Werner Herzog on The Colbert Report

I don’t often watch The Colbert Report any more. While I’d like to blame Hulu and Comedy Central failing to come to an agreement which pulled the show from the online service last year, the truth is I grow tired of how stupid politics in America are. And no matter how well Colbert points out the idiocy, I still just get frustrated. However, last night’s guest,... Read More

I want to rub this trailer all over me – Take Shelter

One of my biggest regrets of this year’s Sundance International Film Festival is missing out on Jeff Nichols’ film, Take Shelter.  Starring the highly regarded Michael Shannon, and Jessica Chastain.   Read More  Read More

SFIFF – Interview With Azazel Jacobs and Creed Bratton of Terri

Terri held the honor of the Centerpiece Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year. It’s directed by Azazel Jacobs, written by Patrick DeWitt and stars John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, and Jacob Wysocki.  Terri first screened at Sundance and had locked down distribution even before that (it should be coming to a theater near you sometime soon!).  Azazel... Read More

SFIFF – Interview with the Director of The Whistleblower, Lisa Kondracki

In this photo (L to R): Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bolkovac and Larysa Kondracki Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower was one of the most talked about films about SFIFF 54.  I personally loved the film, read my review here.  It’s a powerful potrait of human-trafficking and government cover ups that took place in Bosnia in the early 2000s.  It’s gritty and compelling,... Read More

SFIFF – The Whistleblower

Watching The Whistleblower is not an easy experience. It’s a bit like getting kicked in the stomach. While it’s based on a true story, the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, it’s even more unnerving to hear director Larysa Kondracki speak about how she had to tone down the remarkable turn of events to make it believable at all. Human trafficking is not an issue dealt... Read More

SFIFF – Terri

Azazel Jacobs really came to the attention of film folk at Sundance in 2008 with a well-received film named Momma’s Man. But we haven’t heard anything from him since, until his new film Terri arrived on the festival scene this year. It held the honor of Centerpiece Film at SFIFF, and screened to a sold out crowd. This time, Azazel was working with a much more recognizable... Read More

SFIFF – Hands Up (Les main en l’air)

The idea of telling very complex and adult stories through the eyes of children has a lot of promise.  Especially if the filmmakers take children seriously and don’t write them off as incapable emotionally and intellectually.  This is what Romain Goupil tried to do with his latest film Hands Up, for which he also wrote the original screenplay.  The film falls short of the... Read More

SFIFF – Asleep in the Sun (Dormir al sol)

When I told a movie buff friend of mine I would be attending SFIFF, I asked him if there were any movies he thought I should pay attention to. Among the films he listed, he mentioned Alejandro Chomski’s Asleep in the Sun saying ,”the Argentines often start with artiness and inexplicably end up with real art.” I’m surprised as how well that description fits... Read More

SFIFF – Sound of Noise

It’s difficult to label what the group that the film Sound of Noise follows, does.  I guess it could be called art.  Or music.  But it’s closer to terrorism at first glance.  Not so much the kind with religious endorsement, and while dangerous, no one dies, no one blows themselves up on a bus.  But it does invite a fair amount of chaos.  And there’s a humorous... Read More

SFIFF – Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la luz)

Nostalgia for the Light has been one of the most talked about documentaries at the festival. It pairs some very unlikely subjects.  After all, what do Chilean astronomers, archeologists studying human remains, and women, searching the desert for the bodies of loved ones killed concentration camps, have in common on the surface?  Nothing it seems.  But Patricio Guzmán’s... Read More