#SFFILM: Minding The Gap

There are plenty of amazing skate videos out there, but I’d bet that Minding the Gap is the only one that evolves into a deeply intimate portrait of parental abuse. Skating is known as an emblem of childhood escape, and that’s where the film starts, but by the end of the film you’ll have witnessed a searing, honest case study of childhood trauma.

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Sorry To Bother You Is Absurdist Trillism

When San Francisco is invaded by “park them anywhere” scootie bikes, Silicon Valley technology “geniuses” run companies that literally lie about workplace endangerment, , and black people get shot for being in their own backyards, I’m not sure if Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You is the absurdist version of our reality…or the other way around.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

If anyone took children and their future seriously, it was Mr. Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?— this summer’s ode to the saintly man next door that I caught at SFFILM—proves as much. Sure, the film focuses on his legacy and work in detail. But what makes the film most interesting is that director Morgan Neville takes an acute look at the man himself. In doing so, we get to understand just how deeply Mr. Rogers cared: about children, people, the usage and progression of television, and even his weight.

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Upgrade Wants You To Do Anything But

Blumhouse’s latest nightmare, Upgrade, will make you question how much freedom we actually retain when we invite technological doodads into every facet of our lives

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In They Remain, The Grass Is Not Always Greener

If golden meadows, thick underbrush, and wisps of sun peeking through foliage all make you tremble with fear, you might

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First Reformed: The First Great Climate Change Film?

Not only is the church’s organ malfunctioning just weeks before the 250th anniversary, but Toller’s internal organs are enflamed with cancer. The planet’s organs are no better.

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

If there’s one thing Neil Gaiman knows how to do, it’s tell a weird, human story about weird people with even weirder circumstances. If there’s one thing John Cameron Mitchell knows how to do, it’s create a frenetic musical with punk-y references. Somewhere in between is where you’ll find How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

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The Highs And Lows Of Korean Cop Dramas

As I discovered when I watched two popular Korean cop shows, there’s more to the medium than sexy oppas and kimchi slaps.

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If He Dies, He Dies: Infinity War Ramblings

The MCU has been so optimistic that it’s drawn a lot of criticism from many sides, with the ultimate question being: does anything change in this universe-do cataclysms actually matter, if they end nicely and neatly in candy coated technicolor and a joke? Clearly, DisneyMarvelCorp has been listening. For in Infinity War, that cycle metaphorically and literally ends.

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#SFFILM: Alex Strangelove

Laugh-out-loud hilarious and at times touching, Netflix’s Alex Strangelove stands out among recently trendy gay teen flicks with its unique and savagely honest portrayal of a teen’s confusion in grappling with his identity. Our young protagonist, Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny)–senior class president awaiting acceptance into Columbia where his girlfriend will be attending–is plagued by tormenting doubt and fear, but as with many coming-outs, these agonizing feelings are entwined with the excitement of a first gay love.

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#SFFILM: The Pushouts

High school is a critical time for many young people. It’s even more so for those who are on the fringes, bearing responsibilities most youth shouldn’t have to at such a crucial point in their lives. Despite this, it seems that the American education system has not fully adapted to helping those most in need of help. That’s the entire idea behind The Pushouts.

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#SFFILM: Shirkers

What could have been a centerpiece of New Singaporean cinema became a portrait of a mentally sick man and the devastating toll he took on director Sandi Tan.

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#SFFILM: The Cleaners

Arriving right on time for our collective critique of social media, The Cleaners is a well-crafted documentary about the human censorship system largely based in Manila. Packed in cubicles by the thousands, contracted companies provide troops of content moderators to review reported media for platforms such as Facebook.

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SFFILM 2018: The REELYDOPE Recap

After a whirlwind of logistics, Maia and Dap got to settle in at the Castro theater for the opening of the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival. The oldest film festival in the Americas, SFIFF—or as its rebranded this year as SFFILM—is a treat for any and everyone.

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#SFFILM: San Francisco’s 16mm Luminary Nathaniel Dorsky Receives Persistence Of Vision Award

Recently I’ve had the privilege of experiencing a sophisticated light therapy system called Sensora, which employs 20 LED light sources

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Tony Vidal is Bringing Laughs and Life Lessons in Baja

Tony Vidal is a Bay Area filmmaker and director of the upcoming road comedy, Baja. He’s also a man who has lived a full life–emphasis on full! From working directly in film to managing real estate, he has a wealth of diverse experiences that have informed his work onscreen.

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#SFFILM: Wrestle

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “the real America” and what that looks like. If you listen to

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Sweet Country Indicts The Past and Present

It’s disconcerting—to say the least—that in light of potential “land redistribution” plans in South Africa, one of Australia’s ministers suggested

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Love Beats Rhymes is Poetically Terrible

What happens when you produce a movie with a cat who ends up disowning you to save face with his

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