Combustible Celluloid

51st San Francisco International Film Festival (2008)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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This year, I was asked to write a daily blog for the San Francisco Bay Guardian as well as write eight, full-length reviews for Cinematical. So for the two weeks leading up to the festival and the festival itself I was watching as many movies as I could from a list of 177 titles, and writing furiously in-between. Even so, I still fell two films shy of my festival record, mainly due to the fact that I have a 2 year-old now (it's much harder to live, eat, breathe and sleep at the festival). Regardless, now that the dust has cleaared, I'm able to present my report on everything I saw.

  1. Alexandra
  2. Ballast
  3. Black Belt
  4. Brick Lane
  5. Cachao: Uno Mas
  6. Dust
  7. Fados
  8. A Girl Cut in Two
  9. Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
  10. Go Go Tales
  11. The Golem
  12. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  13. I Served the King of England
  14. In the City of Sylvia
  15. Just Like Home
  16. The Last Mistress
  17. Leave Her to Heaven
  18. Linger
  19. The Man from London
  20. Medicine for Melancholy
  21. Mother of Tears
  22. One Hundred Nails
  23. Redbelt
  24. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
  25. Secret
  26. Shadows in the Palace
  27. Standard Operating Procedure
  28. Stay Tooned, Kids! [Shorts Program]
  29. Still Life
  30. A Stray Girlfriend
  31. 10+4
  32. The Toe Tactic
  33. Touching Home
  34. Umbrella
  35. Up the Yangtze
  36. The Wackness
  37. Walt & El Grupo
  38. You, the Living

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