Film Features

Phantom menaces

Another Hole in the Head unleashes multiple malevolent ghosts. Plus: our guide to the film fest's horror highlights

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FILM Does anyone actually believe Ghost Adventures is real? Including its hosts? For the uninitiated, this is the Travel Channel show that locks a trio of doucheba — er, paranormal investigators inside an allegedly haunted location overnight, leaving them with an arsenal of high-tech gadgets to record any paranormal happenings.Read more »

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 »

The darkness underneath

Jodie Foster discusses her return to directing with The Beaver

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FILM It's been more than 15 years since Jodie Foster sat in the director's chair, but for a project like The Beaver, she was up to the challenge. As with her past directorial projects, Little Man Tate (1991) and Home for the Holidays (1994), Foster felt a connection to the material that inspired her to take on a larger role.Read more »

What to watch, part two

Short takes on week two of SF Internation Film Festival

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We who are not as others

Sibling revelry, the Zellner Bros. way

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A bang and a whimper

A weird future awaits in End of Animal and other Kafka-inspired films

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Science fiction's open secret is that it has never really been about the future. As William Gibson explained to an interviewer in 2007, echoing earlier genre criticism by writers such as Samuel R. Delany and Joanna Russ, science fiction is, at its heart, "speculative fiction, but you don't really have the future to work with, so you are always working with history and with the present."Read more »

House haunters

The Selling takes a high-spirited look at real estate

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Remember that episode of The Brady Bunch where Carol and Mike decide to sell the house and the kids fake-haunt it to scare off potential buyers? It's the pop culture moment I always think of when I hear about an apartment with suspiciously cheap rent. First reaction: "Wow! Is it haunted?"Read more »

Being Leonard Cohen

New Skin for the Old Ceremony is reimagined with short films

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL "Is this what you wanted/ To live in a house that is haunted/ By the ghost of you and me?"

Likewise, try as its makers might, the specter of Leonard Cohen looms over the short films by Alex Da Corte, Christian Holstad, and the other artists who try their hand at making 11 new pieces inspired by the 11 tracks comprising New Skin for the Old Ceremony, the 1974 long-player that some consider the songwriter's most sublime.Read more »

What to watch

The Guardian staff's short takes on the San Francisco International Film Fest's must-sees

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Occupational hazards

Punching in with a few SFIFF films set in the workplace

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