With the summer months fast approaching, it's time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and bountiful outdoor spaces the Bay Area offers. From Jack London Square to Union Square, here are some of the best places to catch an al fresco flick this summer.
K.M. Soehnlein, the award-winning author of The World of Normal Boys, sat down with Hollywood mega-producer Brian Grazer to talk about Grazer's new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.
When you were a child, did you wander around the house dressed in pinks or powders blues, pretending to be a Disney Princess? Ever wonder what it would be like to wear those iconic glass slippers? Well, your Disney-loving adult self may be in luck now.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom — director, producer, screenwriter, actress, speaker, mother of three, and wife to Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom — was at 2015 Sundance Film Festival to promote The Mask You Live In, the follow up to Miss Representation. The filmmaker talks to us about her latest documentary, redefining society’s definition of masculinity, and how we as individuals can set in motion a more responsible way to determine a man's "manliness."
Hailed by organizers as a “Best Bet” for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, sci-fi stunner Advantageous may just be the festival’s most uncommon example of art imitating life. Born in Berkeley to Chinese-Malaysian and Vietnamese parents, San Francisco filmmaker Jennifer Phang’s much-anticipated feature explores extreme sacrifices made by parents for their children, albeit set in a haunting dystopia 25 years in the future.
It could be the way the letters of 'SANTA' conveniently rearrange to spell 'SATAN' at the hands of distracted preschoolers, or it could just be the tendency of the stressful season to pressurize folks (until they POP), but there's something uncanny about Christmas that inspires filmmakers to maim and murder en masse on the big screen.
If your idea of fun is sitting in a dark room with the sarcastic robots of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and whose isn't?), we've got the place for you. But the valiant souls with the microphones aren’t machines. Nor are they ornery old men best known for hurling verbal slurs at muppets. No, the voices of Bad Movie Night are alive, ready to heckle, and partially blocking your view of Megan Fox's cleavage.
Mercilessly lambasting recent blockbusters (next up is Eat, Pray, Love), Bad Movie Night is a haven for anyone who can’t keep quiet when filmmakers commit the heinous crime of putting sunglasses on a pig or thinking Megan Fox is a good idea. There’s an art to skewering movies so bad even the actors cringe - and the hosts of Bad Movie Night have been perfecting it for six years.
We're still sad that the Hunky Jesus Contest got rained out on Easter, but there's another Dolores Park tradition returning to make up for it: movie night. Starting tonight at dusk with the iconic '80s flick Back to the Future, join a mob of Mission moviegoers for a series of free screenings every second Thursday of the month through October. Bring a blanket, a friend and a few bucks for popcorn (or a Tamale Lady treat), and revel in the fact that you're not shelling out $10.50 for the newest Jennifer Aniston chick-flick. Extra points for arriving via floating skateboard or DeLorean.
Starting Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Park, doloresparkmovie.org
This Thursday, the 10-day long 13th annual Arab Film Festival will kick off with an opening night reception at the Castro Theatre, first with the Noor Awards at 6pm, followed by a special screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh at 7:30pm.
In the week that follows, films and tributes will take place in San Francisco (Oct. 15-18), San Jose (Oct. 17-18), Berkeley (Oct. 23-25) and Los Angeles (Oct. 23-25).