Beautifully shot in black and white – a rarity these days – Ciro Guerro’s Embrace of the Serpent is Columbia’s nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, and deservedly so. An “elegy for lost cultures and an indictment of exploitation,” this saga of human endurance in the wilderness – also the theme of fellow Oscar nominee […]
Rams garnered a host of awards as it traveled the international film festival circuit in 2015. The bleat goes on as the Icelandic feature about feuding sibling shepherds opens around the country (in San Francisco, Friday, Feb 12 at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema) and critics Michael Fox and Dennis Harvey decide whether it merits the […]
by Dennis Harvey Last year the Roxie scored a big hit with “The French Had a Name For It,” a first-ever all-French spinoff of longtime programmer Elliot Lavine’s popular U.S. noir retrospectives. Now Lavine and former editor of Noir City Magazine Don Malcolm are back with a second edition that is primarily the brainchild of […]
Read two critical perspectives on Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, by Dennis Harvey and Jeffrey M. Anderson.
by Dennis Harvey San Francisco has a long history of attracting and incubating outsider artists — people whose art doesn’t conform to the commercial or aesthetic trends of the mainstream, and which is often all the better for that, even if they may suffer in terms of conventional (or timely) recognition.
Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish is a highly entertaining portrait of Jerry Ross Barrish—bail bondsman, political activist, mentor, sculptor, and filmmaker.