Film Features

Goldies 2014 Dance/Film: San Francisco Dance Film Festival

After starting small, the ambitious festival had a banner 2013 (with even bigger plans for the future)

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GOLDIES Greta Schoenberg founded the San Francisco Dance Film Festival in 2008, but she didn't realize it at the time. It began as "Motion Pictures," a gallery show combining dance photography with screenings of Schoenberg's "screen dance" films — short works she'd made specifically for the camera.Read more »

Global tension

Noir City 12 widens its focus — but it still ain't afraid of the dark

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Death and life

Archetypal tales and vibrant cinematic voices reign at the African Film Festival

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Breaking points

New films from China teem with 21st century angst

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Pop psychology

This year, fathers loomed large (and caused havoc) at the multiplex

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By Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

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Year in Film: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' Eclectic 2013 Countdown

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16. Oldboy (Spike Lee, US) and Drug War (Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong) Two films from two of the hardest-working filmmakers in the biz. Though close to an hour and 20 minutes were butchered from Lee's reimagining of Park Chan-wook's 2003 film, it still offered an audacious look at entitlement in America. And To delivered yet another taut gangsters vs. cops drama that ranks up there with The Mission (1999) and PTU (2003).Read more »

Watch out!

THE YEAR IN FILM: Films in 2013 favored solo peril, moody self-discovery, and greed-fueled plunges
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YEAR IN FILM What the hell am I watching? I muttered that phrase many times in 2013, with interpretations ranging all over the cinematic map. There was a sense of amazed "How did they do that?" during Gravity; feelings of intrigued unease during Upstream Color and The Act of Killing; and a genuine feeling of befuddlement as a book I thoroughly enjoyed, World War Z, was transformed into a puddle of CG mud with Brad Pitt bobbing at its center.Read more »

Bully pulpit

Why it doesn't "get better" for Carrie White

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YEAR IN FILM While teen bullying might be quite topical, it's far from being a new issue, as evidenced by Stephen King's first published novel, Carrie. Set in the hormone-jittery corridors of a suburban high school, the 1974 tome details an outsider's humiliating entrance into womanhood, as well as the ruthless revenge she enacts on her cruel classmates after she discovers she has the power to move objects with her mind.Read more »

Spiking the box office

THE YEAR IN FILM: Looking back at a triumphant year for African American films
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YEAR IN FILM It's tough to remember much of the '90s — what with the air horns and kindercore, flannel and Flavor Flav — but I seem to recall Spike Lee giving the orders that seemed to finally, fully come to pass in 2013: "Make black film."Read more »

This stuff'll kill ya

Feed your genre needs at Another Hole in the Head

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FILM Clad only in a dingy T-shirt and tighty-whities, with an overgrown beard and a hollow look of defeat in his eyes, shut-in Ian (Adrian DiGiovanni) spends his days channel-surfing and plotting ways to commit suicide. When his beloved vintage TV ("His name was Kent," he tells the camera, in the first of many direct addresses) fizzles, smokes, and goes dark, he finally takes action.Read more »