That's right, there's no colon ( ":") in the title. Kinda weird, but there it is. Essentially a sorta-kinda remake of 1982's "The Wrath of Khan", writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof have whipped up a melange of a fast-paced action yarn mixed with a great backstory culled from both the 1967 TV Trek episode & 1982 follow-up feature film.
Here's a rundown off all the narrative films I was able to screen at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival (in order of viewing,) a trailer if available, and accompanied by a one sentence review -
"Pearblossom Hwy" (USA)
A disappointing sort-of-sequel to a film I really liked - 2010's "Littlerock" - whose characters seem to be lacking character this time around.
Here's a rundown off all the documentaries I was able to screen at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival (in order of viewing,) a trailer if available, and accompanied by a one sentence review -
"Rent-a-Family, Inc." (Japan)
Very interesting doc about a Japanese entrepreneur who rents out "family members" to others who wish to "save face" at family and corporate events while having his own family issues.
The 56th San Francisco International came to a close at the magnificent Castro Theatre with a showing of Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight”, the third in Linklater’s series of “Before…” films. Preceded by “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”, the film continues the story of Jesse and Celine, now a middle-aged, two child couple on vacation in Greece. Things are not quite right between the two, and there is much to be said between them. So they talk. For two hours. And it is absolutely enthralling.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and director Baz Lurmann would have been great pals. Both share a passion for love tragedies and a damn good party! I wonder if F. Scott knew Charles Foster Kane? But, more on that later...
Our coverage of the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival concludes with our traditional 'roundtable' discussion of Festival-screened films and other goings on. Joining us will be a couple of old friends of the show - Lincoln Spector, webmaster of bayflicks.net, a great site to seek out for everything cinema in the San Francisco Bay Area, and John "A Pass" Angelico, who blogs on the San Francisco Chronicle's sfgate.com site under the heading "Culture Blog." Join us as we discuss what we loved, what we liked, and what we hated at this year's Festival.
Your work in film is one of the reason I fell in love with the movies...
Made a rare weekday excursion into the city to catch the new documentary “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay”. Jay is one of the more interesting hybrid entertainers (magician/actor/author) of the last few decades so I welcomed the opportunity to get a peek “inside the box”.
Saturday found me back at the Festival with the hopes of catching a film or two before hopefully getting access to the Festival’s Centerpiece event.
It's gotta be a little weird to direct "Iron Man 3" and have Jon Favreau (the director of the first two "Iron Man" films) as one of your actors, but Shane Black, who had only directed a couple other obscure films, took over the reins as co-writer & director for the mega-blockbuster franchise after Favreau stepped down as lead director... but he stayed on as executive producer. And, I'm happy to say, it all worked out well!