The Thinking Man's Idiot

The unruly brain and bad habits of a writer, artist, and grilled cheese sandwich-enthusiast.

Will these days Never End?: ‘Summertime’ – 2021 SFIFF Centerpiece Film

(Belated by embargo) The centerpiece film of SF Indiefest 2021 is a vibrant poetic love letter to the City of Angels.

Monday, 12 July, 2021 · Leave a comment

‘Profile’ in Stupidity

This true story of journalistic bravery becomes a B-movie exercise in pure incompetence.

Sunday, 23 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Funny Fear of Loneliness: ‘Phantasmagoria’ world premiere by Cutting Ball / Mugwumpin / Bay Area Theatre Cypher

Cutting Ball’s quarantine commentary (with Mugwumpin & Bay Area Theatre Cypher) is three good pieces that don’t quite mesh.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

No Soul, No Glo: ‘Coming 2 America’

Everyone involved in this should be ashamed. EVERYONE.

Friday, 5 March, 2021 · Leave a comment

Curious Breed: ‘Puppy Love’ – 2021 SFIFF Closing Night Film

The now-virtual festival closes on a down note with a “rednexsploitation” tale starring Sean Penn’s son.

Sunday, 21 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Image Lasts: ‘Woman of the Photographs’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Quiet character work and stunning cinematography make a fine, small drama from Japan.

Sunday, 21 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pick up the Pieces: ‘Spare Parts’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Grindhouse flick with four chicks whose arms are chopped off for gladiatorial weapons. What else is there to say?

Sunday, 21 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

Twenty-four Carat Cinema: ‘Girl in Golden Gate Park’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

An intimate story about a changing San Francisco makes for one of the best films of the still-young year of 2021.

Saturday, 20 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

Okay, at best: ‘Una Great Movie’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Jennifer Sharp’s Hollywood satire is two interesting films that make up a single uneven film.

Friday, 19 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Cinema Dentata: ‘I Blame Society’ – 2021 SF Indiefest

Grace Horvat’s ultra-violent feminist-revenge satire of Hollywood deserves all the buzz it’s generating.

Friday, 19 February, 2021 · 1 Comment