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Film, Film Feature Frameline 39, Week Two

Frameline 39, Week Two

As we barrel into Pride Weekend, things will not be as they once were. They never are, what with entropy and the arrow of time and all, but the celebrations on the streets surrounding will have a different tone than in…
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Film, Film Feature Chatting with The Overnight's Patrick Brice

Chatting with The Overnight's Patrick Brice

Maybe you've wondered what it'd be like to cheat on your partner, or participate in an orgy — with or without your partner). Coming out on June 26, Patrick Brice film The Overnight (directed by the Duplass Brothers) ponders just…
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Film, Film Feature Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: A Chat

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: A Chat

Some lessons come from the most surprising sources. In Sundance Film Festival favorite Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it takes a high school senior with terminal leukemia to teach antisocial schoolmate Greg and his friend Earl how to live…
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Film, Film Feature Lights of the Season: The Year Closes Out with ​Films You can Share with the Family or See by Your Own Damn Self

Lights of the Season: The Year Closes Out with ​Films You can Share with the Family or See by Your Own Damn Self

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Dec. 5 There's nothing not to get excited about in this feature-length debut. Not only is it shot in glorious black and white, it's also an Iranian (!) vampire (!!) western (!!!), complete…
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Another Hole in the Head: Home-Brewed Horrors

SF Indiefest's Another Hole in the Head horror festival starts a bit later every year; by 2016, it'll probably take place over Christmas (which it totally should!). But this year it's smack dab in the middle of Advent, and kicks…
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New Waves in Mexican Cinema: A Four-Part Series on Emerging Mexican Filmmakers

In this country, and maybe in others, the most famous Mexican filmmakers tend to be the showoffs. That so many of us know the names Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, and Guillermo del Toro (respectively of Birdman, Gravity, and Pacific…
Film, Film Feature Comics Issue 2014: Summer of Our Blockbuster, Winter of Our Discontent

Comics Issue 2014: Summer of Our Blockbuster, Winter of Our Discontent

Our film critics look back on how one little movie about a big fish forever altered the way we watch, and buy, our movies. Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's…
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Film, Film Feature No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

All That Jazz Bob Fosse has been somewhat forgotten these days, largely because his preferred form, the musical, was already out of favor by the time this film was originally released in 1979. Hopefully, this new restoration of his equally…
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Film, Film Feature The Lowliest Medium: A Film Festival Threatens to Send the City into a Rage with a Movie Made on Google Glass

The Lowliest Medium: A Film Festival Threatens to Send the City into a Rage with a Movie Made on Google Glass

The introduction of Google Glass in 2012 sparked a controversy over how "plugged in" is too plugged in. This controversy has heightened recently as more and more people have started wearing the device in public, culminating in a recent spate…
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Film, Film Feature Foreign Lands: A Filmmaker Finds His Story

Foreign Lands: A Filmmaker Finds His Story

Henri Quenette discovered the Tenderloin on April 2, 2013. It was his second day in San Francisco. The French-American filmmaker had come to the city after working on a film in Canada. He wanted to make a documentary, though he…
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Film, Film Feature Reality Show: Physicists Seek the Truth of the Universe (or Universes) in <i>Particle Fever</i>.

Reality Show: Physicists Seek the Truth of the Universe (or Universes) in Particle Fever.

The discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 was a climactic moment for the researchers working on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The Higgs, a particle that physicists needed to find in order to flesh out their picture of…
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Film, Film Feature The Esseffies 2014:  Our Unexpected, Unnecessary Film Awards

The Esseffies 2014: Our Unexpected, Unnecessary Film Awards

Nothing in or around film underwhelms so completely as the Oscars. The hype is too great, the surprises too few. So, for a second year, we offer our own awards for cinematic merit with no hype and practically nothing you…
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Film, Film Feature The Lost Spoof: Top Secret! Endures 30 Years as a Misunderstood Classic

The Lost Spoof: Top Secret! Endures 30 Years as a Misunderstood Classic

Much like Mad Magazine or "Weird Al" Yankovic songs, the exclamatorily titled films of the directing team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker were a comedy primer for my generation. We often knew the spoof by heart long…
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Film, Film Feature Time Will Tell: SF Sketchfest Elevates the Cornball of Yesteryear to the Classic of Today

Time Will Tell: SF Sketchfest Elevates the Cornball of Yesteryear to the Classic of Today

Like Snapchats, sketch comedies sometimes benefit from vanishing right after being seen: It was live before your eyes, and then it was gone forever, and maybe that's for the best. So, by trying to harness that fleeting essence in motion-picture…
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Film, Film Feature The Future Is Now: Ten Movies We're Excited About in 2014

The Future Is Now: Ten Movies We're Excited About in 2014

Yes, this list contains one arguably unnecessary sequel, one arguably unnecessary remake, and two true stories, but we must be honest with ourselves and allow that franchise propagation taps directly into what makes movies so fun in the first place:…
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Film, Film Feature The Best Films of 2013: Our Critics Choose Their Favorites

The Best Films of 2013: Our Critics Choose Their Favorites

Sherilyn Connelly 1. Spring Breakers Nothing about Harmony Korine's film should work, and shame on him for using footage from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic without giving credit, but what looks at first like a Pedobear fantasia is actually…
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Film, Film Feature Film Moments You Missed in 2013

Film Moments You Missed in 2013

Annis Faris' Awkward Third in I Give it A Year Because she has to pay the bills like anybody else, Anna Faris has been in more than a few movies which trade on her looks while squandering her considerable comedic…
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Film, Film Feature Applying the Twisted Logic of Room 237 to Everything

Applying the Twisted Logic of Room 237 to Everything

Saving Mr. Banks Predicts a New Ice Age Early into the film Saving Mr. Banks, we see that Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers owns a book called The Teachings of Gurdjieff. In real life, Travers was indeed a devotee of…
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Film, Film Feature The Mill Valley Film Festival

The Mill Valley Film Festival

In its 36th year, the cozy Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin has a lineup at least diverse enough to include a Costa-Gavras tribute, a Return of the Jedi screening for old times' sake, and a multimedia happening by Thomas…
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San Francisco Latino Film Festival: Films from All Sides of the Borders

Happening in no fewer than nine different venues around town, the San Francisco Latino Film Festival showcases the work of both emerging and already established filmmakers from the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and more than a dozen other countries. There are…
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