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  • Video of the Day: The Idiocratic Life

    published Sep 25, 2012

    Hollywood directors test-drive their movies for focus groups in Anaheim. Bay Area documentarians, although not averse to reaching the multiplex masses (even if they're a good deal less shameless about... More >>

  • When Movies Mattered

    published August 29, 2012

    Left coasters may not pay much attention to the New York film scene, but the Apple’s exhibitors, curators, festivals, and critics set the... More >>

  • To Rome, with Love

    published August 15, 2012

    As you count down the dwindling days on your summer fling, it’s perfectly natural to feel a melancholy twinge. The Italians have a word for... More >>

  • Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

    published August 1, 2012

    Live cinema is the next unpredictable step in the movie-going experience, if you haven’t been paying attention to the experimental... More >>

  • 90 Years Young

    published August 1, 2012

    The masterful director Howard Hawks had a simple strategy: Craft great scenes. String enough of ‘em together, and you have a great movie.... More >>

  • Who Let the Flying Monkeys Out

    published July 18, 2012

    You know you’re an adult when you no longer enjoy The Wizard of Oz as a fabulous fairy tale or a demented drug trip but appreciate it... More >>

  • Ride ‘Em All Around the Old Corral

    published July 18, 2012

    Todd Solondz’s human comedies are so dark, and so filled with awkward and humiliating behavior, that it’s sometimes hard to see the... More >>

  • Christmas in July

    published July 11, 2012

    The proudly (or perversely) named San Francisco Frozen Film Festival -- a reference to Mark Twain’s apocryphal one-liner, not the... More >>

  • The Silent Treatment

    published July 11, 2012

    “Shut up and smile” is generally good advice for guys who tend to screw up dates by saying something overly candid, or revealing, or... More >>

  • Alex in Wonderland

    published July 4, 2012

    A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess’s brilliant, slang-infused 1962 novella of disturbed and disturbing youth, is one tough... More >>

  • Catch Cult Classic A Clockwork Orange on the Big Screen

    published Jul 10, 2012

    Anthony Burgess's brilliant, slang-infused 1962 novella of disturbed and disturbing youth, is one tough read. Stanley Kubrick's harrowing 1971 film is more, ahem, penetrable, but remains an unapologet... More >>

  • Those Summer Nights

    published June 20, 2012

    Say what you will about John Travolta -- and we have, many times -- the man is a walking miracle of career longevity. He’s successfully... More >>

  • Poe-try in Motion

    published June 27, 2012

    Imagine Edgar Allen Poe filtered through a Euro sensibility and the delirious excesses of the ‘60s, and you’re apt to conjure... More >>

  • Heroes and Villains

    published June 13, 2012

    Knowledge isn’t power; context is. That’s the timeless lesson that Vito Russo, the fearless queer activist and devoted film buff,... More >>

  • Sting Like a Bee

    published June 13, 2012

    The San Francisco Black Film Festival has never sugarcoated unpleasant truths, nor has it endorsed the illusory and fleeting comfort of... More >>

  • Blue Meanies Beware

    published June 6, 2012

    The cultural and social upheaval of the 1960s was so pervasive and palpable that even a child couldn’t miss it, especially if that... More >>

  • The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" Gets a Digital Makeover

    published Jun 08, 2012

    The cultural and social upheaval of the 1960s was so pervasive and palpable that even a child couldn't miss it, especially if that child's parents provided a couple of quarters to see the latest featu... More >>

  • Pretty in Pink (and Crimson)

    published May 23, 2012

    For most of us insecure (that is, normal) adolescents, Prom Night meant Prom Nightmare. A minefield of potential humiliation, it began weeks in... More >>

  • Revolutionary Rutting

    published April 25, 2012

    Remember when certain types of hetero sex were acts of political rebellion? Don’t fret if you don’t — those days will return... More >>

  • Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address
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    Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address

    published Apr 24, 2012

    At last year's San Francisco International Film Festival, indie producer and invited speaker Christine Vachon embarrassed her hosts with a sloppy and unprepared "State of Cinema" report. To erase the ... More >>

  • Organizing a Community

    published April 4, 2012

    In the mid-1980s, Barack Obama left a promising and well-paid New York business career to work as a community organizer on the South Side of... More >>

  • "Choked": Economic Parable Exposes Social Mores

    published April 18, 2012

    A good deal less harrowing and cataclysmic than it could (and perhaps should) have been, this well-observed first feature considers the narrow... More >>

  • "Smugglers' Songs": A Glimpse down the Road to Freedom

    published April 18, 2012

    This episodic, easy-rolling saga of nomadic living and grassroots insurgency centers on a convivial band of armed traders in the French... More >>

  • The S.F. International Film Festival Stirs Up Ethical Dilemmas

    published April 18, 2012

    The inventor and radical thinker R. Buckminster Fuller walked into a public washroom and, spying an unflushed urinal, pulled the handle. Asked... More >>

  • Hitchcock Heights

    published March 28, 2012

    A glamorous, glittering city on a hill, San Francisco in the late 1950s represented the pinnacle of American prosperity and sophisticated... More >>

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