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10:25 AM 5/23/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Todd Phillips and the Wolfpack (Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis) are officially done getting hung over. Since they began, their exploits have gone from dangerous to defeated and at this point they’re ready to be done.
1:08 PM 5/17/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
I may spoil by suggestion, inference, allusion and omission. That still spoiling? Like Harve Bennett before him, J.J. Abrams rebooted Star Trek for Paramount. Both took a loved but semi-popular franchise and had to reimagine it to serve the fair-weather fan and the audience who treated the mythology like a religion.
11:23 AM 5/17/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Nothing I write could dampen the pleasures of Francis Ha. It’s charming and revelatory, energetic and wry, exuberant and endearing, but it’s also self-loving and bothersome. It gives you two choices: find it delightful or don’t: there is no unique, self-guided option. As frustrating as that conundrum may be, it’s still hard not to take option one.
9:30 AM 5/10/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Baz Lurmann’s Great Gatsby is garish and bright, chocked with the bling you hoped he’d throw around like it’s cheap—and it is. His high-budget/low-brow spectacles are perfect for reproducing the moral vacuum of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, and for all its anachronisms, Lurmann’s reproduction couldn’t be more loyal to the text:
6:14 PM 5/7/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
If you liked the cycle of attraction, repulsion and desperate rekindling that Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan began with 1995’s Before Sunrise, you’ll likely appreciate Before Midnight, the third film in the series written and produced by Linklater and starring cowriters Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. It’s painful and beautiful and true, and like many relationships, you’ll ask yourself:
1:26 PM 5/2/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
In introduction to the State of the Cinema Address at San Francisco International Film Festival, Film Society Executive Director Ted Hope told an old story. While producing his first project, a one man show about an actor with AIDS, Hope asked a friend for Soderbergh’s number and the result of a cold call (an industry no-no) was not just Steven Soderbergh’s allegiance, but a dedication to “make this (one man show) happen.”
1:13 PM 4/26/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
At Any Price is the newest and biggest film by the man who made Goodbye, Solo and the still championed Chop Shop. Sadly, the heft of the film's cast and the social issues it raises drown the drama out of what’s otherwise an old fashioned family potboiler.
1:45 PM 4/21/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
May 3rd the director who “decoded” gaslight melodrama and Shakespeare with uber-modern over-the-top-ness, will perplex and delight with his revisionist play on Fitzgerald. I can’t wait. Ironically, it’s not a subject I love. I don’t have special affections for the book or for director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet), it’s just a perfect storm of form and function, old and new, and every body likes a perfect storm.
11:01 AM 4/12/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Disconnect is the newest topical drama about the ever growing gap between humans and our humanity. The primary culprit is handheld, but as the phrase (sort of) goes: cell phones don't kill people; people kill people. And those who endanger themselves by "kindling" the flame (get it?) aren't promised redemption when they see the world beyond their handy.
9:36 PM 4/11/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Shane Carruth’s first film, Primer was a low budget, high concept time travel drama that sidestepped science fiction to look at how we subjectively experience time. His sophomore effort, Upstream Color, also investigates the conflict between subjective and projected realities, but this time through the POV of a girl who’s infected with a parasite and manipulated into undoing the life she's built.