Film Features

Goodbye to romance

Raunchy 'Bachelorette' is a funny but flawed wedding comedy

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FILM A movie called Bachelorette is inevitably going to be accused of riding Bridesmaids' coattails, even if — as it happens — Bachelorette's source-material play was written years before the 2011 comedy hit theaters.Read more »

Highlights in the dark

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Seasonal tips for giving the multiplex a wide berth (with a few exceptions, of course)

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Mid-century modern

Early efforts by Antonioni and Fellini elevate the curio factor of 1953 omnibus Love in the City

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FILM After World War II, the hitherto miniscule U.S. market for foreign language films slowly opened up, partly due to G.I.s returning home curious about the countries they'd been stationed in. But mostly it was because bold new voices in European cinema were delivering a new realism that could be sold (even when cut by censors) as more "shocking," "frank," and "shameless" than anything Hollywood would hazard for years yet.Read more »

The comeback king

A rock'n'roll cult hero is reborn in 'Searching for Sugar Man'

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Love to Lovecraft

Follow the tentacles: spooky films possess Bay Area screens

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TRASH The movies had barely begun when adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories began appearing onscreen. However, that author's closest inheritor, H.P. Lovecraft, sparked no interest from the medium until a good quarter century after he died in 1937 at age 46, a death as premature following a life by all accounts as miserable as his predecessor's. Read more »

Personal detectives

Filmmakers chart their family histories (and mysteries) at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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SFJFF This year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival includes a trio of documentaries inspired by ephemera: hand-scrawled memoirs and journals, decades-old letters, fading photographs, and yellowing newspapers, long-forgotten and crumpled into attics and storage closets.Read more »

The man who made 500 movies

The SF Silent Film Festival honors prolific director William Beaudine with a screening of 1926's 'The Canadian'

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Out for more

Frameline celebrates 20 years of "New Queer Cinema" — and beyond

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FRAMELINE It was Blue (1993) and Swoon (1992) and Frisk (1995), or My Own Private Idaho (1991) and The Hours and Times (1991). Paris Is Burning (1990). The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995).Read more »

You @ the festival

YouTube, the tango, and all the definitions of strength are on display in Frameline's stellar documentary slate

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FRAMELINE What happens when a human being becomes a meme? This is the question at the heart of Me @ The Zoo, about YouTube celebrity Chris Crocker — destined to be forever known for his sobbing rant imploring the universe to "Leave Britney alone!"Read more »

Womb raiders

A Filipino horror gem unearthed -- and on the loose

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TRASH A primary figure in Philippine folklore dating back centuries, the aswang is a monster that has taken many forms — shape shifting being one constant. But arguably the most prevalent, at least in pop culture today, is that of a vampiric "witch" who uses the guise of a seemingly harmless old woman to ingratiate herself wherever there are pregnant women or young families, with the goal of eventually making a snack of the newborn or not-quite-yet-born. They manage the latter selection by using an extremely long proboscis to suck the ... oh, you don't want to know. Read more »