Very Secret Movie club ratings
|The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie||4/5|
|The Son's Room||3.5/5|
|Stranger Than Paradise||3/5|
|Dancer in the Dark||4/5|
|My Blueberry Nights||3/5|
|Wild at Heart||4/5|
Monday, August 17, 2009
When : Aug 23 at 4
Movie Details: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114787/
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Cost: $5 ($5-$20 Sliding scale donation at the door)
Venue: Root Division
Address: 3175 17th Street (South Van Ness @ Shotwell), San Francisco, CA
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Here is an interesting interview with the leader of that movement on Bill Moyers program:
Women Fight for Peace:
Monday, June 1, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Love talking about film?The Auteurs is a social network bringing together cinephiles around the world. Find those who share your ideas and debate those who don’t.
Four things that were on our minds when we first dreamt the Auteurs: Number one: why can’t you just watch In the Mood for Love in an airport lounge? Number two: why is it so hard to get hold of Antonioni’s complete filmography? Number three: Wouldn’t it be great to instantly send Tati’s Playtime to a friend if you think they need it (there’s nothing like film therapy)? Number Four: why do films on the Internet look just awful? And that was that. We simply couldn't resist the idea of everyone having their own online film library… your little cinema, anytime, anywhere… after all not everyone can make it to the Cannes Film festival… less if you are a school teacher or you live in Winnipeg (or both)… but that doesn't mean you can’t recite all of Kubrick’s films in reverse chronological order or that you are not desperate to watch the latest Kitano film that is definitely not going to be released in your local multiplex.
And that’s our point; popular doesn’t always mean good.
Our film library is brimming with visionary films that wouldn’t fill a single cinema in Australia for a week – not even a day… but say you searched the world (all of it), you might just find an audience of a thousand for this rare cinematic treat. And we don’t think a thousand people should be ignored just because they happen to live in different time zones or far away from Australia cinemas… if someone needed to make such a precise film, it means that, someone, somewhere needs to watch it. More importantly… that someone might be you. Or Scorsese (he happens to be a member too…)
The Auteurs is not just about discovering wonderful new cinema or classic masterpieces. It’s also about discussing and sharing wonderful films… which makes us like a small coffee shop… a place where you can gather and talk about alternative endings, directors cuts or whatever those frogs in Magnolia meant… heated debates and passionate arguments are welcome… Hollywood films such as say Annie Hall or Royal Tenenbaums too… at the end of the day it doesn't matter where films come from, as long as they come from someone’s mind…
Are you in the mood for cinema? Welcome to The Auteurs…
ps: by the way, we spent a lot of energy on the quality of the streaming and we are very proud of it… just wanted to let you know…
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Director Massoud Bakhshi and crew are on a mission to make a film about their hometown, Tehran, but have hit a wall and must explain to their overseers at the Documentary Film Center why their project cannot be completed. They decide to investigate the city’s past in order to better understand the present. What follows is a sarcastic and comic narrative about
Showtime: march 4 and 5, 2009, 6:15pm, 8:00pm, & 9:35 pm
Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Monday, March 2, 2009
(SFIAAFF), which showcases the best Asian and Asian American films from around the globe takes place March 12-22, 2009 in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose.
Film screenings, filmmaker tributes, and panel discussions take place at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street in San Francisco; Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street in San Francisco; Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way in Berkeley, and the Camera 12 Cinemas, 201 South Second Street in San Jose.
For more information visit
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran
Director and actress Niki Karimi joins us on March 1 to present her films One Night and A Few Days Later . . . . Well known for her portrayals of forceful, independent women in such films as Sara (1993), Two Women (1999), and The Hidden Half (2001), she also assisted Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami on The Wind Will Carry Us and ABC Africa before going on to direct her own films. In advocating for what she calls “the kind of cinema which describes reality and which gets close to people’s daily lives without making compromises,” she speaks for many of the courageous women whose works are presented here.
A celebration of women filmmakers from North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the diaspora in Europe, this series represents a remarkable geographic, cultural, and stylistic range. In documentaries, features, and experimental works, the directors depict urban attitudes and rural traditions, the dream of escape and the isolation of exile, and the comforts and entrapments of family. But as James Neil, co-curator of the British series that inspired this one, has said, a common theme runs through the films: “They are about women who struggle and strive against their surroundings, and they’re directed by women who have had those experiences themselves.”
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby ii ii iii
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh
did you guys see the rainbows today?
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We have seen Wong movies for last few months and we know him as high energy visual style director who use jump cut, wide angle lenses, stutter frame editing...
but there are some interesting points he said about his movies:
About his chance to make a film:
"It happened suddenly, when a producer asked me if I wanted to make a film and I said ,"why not?" that started my career as a director."
"I was born and raised in cities, and I think I am more interested in making films about cities in general, whereas most Chinese fils are about the countryside."
"I've always thought in terms of images, so as these images occur to me, I have to continue to revise the plan in order to accommodate them."
"Basically, I like fruits but I hate pineapple, so I think one of the best tortures for a character in my films is for him to be eating a lot of pineapple."
"In Chungking Express, people are far away from camera but seem so close (It became a contrast). We worked with very limited budget we don't have permits, so we have to work like CNN, you know just breaking into some place and taking some shots. We often don't have time to set up..."
"Non of my films are autobiographical. My life is too boring. I don't think it would be interesting film."
"I'm not satisfied with most of the Hong Kong films about this topic(gay) because they treat it specially; there always must be something different. And to me I'm happy with Happy Together because there is nothing different. It is story about two persons, they are both man. The story can apply to a man and woman, or two women, even a man and a tree."
"To me relationship seems like a plane and a airport. But sometimes, when this airport refuses to be an airport anymore and the plane has no place to land, this is the end of the relationship."