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#32: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

#32: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

June 25, 2019

Dave’s been sitting on this one for awhile, a little hesitant about Ashley’s reaction. This week’s pick, THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER (1989) is definitely not for everyone. Peter Greenaway’s film is visually and structurally bold. It is shocking in it’s portrayal of violence and barbarism, and the titular Thief is perhaps one of the worst humans to ever appear on screen. Yet there is something about it, a teetering balance, like a waiter carrying an overloaded tray. Will Ashley find this film as rich and fascinating as Dave does, or will it leave her cold?

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Extra #2: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

Extra #2: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

June 14, 2019

Home is one of the most powerful words in any language. It is not simply a place, but a symbol of something more, a visceral feeling of safety, of belonging, of community. So what happens to a person when that place, that community, that belonging is slowly but surely dismantled? In this week’s extra episode, we review THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. This film confronts the effects of gentrification on identity and belonging through the eyes of tragic hero Jimmie Fails. This film is a swirl of poetry and music made visual, and we just had to talk about it.

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#31: Woman on the Run (1950)

#31: Woman on the Run (1950)

June 11, 2019

When Ashley first saw WOMAN ON THE RUN at the Noir City Film festival in 2015, she just knew her good friend Dave, a proud San Francisco native, would absolutely love it. It only took four years for him to see it, partly because Ashley couldn’t remember what it was called. Shot on location in mid-century San Francisco, this noir thriller by director Norman Foster features great visuals, an outstanding lead performance by Ann Sheridan as a woman searching for her husband after he witnesses a mob murder, and some top-rate character actors to keep things interesting. Twice thought lost forever, the story of saving and restoring this film has almost as many twists as the film itself, almost...  

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