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Man Facing Southeast (1986) Directed by Eliseo Subiela In his work, Argentine auteur Eliseo Subiela (1944-2016) blended surrealism and magical realism in narratives that are partly philosophical, partly spiritual. Man Facing Southeast is his best-known film, if it’s known at all now in the US. A humanistic lo-fi sci-fi movie, it shares affinities with The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Starman (1984), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Directed by David Green Opens June 3 Despite my base nostalgic impulses, I can’t admit the 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy is wholly worth lionizing. The original film’s strengths—effective hand-to-puppet combat; authentic murky tone; compensation of technical limitations with okayish character development; inclusion of actual teenagers—dwindled with later entries. Between the films, toys, cartoons, and video games, my memory of iconography overtakes actual moments. Crazily enough, I’d be...
  For someone who’s logged as many hours as I did at Freddy’s (RIP), I really can’t remember much about it. No sign outside—or maybe just the one, for PBR, flickering, upside down. (Or was it?) Wooden booths, a backroom—or a downstairs? Both? Saloon style-shutters leading to the graffiti-covered toilets, which otherwise didn’t really close. Three-dollar PBR on ice in a cooler under the bar, never cold enough, but for $3 (or was it $2,...
The Royal Road Directed by Jenni Olson October 30-November 5 at Anthology Film Archives It’s been 10 years since Jenni Olson released The Joy of Life, a landscape-essay film that, among various achievements, mused on the association between the Golden Gate Bridge and suicide. The film, alongside Olson’s op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle about the topic, reignited a discussion about the need for preventative measures to be taken, which stayed prevalent through the release of the...

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