The Thinking Man's Idiot

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

Feast for the Eyes: ‘The Book of Vision’ – 2021 SFIFF Opening Night Film

The 23rd annual SF Indiefest opens with a quiet fantasy drama about the line between innovation and loss of humanity.

Monday, 8 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Less than Paradise: ‘Bliss’

Mike Cahill’s pretentious “Is this world a simulation?” sci-fi drama wants to be everything, so it becomes nothing.

Thursday, 4 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Still Rockin’ after All these Years: ‘The Story of Lovers Rock’ (2011) at NY ADIFF

Not the Steve McQueen film, but the 2011 documentary that first brought the Black British genre to light.

Tuesday, 2 February, 2021 · Leave a comment

Instant Replay: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Online by the SF Ballet

SF Ballet brings back last year’s winning show for a not-quite-perfect online presentation.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

Too Many Half-Notes: ‘Sylvie’s Love’

Writer-director Eugene Ashe is far too in love with his own style to create any real love between his two leads.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

All that Glitters during the Cold: ‘Utopia’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball and ‘Holiday Sauce… PANDEMIC!’

Before Christmas touches town, I look back on two flamboyant shows by Cutting Ball and Taylor Mac.

Saturday, 19 December, 2020 · Leave a comment

Crappy Quickie COVID Cash-In: ‘Songbird’

Michael Bay produced this idiotic anti-mask turd that has one saving grace: it’s only 80 minutes long.

Thursday, 10 December, 2020 · Leave a comment

And ‘On’ and ‘On’ it Goes: ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol: On Air’ and SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Online’

Not even a global pandemic can stop the ACT and SF Ballet from bringing their annual holiday productions to the world.

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 · 2 Comments

Don’t Steal My Shine: ‘The Light’ online at Shotgun Players

Misogynoir is taken to task in Shotgun’s virtual production of Loy A. Webb’s breezy script.

Monday, 7 December, 2020 · 1 Comment

Bore-antine Streamin’: ‘Radioactive’ / ‘Chemical Hearts’ / ‘Let Him Go’ / ‘Come Away’

Pandemic lockdown has forced first-run films online. Here are four I probably would have skipped anyway.

Saturday, 5 December, 2020 · Leave a comment