Continuing on with the list of Mick LaSalle’s 10 masterpieces, (see last month’s column), I tried in vain to find “After Midnight” on Roku. I searched on Norma Shearer and they had a dozen of her films available but “After Midnight” was not one of them. It will remain an unknown silent masterpiece, at least to me.
Movie Review: SF Chron’s Mick LaSalle’s ‘Masterpieces Film Festival’
A reader asked San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle, “If you hosted ‘Mick’s Masterpieces Film Festival,’ what films would you include in your program?” Here are his suggestions.
Movie Review: “Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles”
“Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles,” made in 1975 and written and directed by Chantel Ackerman “has become required viewing for informed cineastes, after topping the most recent Sight and Sound poll of the greatest movies of all time,” according to Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle’s (Sunday Datebook, Jan. 8, 2023).
Washington High School Murals the Subject of ‘Town Destroyer’ Film
By Noma Faingold Longtime partners in life and in documentary filmmaking, Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow sat cozily close together, sipping frothy coffee drinks and sharing a pastry in a covered café […]
A Life at the Movies
The (videotape) box you carried home had a paragraph or two explaining the plot of the movie. San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District is home to Cary Pepper, the person who made a living writing many of those descriptions
Richmond’s Richard Wong Directs Hulu Comedy ‘The Valet’
Wong, 45, who last directed the 2019 indie comedy “Come as You Are,” was approached by producer Ben Odell to be the cinematographer on “The Valet,” a remake of a 2006 French film that had been in development for at least eight years with star and co-producer Eugenio Derbez attached.
‘The Creative High’ Portrays Reality of Artists’ Addiction and Recovery
“The Creative High,” directed by Adriana Marchione of Noe Valley and produced by Dianne Griffin, a longtime resident of the Outer Richmond, follows nine artists with widely varying styles in their individual paths of recovery.
‘Shang-Chi’ Film an Inspiration to Asian Community
‘I feel represented’: What San Francisco-based “Shang-Chi” means for Asian Americans of the City
Sunset Resident Edits Film Documenting Countercultural Comics Artist
Inner Sunset resident Victoria B. Fender is one of the editors of “Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez,” one of the films to be featured at in the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Letter to the Editor: Documentary on Stephanie at Gus’
Our short doc profiles Stephanie, the owner of San Francisco’s oldest independent bait and tackle shop. Stephanie is full of jokes and charisma. She embodies what it means to be a San Franciscan.
A Life at the Movies
Sunset resident celebrates women’s growing prominence in film.
Inner Richmond Couple’s Film ‘Los Hermanos/The Brothers’ on PBS Oct. 1, 2021
On Oct. 1, PBS will air the film about two Cuban musician brothers, separated by a restrictive political climate for years and touchingly (though temporarily) reunited to create, collaborate and simply be a family.
Sunset Filmmaker Debuts Documentary Inspired by Photos of Jazz Greats
Matt E. Novak accidentally came upon iconic photographs of jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and others by William P. Gottlieb (1917-2006) when he was doing research on the Library of Congress website.
‘Try Harder!’ Portrays Academic ‘Pressure Cooker’ at Lowell High School
San Francisco filmmaker Debbie Lum spent more than four years working on the documentary, “Try Harder!” capturing what she calls the academic “pressure cooker” that the students at Lowell High School experience.
New Video by Joey Yee Features the Sunset District
Filmmaker Joey Yee explores the Sunset District in his latest YouTube video.