Film Features

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 »

Camp classic

Bloody long, and bloody fun: 'Crystal Lake Memories' documents the 'Friday the 13th' franchise in its gory entirety

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FILM Daniel Farrands' 400-minute documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th received coverage last month in an unlikely outlet: the New York Times. "A Seven-Hour Documentary About a Horror Franchise? The Director Explains," read the skeptical headline.

"A seven-hour documentary about a horror franchise?" I said. "Gotta get my mitts on that!"Read more »

The observer

Jem Cohen talks art, photography, and 'Museum Hours'

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Highway to hell

'Blue Caprice' explores the murky motives of the Beltway snipers

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Provoc-auteur

A multi-venue series highlights edgy filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini

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FILM It still boggles the mind that perhaps the most important single figure in the socio-religiously conservative Italy's artistic media of the 1960s through the mid-'70s — an extraordinarily fertile period, particularly for cinema — was an openly queer Marxist atheist and relentless church critic. Pier Paolo Pasolini stirred innumerable controversies during his life, ending prematurely in his alleged 1975 murder by a teenage hustler. Read more »

Silver screen playbook

FALL ARTS: FILM Hustlers, slaves, anchormen, and Nebraskans -- Hollywood and rep-house picks for the season ahead

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cheryl@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS In the Bay Area film scene, the volume is pretty much turned all the way up, all year 'round. But fall is particularly jam-packed: we've got more festivals and art-house events than we know what to do with — and coupled with the buzzy Hollywood stuff, film fans best prep for a solid diet of popcorn until New Year's Eve. Or you could pick and choose the events and openings that excite you the most, using my multi-point plan as a jumping-off point.Read more »

Reel to real

Revisiting Shirley Clarke's 1967 'Portrait of Jason'

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Made-for-sleazy

A 1990s tabloid princess rides again in 'Triple Fisher'

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FILM Before Nancy Grace and 24-hour news channels turned every vaguely salacious story into a screaming headline — and before TMZ.com and Twitter captured and exploded every dark urge in the American heart — there was a more innocently lurid time. Proudly sordid news shows like Hard Copy and A Current Affair zeroed in on names like "Menendez" and "Bobbitt." Sally Jessy Raphael investigated "Satanic baby breeders." A white supremacist threw a chair into Geraldo Rivera's face. Read more »

The truth hurts

Boxing, bigots, beauty, booze: Weighty themes permeate SF Jewish Film Festival docs

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