Tag Archive: OFCS

Review: The Iron Ministry (Sniadecki, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I’m no film theorist, historian, or even knowledgeable aficionado, but it seems as though a new type of storytelling is gaining ground in documentary film. Using the camera as roving eye, the filmmaker,… Continue reading

Review: Vincent (Salvador, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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It seems to me that superhero movies have been on an ascendant trajectory for the past decade and a half or so. Every summer blockbuster season brings at least one highly-anticipated flick, if… Continue reading

Comparative Review: Sand Dollars (Cárdenas & Guzmán, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I mentioned in my review of Murder in Pacot that I would soon be comparing it to another film from this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival: Sand Dollars. Set in neighboring Dominican… Continue reading

Review: Murder in Pacot (Peck, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Seasoned director and Port-au-Prince native Raoul Peck‘s Murder in Pacot takes place immediately following Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. An affluent couple (played by Alex Descas and Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin), finding their spacious house… Continue reading

Review: Sworn Virgin (Bispuri, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Sworn Virgin, which won the Golden Gate New Directors Prize at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, is now my second Albanian film of the festival (and also of my life). This… Continue reading

Review: Hill of Freedom (Hong, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I was seduced by the description of this film on the SFIFF website as well as by the idea of seeing work by a new-to-me South Korean director. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned… Continue reading

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Gomez-Rejon, 2015)

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Having missed the only showing of this film at the San Francisco International Film Festival recently, I jumped at the chance to attend an advanced screening on Monday. Me and Earl and the… Continue reading

Review: Tough Love (Wang-Breal, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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Stephanie Wang-Breal‘s second feature-length documentary Tough Love screened at CAAMFest last month. Wang-Breal follows two stories of parents separated by Child Protective Services from their children and their long and frustrating quests to regain… Continue reading

Comparative Review: My Voice, My Life (Yang, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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My Voice, My Life is experienced documentarian Ruby Yang‘s ninth feature-length film and one of eight CAAMFest documentaries I watched this year. Yang is best known for her Oscar-winning short The Blood of Yingzhou District.… Continue reading

Review: My Fair Wedding (Jang, 2015) – CAAMFest 2015

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I had hoped that My Fair Wedding was going to be an exploration of the ways in which mainstream South Korean society views the issue of gay marriage. Instead, this film is a much… Continue reading