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Palo Alto (The Achey Ballad of Celebrity Children)

10:56 AM 5/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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When Sofia Coppola transposed the drowsy universe of upscale teenhood onto Marie Antoinette something happened—not to the world, mind you, just to female filmmakers who saw that pink gilded torch and ran with it. This luxuriating is the mood of celebrity as well as their draw, and it’s just what teens do because they don’t have anything else...except maybe homework.

Review: NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (NOT Actually About House of Cards)

11:24 AM 4/28/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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A swiftly moving travelogue about a marvelous theatrical event, Now: In the Wings on a World Stage follows Kevin Spacey’s traveling production of Richard III as it visits the world’s great, historic theaters. Beginning at London’s Old Vic Theater, director Jeremy Whelehan introduces the cast members in waves, from the veteran leads (Gemma Jones, Maureen Anderman) to the younger actors (Isaiah Johnson, Annabelle Scholey) dazzling at their high pedigree costars.

On The Socio-Media-Path: Writer/Director Sarah Smick on Friended to Death

11:48 AM 4/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Somewhere in collegiate America, students are researching Facebook’s effects on our concept of friendship “IRL”. The fact we have an acronym to distinguish experiences that occur “in real life” is a reminder the virtual realm is a separate playing field—and it also suggests the realms are easy to confuse.

Managing The Desire To Help: Moral Conscience in Jesse Moss’ THE OVERNIGHTERS

1:55 PM 4/22/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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In anticipation of the San Francisco International Film Fest screening of The Overnighters (April 28) I spoke with director Jesse Moss about his film's fallible Pastor, the men who divided a town and how this messianic tale became Greek Tragedy. The Overnighters will reach theaters in fall via Drafthouse Films.

Review: Fading Gigolo (Wilting Flower Salesman)

12:29 PM 4/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Manhattan’s economy is forcing one florist’s head down—and Woody Allen figures that head might as well land in a soft place.

Review: Only Lovers Left Alive (Or Undead, Whichever)

8:19 AM 4/9/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Don’t trust the title. Jim Jarmusch’s newest flight into the fantasies of a teen angst and anima follows the eternal love of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton, who else?). Comfortable in Tangier when she hears her lover is in the dumps, Eve heroically runs to her man in Ghosttown, Detroit, where he’s carved a fascinating hermit-cum-rock-star life for himself.

San Francisco Film Festival and the Canadian Who's Come to Claim It

9:13 PM 4/4/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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It wasn’t a joke when the press asked the San Francisco Film Society’s new Executive Director how long he plans to stay with us. Warmly, Noah Cowan, responded, “I look forward to many, many, years here.” Cowan comes to us after our last Executive Director, Indie Film mogul Ted Hope, left the Film Society after hardly a year on the job.

Jonathan Glazer [Loosely] Explains Under the Skin

3:39 PM 4/4/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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People will ask: “Where did Jonathan Glazer come from?” Not because he’s new, but because Under the Skin, his new sort-of sci-fi film starring Scarlett Johansson, is the most terrestrial story about extraterrestrials you’ll find this side of the milky way.

Heaven Ends With A Whodunnit: Docmakers Geller/Goldfine on Their Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

7:08 PM 3/28/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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“Why did everybody who intended to leave society take typewriters?” Daniel Geller asks. He and Dayna Goldfine stumbled on this question while they were reconstructing the story of the 1930’s Galapagos settlers for their documentary The Galapagos Affair . Couples and families fled their lives in the civilized world to live in paradise, but their story ends with the unsolved murder of a potentially fraudulent Baroness.

Nymphomaniac: Vol I (All About Eve)

12:05 PM 3/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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When Stellan Skarsgård finds Charlotte Gainsbourg unconscious in an alley, you believe he could carry the bleeding woman to authorities, take her in after she refuses care, you believe he’d serve her tea. Yet, Skarsgård is a familiar to filmmaker/provocateur Lars von Trier, and most memorably played a bedridden husband encouraging his puritanical bride (Emily Watson) to seek pleasure in the world of men (1996’s Breaking the Waves).

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