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Film, "Get Low": Hermit Robert Duvall's life-affirming, pre-death funeral

"Get Low": Hermit Robert Duvall's life-affirming, pre-death funeral

No Damn Trespassing, Beware of Mule!" warns the hand-carved sign posted near the high country cabin of Tennessee recluse Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), whose abrupt decision to re-engage with the larger world propels Get Low, an imperfect but rewarding new…
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Film, The S.F. Film Society honors Robert Duvall

The S.F. Film Society honors Robert Duvall

Hired to play a country singer in Tender Mercies (1983), Robert Duvall insisted on doing his own singing; otherwise, he asked, "What's the point?" Throughout his long career, Duvall — honored with the Peter J. Owens Award at the San…
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Film, Will to Win

Will to Win

Kicking & Screaming might be the most predictable film of the year, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Think about it: How many times have you gone to a movie and gotten far less than you were expecting? Here,…
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Film, Reel World

Hearts and Minds

No matter how it looked on television, Michael Moore's Academy Award denunciation of Bush and the war didn't surprise the fellow documentary nominees who joined him onstage. "He had delivered the same message at the Independent Spirit Awards and at…
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Film, Playing God

Playing God

In the 10 years since the release of the documentary Hearts of Darkness, we've been taught to revere the legend of Francis Ford Coppola walking the line between madness and disaster to bring us a masterpiece. But let's also admit…
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