Tag: french cinema

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Staying Vertical”

Staying Vertical (2017; Dir.: Alain Guiraudie) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, March 3, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Alain Guiraudie’s self-contained, cryptic, borderline pornographic, Hitchcock-goes-homoerotic Stranger by the Lake was a jaw-dropping breakthrough in 2013/2014, but it was actually the sixth feature film for […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Evolution”

Evolution (2016; Dir.: Lucile Hadzihalilovic) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes *Opens today at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. An unusual, fairly original entry into the horror genre, blending together Lost-style intrigue, Cronenberg-ian body horror and European neo-miserable disaffection.  Unfortunately, despite a truly disturbing core and some nightmarish […]

IN THEATERS (SF) – “Being 17”

Being 17 (2016; Dir.: André Téchiné) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes *Opens Friday, October 27, at the Landmark Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley. Pampered, white, tentatively out teen Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein, who also starred in the MVFF39 offering Keeper) gets driven […]