Thursday, March 4, 2021

Tag: Opera

Screen Grabs: Monsters (and wonders) of history awaken

The holiday season tends to induce nostalgia, and while Hollywood is always very interested in directing your leisure dollars towards big new commercial movies, sometimes you feel like watching...

Screen Grabs: Now that’s Italian!

Most weeks of the year in the Bay Area there’s some film festival or other—sometimes several at once. Amidst such plenty, it’s easy to forget that some local festivals...

Screen Grabs: Two major docs on devastating scandals

Equal parts entertaining and discomfiting, the two major documentaries opening at local theaters this week are both likely to make you mad. Not at their craftsmanship or viewpoint, but...

Screen Grabs: South Asian cinema, transgender visions, amateur porn…

Woe betide the Bay Area movie lover equally enthused about South Asian cinema, transgender screen expressions, and amateur porn—because this week the signature local festivals for all those categories...

Screen Grabs: A feast of docs and dancing

It’s a big week for non-fiction cinema, the main event being SFFilm’s fifth annual Doc Stories, which brings together several of the year’s most acclaimed documentary features and shorts....

Screen Grabs: A 14-hour movie with a 40-minute ‘middle finger’

If you’re looking for some suitable Halloween screen entertainment, you’re in the right place—well, almost. Our separate guide to this season’s scary movies, including the Roxie’s Gialloween retrospective, exploitation...

Screen Grabs: A bounty of international film fests

Mill Valley may be over, but the fall cavalcade of local film festivals continues. This week alone brings at least four (that we know of). The 16th SF Greek...

Screen Grabs: News of the world at the Arab Film Fest

Who knows if we’ll ever see the day when the Arab Film Film Festival does not seem of urgent political relevance. But this year’s event opens amidst pure insanity...

Review: Crimes of a cheatin’ heart in ‘This Side of Crazy’

Del Shores might not have cribbed the idea for This Side of Crazy (at New Conservatory Theater through October 20) from Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart (1981) but he...

Screen Grabs: From ‘The Joker’ to Japan…

It’s no joke that the film crowding out all others this week is Todd Phillips’ Joker, with Joaquin Phoenix drawing bets as a likely Oscar winner for his reportedly...