SFIFF58 Spotlights #7: Welcome to Me/Very Semi-Serious/Two Shots Fired

May 6, 2015

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival closes tomorrow, Thursday, May 7th, but that still leaves you time to see some films, including the closing night film, Experimenter (with Winona Ryder in attendance for the Q&A!). The screening is at 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre, and info and tickets are available here. In the meantime, […]

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Show Review: Two Nights with Sleater-Kinney at The Masonic, 5/2/15-5/3/15

May 5, 2015

The last time Sleater-Kinney played a show in San Francisco, it was a two-night stand at the Great American Music Hall that ran May 2nd and 3rd, 2006. Exactly nine years to the day, they returned to San Francisco, only instead of returning to that intimate, 600-seat club, they played nine blocks away at the newly-restored Masonic […]

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SFIFF58 Interview: ‘Vincent’ director/writer/actor Thomas Salvador

May 5, 2015
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For me, one of the many highlights of SFIFF58 was seeing Vincent, the new French “superhero” film from dir. Thomas Salvador. Having previously made only a handful of short films, Mr. Salvador took the plunge into feature films with this new wonderfully understated audience charmer, which he directed, wrote, and stars in. I sat down with […]

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SFIFF58 Spotlights #6: Eden/Results/Democrats/Far From Men/Hill of Freedom/Goodnight Mother

May 3, 2015

Less than a week left and sadly there are many great titles that have finished screening at SFIFF58. But we here like to keep you in the loop nonetheless, so here’s six more titles to add to your cinema radar (including Democrats, which still has some screenings left!): Eden (France, 2014, 131 min, Marquee Presentations) […]

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Film Review: Avengers Age of Ultron

May 1, 2015
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Not so much a movie as it is an issue of a comic book series drawn by a great artist. You’ve already decided if you’re seeing Avengers Age of Ultron. You are. Of course you are. Everybody who sees movies on a regular basis is seeing this movie, and you’re not making a bad decision. You’ll […]

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SFIFF58 Spotlights #5: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl/Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine/The New Girlfriend/Time Out of Mind

April 30, 2015

We’re midway through the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), and we’ve got more spotlights for you! There’s still a week of films and events left to go, so it’s not too late to get in on the fun; the Festival closes May 7th. Tickets and more information can be found here, and keep […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 4/30/15-5/6/15

April 30, 2015
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Yup. Two Sleater-Kinney shows this week. You’ve waited almost a decade for this. Other stuff is happening, too, but none of that actually matters.

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Film Review: Adult Beginners

April 29, 2015
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No more and no less than a solid middling comedy. In the age of the coming-of-age comedy, nothing is more prevalent than indie music montages and sad sap protagonists with remarkably expensive looking hipster clothing. Thankfully, Adult Beginners really has neither of these characteristics. The characters in Adult Beginners are past the point of coming-of-age, and therein lies […]

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SFIFF58 Spotlights #4: Mr. Holmes/Luna/The Editor/The Taking of Tiger Mountain

April 29, 2015

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival has just about reached the halfway point, and there are still so many films to discuss. Be sure to take a look at the program and ticket info here. Here are a few more titles (some that have unfortunately already had their final festival screening) to put on […]

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SFIFF58 Interview: ‘Aria for a Cow’ writer/director Dan Lund & Crew

April 27, 2015
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The shorts programs at SFIFF58 have been increasing in popularity the last few years, and Shorts 5: Family Films is no exception. One film from the group, the colorful and magnificent musical Aria for a Cow, is appropriately quite the showstopper. I sat down with Disney animator and Aria for a Cow writer/director Dan Lund, art director […]

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