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 movie.  Check out my interview with Greta Gerwig here. The script... 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 know, those are just the parts I get! You’re good at them! The... Read More

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 about Tabloid.  Read my glowing review of it here. Mr. Morris sat down... 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, and he has firmly reminded us all why he’s an Academy Award-winning... 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 with much in films, and when it is, it’s usually more a vehicle... 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 cast, including the comedic force that is John C. Reilly, and... 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 device’s potentional. While suffering from way too much finger... 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 the film. The setting is the serene and idyllic 1950s, where Lucio... 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 element to it as well. Amadeus (Bengt Nelsson) is a tone deaf police... 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 poetic film makes a human connection between them all in an incredibly... Read More

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