Film nerds rejoice any time a long, complicated scene doesn’t cut away, but is completed in a single take. Even uncomplicated scenes, as long as the film keeps rolling, can elicit feelings of awe and admiration. And then there are, of course, entire films that are shot this way. Though incredibly rare, you may recall titles like Russian Ark that dazzled cinema-goers with... Read More

Ex Machina and Artificial Intelligence

by Maria Ramos For decades, fiction writers and film directors have been fascinated with the growth and development of our robotic counterparts with movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner standing as longtime cult favorites. The increase in technology has only brought the idea of AI more to the forefront of our minds. Because of this, British sci-fi film Ex Machina... Read More

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s eccentric and minimalist vampire thriller A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has many of the textbook appeals that demand sophisticated and sometimes pretentious audiences. In much of the film, its demand to be taken seriously is warranted as A Girl delivers many fine moments of dialogue, storytelling, and immensely beautiful photography. The film’s... Read More

Only God Forgives

In 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive was released in theaters nearby and hit me like the ton-of-bricks, tour-de-force like it was. It’s rare that I ever attend more than one screening of a film but I made an effort to see Drive three times while I had the chance. It’s been two years now, but reading what I wrote after my second viewing reminded me of the... Read More

I want to rub this trailer all over me – A Single Shot

Director David M. Rosenthal’s past films (with all of which I am unfamiliar) seems to be a collection of unpredictable, and I’m guessing campy, comedies. One did indeed feature Snoop Dogg and Rachel Leigh Cook, so you decide. Nonetheless, the trailer for A Single Shot is electrifying. I want to see it so hard.  Remember, you can see new films like this online. A... Read More

Interview with Noah Baumbach about Frances Ha

  If you haven’t seen Frances Ha yet and are able to do so, go see it.  I couldn’t recommend it more, especially if you’re a fan of Noah Baumbach who sat down with me at the San Francisco International Film Festival to discuss the film, co-writing and directing leading lady Greta Gerwig, why he doesn’t want you to ask him if he wants to direct a superhero... Read More

Interview with Greta Gerwig about Frances Ha

I couldn’t be a bigger fan of Noah Baumbach if I tried. His latest film is a black and white comedy called Frances Ha. Greta Gerwig plays the titular character in the completely charming movie and took a moment to sit down and chat with me at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Why do you think you are so good at portraying women in different crises. I don’t... Read More

Iron Man 3 is Coming

The San Francisco International Film Festival begins next week and I’m excited to be covering the festival for the third year in a row.  It’s exciting taking a peek at some of the films that will slowly be trickling into theaters throughout the rest of the year.  With a host of great movies due for release, it is interesting to consider how many will be sequels, sequels that... Read More

Why I want to rub movie posters all over me

It’s no secret that I want to rub a number of movie posters all over me. The film industry staked its claim on a large part of the popular culture of the last century. This is why the posters associated with many of these films became nothing short of iconic. A film poster has every right to be as treasured as an album cover, and the best ones seem to encapsulate exactly what... Read More

I want to rub this trailer all over me – Only God Forgives

I am not ashamed to admit I saw Drive in the theatre three times. You could say I’m pretty excited about Only God Forgives.    Read More