by Richard von Busack

Superfarmer is back! Joel Salatin, the engaging Virginia agriculturalist seen in Food, Inc and interviewed in Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, returns in Ana Sofia Joanes’s documentary Fresh. (It opens Oct 1 at the Oaks in Berkeley, the Smith Rafael in San Rafael, and the Red Vic and the Opera Plaza [...]

Nicolas Cage's Night of the Iguana

Separated at birth? (Hans Hilewaert, Creative Commons)

Many and deep are the risible absurdities running like a silty delta through Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Take for instance Val Kilmer’s character, who appears at the beginning, disappears for an hour and then reappears at the end suddenly acting like an even bigger wacko [...]

Playland Documentary

Remembering Playland at the Beach

(Unrated) Laffing Sal’s place in local pop-culture history is assured, even if the mechanical harridan did traumatize at least some of the young visitors to San Francisco’s long-gone and much-missed amusement park Playland at the Beach. Several of the subjects interviewed in Tom Wyrsch’s wonderful documentary recall how terrifying her banshee [...]

Kathryn Bigelow's Big Adventure

Look at it! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, man! Let me go out there and let me get one wave, just one wave before you take me in. I mean, come on man, where I am I gonna go? Cliffs on both sides! I'm not gonna paddle my way to New Zealand! [...]

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority

Beware: The new documentary “Patsy Pink: Ahead of the Majority” will make you fall in love with a dead congressperson. It’s Kimberlee Bassford’s profile of Maui’s Patsy Takemoto Mink—multi-time Hawaiian representative and first woman of color to be elected to the House. Mink was an ardent progressive who was responsible for Title IX—the law that [...]

Year One Review

Citizen Cain
‘Year One’ is better than ‘Wholly Moses’ anyway.

THOUGH IT’S too small for a big screen, Year One’s rigorous close-ups on Jack Black’s face will make this movie play better on TV. The hapless hunter-gatherer named Oh (Michael Cera, the film’s reliable standout), and the second-lowest man in the clan, Zed (Black), are pressured out [...]

Stooges PS:

No, wait, the line up is apparently Penn as Larry and Del Toro as Moe. What the hell is up with that? You’re telling me Sean Penn isn’t angrier than Del Toro?

Sean Penn IS Moe. Jim Carrey IS Curley…

And Bencio Del Toro is either Shemp or Larry, I can’t tell which. But it’s apparently not bullshit, despite how it sounds. And now, 44 years after Godard predicted it during the end titles of Weekend, this IS the end of cinema:

Casting Announcement

The Hangover.

A well-built, good-looking and satisfyingly low comedy with a sturdy silent movie two-reeler plot and the wit to realize that the Three Stooges format is solid gold. A quartet of Southern California types heads to Vegas for a bachelor party. They’re given a backhanded approval from the father of the [...]

Mathew Szymanowski’s History of Solitude aka Historia Samotnosci

May 3 at 9pm: at SFIFF at the Kabuki, part of the Foreign Territories short series: Mathew Szymanowski’s History of Solitude, a.k.a. Historia Samotnosci. You wouldn’t go to Poland expecting it to look almost exactly like the United States, but that’s the trick this talented Santa Clara-raised expatriate filmmaker plays in this 32-minute short. Essentially, [...]