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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Don't Think Twice</i> Director Mike Birbiglia Second-Guesses <i>Suicide Squad</i> and Donald Trump

Don't Think Twice Director Mike Birbiglia Second-Guesses Suicide Squad and Donald Trump

Director and comedian Mike Birbiglia is fucking pissed at Hollywood. His Sleepwalk With Me follow-up, Don't Think Twice, about a group of six improv performers struggling to make it in New York City, happens to come out the same weekend…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Norman Lear Brings 'All Lives Matter' message to SF Jewish Film Festival

Norman Lear Brings 'All Lives Matter' message to SF Jewish Film Festival

When Norman Lear wrote contentious episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times and The Jeffersons that dealt with war, procreative liberty, poverty, racism and feminism, he expected flack from the networks. What Lear never…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Silicon Valley</i>'s Matt Ross finds balance in Captain Fantastic, Hollywood and Life

Silicon Valley's Matt Ross finds balance in Captain Fantastic, Hollywood and Life

In Captain Fantastic, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) has a crisis of confidence about his parenting style.  The offbeat patriarch, once so gung-ho about raising his brood off the grid, far from the consumerism and technology that he was force-fed, begins to rethink…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Do You Want to Ride Around San Francisco in Ecto-1 Today or Tomorrow?

Do You Want to Ride Around San Francisco in Ecto-1 Today or Tomorrow?

OK, normally, SF Weekly has a severe allergic reaction to anything that even suggests shilling for corporations — but nobody likes a joyless scold, so while we're not going to tell you to use any ride-sharing services this weekend, we will…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist HBO's <i>Looking: The Movie</i>: The Cast Lost its Heart in San Francisco

HBO's Looking: The Movie: The Cast Lost its Heart in San Francisco

On Sunday, June 26, Framline40, the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay film festival, wrapped with a blue carpet premiere for HBO's Looking: The Movie at The Castro Theatre.  SF Weekly caught up with the cast ahead of the film finale,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Madonna's Ex-Dancers Dare to be Truthful in <i>Strike a Pose</i>

Madonna's Ex-Dancers Dare to be Truthful in Strike a Pose

Madonna's feature-length rockumentary Truth or Dare spotlighted many of the Queen of Pop's sexy song-and-dance numbers from her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour. But it was what director Alek Keshishian captured offstage that truly curled mainstream America's toes and almost garnered…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jose Canseco Goes from Outfielder to Outsider in <i>The Truth Hurts</i>

Jose Canseco Goes from Outfielder to Outsider in The Truth Hurts

Jose Canseco remembers Oct. 17, 1989, vividly. The Oakland A's powerhouse was running sprints at Candlestick Park, just 30 minutes before Game 3 in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.   "I suffered from migraines, so I remember…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone "Poke" Fun at Celebrity Excess in <i>Popstar</i>

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone "Poke" Fun at Celebrity Excess in Popstar

The Lonely Island first won loads of notice for its 2006 Emmy-winning SNL short "Dick in a Box," featuring Justin Timberlake. A decade later, the comedy trio, composed of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, comes full circumference with…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Actress Emilia Clarke and author Jojo Moyes Depict a Richer View of Quadriplegia in <i>Me Before You</i>

Actress Emilia Clarke and author Jojo Moyes Depict a Richer View of Quadriplegia in Me Before You

While some are already blasting Me Before You for presenting disabled people as pitiful, the author and the star of the critically-acclaimed-novel-turned-film, Jojo Moyes and Emilia Clarke, respectively, told SF Weekly that they were confident that they had conducted enough…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Within Our Gates</i>: Classic Silent Film Comes to the Castro with a New Score

Within Our Gates: Classic Silent Film Comes to the Castro with a New Score

Oakland Symphony conductor Michael Morgan has done many of Adolphus Hailstork’s pieces, and he calls him the most accomplished African American composer alive today. “The most impressive thing about them is how well written they always are,” Morgan said. “There’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Pie Fights and Trapeze Lust at the SF Silent Film Festival

Pie Fights and Trapeze Lust at the SF Silent Film Festival

Take a break from the Bernie vs. Hillary battle and step back in time 100 years, to an era when the idea of a woman governor, much less a woman president, was the subject of futuristic fiction.  Just in time…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview: The Cult of Yorgos Lanthimos

Interview: The Cult of Yorgos Lanthimos

Seven years ago, I joined a cult. The Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos is the enigmatic leader. I started to follow him after the release of his second film Dogtooth. I momentarily lost faith with his third, Alps, which felt…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How <i>Love and Friendship</i>'s Kate Beckinsale Gets out of Paying Parking Tickets

How Love and Friendship's Kate Beckinsale Gets out of Paying Parking Tickets

When it came time to cast the Lady Susan character, a young, opportunistic widow working to secure a better future at any expense, in Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco) knew he needed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mid-Century Eclectic: Cinema Classics From the '40s, '50s, and '60s at Roxie

Mid-Century Eclectic: Cinema Classics From the '40s, '50s, and '60s at Roxie

A Sunday evening screening of the classic chiller The Bad Seed (1956) will serve as the centerpiece for Mid-Century Eclectic, a festival of art house classics playing at the Roxie, May 13-16 Patty McCormack, who scored an Oscar nomination as the film's 9-year-old serial…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Susan Sarandon about <i>The Meddler</i>

Chatting with Susan Sarandon about The Meddler

Susan Sarandon is not a lesbian vampire. Or Thelma’s best friend. Nor is she an aspiring casino worker in a decaying resort town. She’s not a cello playing witch, a caring drug dealer with a beehive hairdo or a minor…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Filmmaker360: How SFIFF Supports Local Talent

Filmmaker360: How SFIFF Supports Local Talent

Noah Cowan has been with the San Francisco Film Society for two years. He thinks this year’s festival is heading in exactly the right direction. And he’s eager to give credit for that to others. “I think that my…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Don Cheadle about <i>Miles Ahead</i>

Chatting with Don Cheadle about Miles Ahead

If Miles Ahead is your first introduction to the music of Miles Davis, you won’t find an origin story of either the man or the musician. The film includes only one backstory: Davis’ marriage to his first wife Frances.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Real(er) Alien Nation: <i>District 9</i>'s Neill Blomkamp Appears at Alamo Drafthouse

The Real(er) Alien Nation: District 9's Neill Blomkamp Appears at Alamo Drafthouse

When District 9 opened in the summer of 2009, we went into the theater blissfully unaware of the viral marketing campaign and came out believing Neill Blomkamp might be the next great hope for science fiction movie making. The story,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Tom Hiddleston about Hank Williams in <i>I Saw the Light</i>

Chatting with Tom Hiddleston about Hank Williams in I Saw the Light

Adam inhabits a large, dilapidated house in the suburbs of Detroit with only a variety of guitars and recording equipment to keep him company. A collection of portraits hangs on his living room wall: Nikola Tesla; Isaac Newton; Christopher…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nine Picks for Great Flicks at the 2016 SF International Film Festival

Nine Picks for Great Flicks at the 2016 SF International Film Festival

The release of the San Francisco International Film Festival schedule is like Christmas morning to Bay Area movie buffs, and the SF Film Society just dropped the full schedule for its annual two-week smorgasbord of international films and indie flicks.…
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