fantastic year for movie fans.

Before I get started, a disclaimer: this is not a list for those of you who think that Transformers, The Green Lantern, Harry Potter, or Twilight are going to be the best films of the year. If you made a funny face and almost spewed just from thinking about the aforementioned films, this is your list.  Maybe.

Feel free to leave comments down below.  I was pretty thorough with my list, but I could have forgotten something. To see the list click the link below.

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