Australia's entry to the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards, The Rocket, didn't win the category. The Laos-set film, which captured accolades all over its home country and nearly swept Tribeca, wasn't even nominated, passed over for six selections all notable for their decidedly "adult" subject material, which is too bad, because it's a damn good film.
Riding high on "House of Cards" intrigue, Netflix has quickly become a prime source for political docs. Recently, its documentary Mitt was praised for its humanizing portrait of the candidate, but before that, Netflix had exclusive lease of HANK: 5 Years from the Brink, an eye-opening doc that makes its way out of the browser and onto Bay Area screens this weekend.
Hidden among February 14th’s ubiquitous chocolates, candy hearts, and hastily signed cards is a specter of true love: what could be more frightening? Veering from last year's twee-tastic slate filled with hot American indie name filmmakers like Joel Swanberg and Amy Seimetz, this year’s SF Indiefest takes on a subtler shade, perhaps unwittingly playing up its Valentine’s Day slot with a series of flicks about how goddamn hard love can be.
Sebastián Lelio’s quotidian masterpiece Gloria could have been written from the liner notes of Laura Branigan’s disco-licious anthem to the fast-moving woman, which plays out in the credits in the perfect mix of the ecstatic and the mundane (more on that later). True joy is often in short supply in cinema, and Gloria is as ebullient and emotional about the everyday as any film in recent memory.
Late January is a notoriously slow period for film releases, but as ever when major studios lag, decent indies crop up to pick up the slack. Check out our rundown of this week's offerings:
In this world of bait and switch, there’s something about getting exactly what you expect that can hit the spot like nothing else can. Nobody knows this better than Eddie Muller, film noir expert, “Czar of Noir,” and the smoking gun behind Noir City, our city’s most perfect genre film festival.
This year the Oscars have claimed an even later opening slot – Sunday, March 2. Inevitably, this means you'll have to cool your jets for almost a month more, waiting to find out who takes home the little golden man.
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