Interview With Tabloid Director Errol Morris

Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris is currently on the festival circuit with his new film Tabloid, about a former Ms. Wyoming who may or may not have kidnapped a Mormon missionary, chained him up in a ‘love cottage’ for three days and raped him. At least that is one version of the story out of many.  What I do know is that I couldn’t be more excited... Read More

Tabloid

Tabloid tells, without a doubt, the most batshit crazy, strangest story I think I’ve ever heard told in documentary form.  My jaw dropped during the first few minutes of the film, and I remained in an entertained state of shock throughout the remainder.  Errol Morris, who directed Tabloid is coming off his last film, the extremely poorly received Standard Operating Procedure,... Read More

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

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