Max Goldberg

Fully loaded

Crossroads packs a season's worth of avant-garde cinema into a single weekend

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There is such a thing as festival fatigue, but you'd do well to forget it with the ambitious programs ruling the 16th Street corridor this weekend. The Roxie launches Elliot Lavine's latest dive into film noir's deep end, while down at the Victoria San Francisco Cinematheque caps its spring season with the second annual Crossroads festival, a veritable bonanza of experimental cinema. I haven't seen many of the 50-odd works being shown, but the quality of the ones I have makes me think that I wouldn't trade Crossroads for Cannes.Read more »

Nothing was delivered

Meek's Cutoff travels the unkind road of Manifest Destiny

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Occupational hazards

Punching in with a few SFIFF films set in the workplace

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The world Maclaine made

SF Cinematheque pays tribute to a Beat legend

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Fruits of labor

Behold, a new imperfect cinema

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Looking glass love

Abbas Kiarostami returns with a surreal take on Tuscan romance

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FILM Abbas Kiarostami's beguiling new feature signals "relationship movie" with every cobblestone step, but it's manifestly a film of ideas — one in which disillusionment is as much a formal concern as a dramatic one. Typical of Kiarostami's dialogic narratives, Certified Copy is both the name of the film and an entity within the film: a book written against the ideal of originality in art by James Miller (William Shimell), an English pedant fond of dissembling. After a lecture in Tuscany, he meets an apparent admirer (Juliette Binoche) in her antique shop. Read more »

Something wild

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's shape-shifting Palme d'Or winner, arrives

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Love comes in spurts

Talking with Gregg Araki about his eye-popping new film Kaboom

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Bye bye blackbird

Pedro Costa examines the inner workings of French singer Jeanne Balibar

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FILM During the course of writing this review, I will at some point be ensnared by a sentence, reworking its syntax and flow across many notebook pages. For some of us, this is what writing is. When we praise commanding literary performances as great writing, we're actually talking about reading. It's not surprising that film portraits of artists usually only give us a mime of their craft; biography and circumscribed performance are shields from the crooked time of the creative process.Read more »

Past imperfect

YEAR IN FILM: Digging through the year in archival footage

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YEAR IN FILM We're all media scavengers now, but archival sounds and images remain a tantalizing lure for both the documentary profile and its surrealistic double, the found footage film. The first repackages capsules of the past while the second hijacks them — different economies of exchange, to be sure, though perhaps less starkly contrasted to those accustomed to hyperlinking their way through the dustbin.Read more »