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REPORT FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL! In an era when Jackie Chan, John Woo, and the Shaw Brothers are American cult celebrities, it’s easy for U.S. audiences to overlook many of the greatest modern Asian filmmakers, such as Wong Kar Wai…



Posted on March 19, 2000 by

THE LIGHT IN THE PICTURE: AN INTERVIEW WITH MIKE FIGGIS

Mike Figgis is a soft-spoken, passionate man who looks as if he might be an eccentric professor of dead languages…



Posted on February 21, 2000 by

BRAINWASH FESTIVAL TO SHOW IN SAN FRANCISCO

…”Psycho Legos” does Gus Van Sant’s shot-by-shot recreation of “PSYCHO” one better, by exactly replicating the famous “shower scene” with animated Lego characters…



Posted on February 14, 2000 by

SAN FRANCISCO INDIEFEST

Of all the film festivals held in Northern California, this is the one which I most eagerly anticipate…



Posted on January 16, 2000 by

DILL SCALLION

DILL SCALLION
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

If this film were a little edgier and a little timelier, it could have been the “Spinal Tap” of country music…


Posted on January 10, 2000 by

SF INDIE FEST 2000

This year’s program features a list of far-fetched, far-out, flipped-out, and even fine art offerings…



Posted on January 10, 2000 by

I’M NOT FASCINATING: THE MOVIE

I’M NOT FASCINATING: THE MOVIE
3 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 50 minutes

This fictional story centers around a real-life band, San Francisco’s own Icky Boyfriends. This crap-rock trio might very well be the world’s worst band, except that they elevate awfulness to a new level of artistry…


Posted on October 11, 1999 by

PIPSQUEAK PFOLLIES

PIPSQUEAK PFOLLIES
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1994
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 25 minutes

The original title of the film was “Jr. League Jerkoffs,” which has nothing to do with anything that actually occurs in the film, yet knowing this might somehow give you insight into Plotnik’s brain…


Posted on October 11, 1999 by

THE SONY METREON: SAN FRANCISCO’S FAUSTIAN BARGAIN FOR FUN, FOOD, & FRIVOLITY

THE SONY METREON: SAN FRANCISCO’S FAUSTIAN BARGAIN FOR FUN, FOOD, & FRIVOLITY

In the future, shopping will be indistinguishable from entertainment. This, at least, is what the builders of the new $85 million Sony Metreon facility in San Francisco seem to fervently believe…



Posted on June 28, 1999 by

SHROUDED LIVES AND HABITATS: AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL AND AIDAN QUINN

I met Paul & Aidan Quinn for an interview in their hotel suite. Paul, very casually dressed, sat on a sofa, while Aidan smoked a fat cigar as he reclined in a comfortable chair, the picture of Hollywood fashion. ..



Posted on June 14, 1999 by

THIS IS MY FATHER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 0 minutes

This is a beautifully told tale about a man’s search to learn about the life of the father he never knew…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

GRANDMA AND HER GHOSTS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

This is a colorful, funny, and enchanting film about a young boy named Dou-Dou, and his unusual experiences while a guest of his Grandmother…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

MEGACITIES

4 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

This partially staged documentary is a powerful glimpse into lives of extreme desperation lived on the fringes of four major cities; Bombay, New York, Mexico City, and Moscow…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

ON THE ROPES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

This film tells its story simply and well…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

4 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

Even if this style of music is not normally your taste, the sound and rhythm are undeniably infectious, especially in light of their heartfelt, tightly orchestrated performances…


Posted on May 17, 1999 by

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