REELYDOPE Recap: San Francisco International Film Festival 2017

Greetings y’all. This year was my first foray into the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM), the longest-running film festival

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The Promise

It seems like everything is about immigrants and the question of endangered populations these days, from La Naranja Maldita clearly having a grudge against anyone he doesn’t consider “American” to the current (and ongoing) refugee crisis in the Eurozone. It’s apt then that now would be the time when a film like The Promise is set to drop. Directed by Terry George and starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Angela Sarafyan and more, the film covers an oft-still-overshadowed human tragedy – The Armenian Genocide.

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South Korean Movies Are The Last Thing You Should Be Sleeping On

Flicks from outta town are great. Okay, maybe they’re not always great. But more often than not, they’re great. Usually

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The Women’s History Month Flixtape

If you haven’t heard, it’s National Women’s History Month! Established in 1987 in the US, the month got its start

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Before I Fall

Bias warning: I truly believe that kids, and many teenagers, are unintentional sociopaths. Maybe it’s just the lack of a

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Fist Fight

Coming out the gate, Fist Fight is a joint that leans as heavily into comedic timing as it can because the premise itself is ridiculous. Again, speaking of the trailers: Fist Fight’s initial theatrical trailers are cut in a way that lead us to assume that the entire film hinges on a brawl between Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) and Andy Campbell (Charlie Day). On the surface this can seem off putting, as it’s absolutely paper thin. Despite this, Fist Fight writes multiple comedic checks in order to front the bill of your attention span. And thank the lord they are.

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The Black History Month Flixtape

Black History Month is currently at the half-way mark and I apologize this took so damn long to push out. So much has happened since the last time “our month” rolled around that it was hard trying to cobble together some films that would work as a cohesive unit. Despite this, I think I done good. I’ll leave it up to you to be the judge though.

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Tickled

I was supposed to write this (and publish it) months ago, like pre-election, months ago. Pero, things happened, a ton

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Speaking with The Dead in I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro is a powerful sojourn through experiences past and present with your ancestors; a racial vision quest by any other name. Laced with historical and contemporary imagery and footage, it’s is narrated by Baldwin’s own words, brought to life by Samuel L. Jackson’s readings of Baldwin’s letters, notes to his editor, and the unfinished manuscript of his last work, Remember This House. It’s an ethereal experience for a variety of reasons.

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The Magicians S1

Somewhere in upstate New York, a group of grad students spend their days learning arcane secrets and their nights enjoying

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20th Century Women

I didn’t go into 20th Century Women expecting much. The trailer makes it look like the quirky indie comedies that

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The MLK Day Flixtape

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 is here and, well, it’s a strange time to be celebrating it. Earlier this weekend,

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