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Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Sean Baker’s “Tangerine”

Energetic, full of life, all over the place, and if nothing else a damn good time. Before I begin this (final) review of the SFIFF #58 films I want to say thanks to the San Francisco Film Society for putting on a wonderful festival and I look forward to working with you all in the future. Your team was amazing and helpful. Now down to business: Tangerine. Read More…

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Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha”, Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” and Thomas Salvadore’s “Vincent”

Krisha

KrishaWelcome to Texas, where everything is big, including the addiction, the food, the drama, and the love. Krisha by director Trey Edward Shults is a family affair that goes horribly awry on a thanksgiving dinner, and it does so in true Texan fashion. I know this because I’m a native Texan myself, and I am so proud of my fellow Texan for making such a great film.

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Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy” and Philippe Lacôte’s “Run”

Love & Mercy

Love and Mercy is a bio-pic of famed singer, multi-instrumentalist, and maker of one of the best records this side of MozartBrian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Being that I am a fan of Wilson this review is going to be biased. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Dave McKean’s “Luna” and Diao Yinan’s “Black Coal, Thin Ice”

liao_fan_and_gwei_lun_meiI am going to keep this short and sweet for these next reviews. My fellow staff writer has already covered these films but I felt it was my duty if you will (they gave me free tickets) to write a couple quick capsule reviews for Black Coal, Thin Ice and Luna. The scathe, if you will, has left me and now I am relinquished to write a normal review. First up, Dave McKean‘s Luna. Read More…

The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Day 12 – Shira Piven’s “Welcome to Me”

Welcome_to_Me_01I only saw one movie the other night, the Kristen Wiig clunky comedically driven vehicle, Welcome to Me. For a film festival showcasing a lot of non-mainstream “big names”, names mostly known in cinephile and festival junkie circles, this was easily one of the most accessible picks of the litter, especially for anyone wanting to see some well known American actors on screen. Unfortunately, and it pains me to write this, it was also my least favorite film of the festival. I have a prepared statement explaining why. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Tetsuya Nakashima’s “The World of Kanako”

The_World_of_Kanako_01#chooseyourweapon and man did this film do just that. Tetsuya Nakashima latest movie is a gritty noir about a father searching and attempting to rescue his daughter. Liam Neeson and Taken this is not. Matter of fact, don’t go into this film with suppositions of basically anything. The World of Kanako is a funky blast of male machismo, and quite frankly it is a helluva ride that doesn’t let up until the last frame. Read More…

Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy’s “The Editor” and Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Eden”

The Editor

The_Editor_03To sum it up, one of the best parody movies I’ve seen in a long time. I am not too familiar with the whole Italian horror genre, but if this is an indicator of what they are consistently doing, please sign me up. Read More…

The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Day 10 – Hajooj Kuka’s “Beats of the Antonov” and Lucie Borleteau’s “Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey”

Fidelio_Alices_Journey_01Having to, or should I say “wanting to” commit a big chunk of my weekend to both my band (#VulgarTrade) and my significant other (#wife), as well as get some much-needed pinball time in, I wound up only seeing two movies between Friday and Sunday, a great documentary from Sudan, and a not so great, but very easy on the eyes titillating drama from France. Read More…

The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Day 8 – Hong Sang-soo’s “Hill of Freedom”

Hill_of_Freedom_01Hong Sang-soo, more like Hong San-soooo good! Am I right or am I right? To give credit where credit is due, whether she wants it or not, that little pun on the director’s name was told to me by a co-worker whose name shall remain anonymous. I thought it was rather clever (and corny) and was actually quite bummed I hadn’t thought of it myself, especially haven seen and loved other movies by Sang-soo.

Sometimes all I want out of an international film festival film is to have a good laugh with warm good festival friends over good broken second-language English speaking characters who themselves are having good laughs with good company over good drinks and good conversation. Wouldn’t you know it Hill of Freedom is exactly that. It’s 66 minutes of, you guessed it, sweet sweet goodness. Read More…

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