Posts by: Anisse Gross
We talk to filmmaker Brian Lindstrom about his latest project, Alien Boy, the creative process behind documentary filmmaking, and his personal and artistic relationship with his wife, Cheryl Strayed....more
Interior. Leather Bar. is actually less a tribute to the lost footage from Cruising, and more of a docufiction about the nature of sexuality, heteronormativity, and the representation of both in mainstream films....more
It’s that time of year again—SF gets all abuzz as Frameline Film Festival, the oldest film festival dedicated to LGBT programming, crushes it with an amazing roster of films.
My picks as a cineaste and devoted SF-resident are below, but again they are based on what I think is going to be great and are merely a reflection of my rarified individual tastes....more
Anisse Gross talks with Joshua Mohr about his latest novel, “a call to arms against complacency, a rally towards reclaiming one’s own individuality.”...more
Today we’re running five essays on Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained. The intention of running so many was not to give Django a disproportionate amount of coverage, but to reflect the controversy and conversation the film has sparked: I’ve overheard 80-year-old men in Speedos talking about it at my swim club, and a thread on my own Facebook page got so heated that I almost quit social media entirely....more
Andrew McCarthy, likely best known to you as a member of the iconic Brat Pack, with his roles in Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, has forged a second career as a travel writer. Out with a new memoir, The Longest Way Home, about traveling as a way to settle down, McCarthy touches on issues of fatherhood and commitment....more
The skillfully understated filmmaker Kelly Reichardt joins up again with screenwriter Jon Raymond to give us Meek’s Cutoff — a portrait of the Oregon Trail as both a place and an idea, back when the west was an uncharted strange land off in the distance, waiting to be found....more
Francis Ford Coppola’s latest film TWIXT opens in San Francisco this Friday, August 10th. Written, directed and produced by Coppola, this film represents his new code of personal filmmaking ethics: the film must be an original story; it must have a personal component, and it must be self-financed....more
One of the highlights for me of this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival was hearing novelist Jonathan Lethem deliver the festival’s annual State of Cinema Address.
Lethem, an exuberant and insatiable cineaste, managed to cram mumblecore, the Occupy movement, and even neotony (you’ll find out), into a wildly adventurous, spirited discourse on cinema today....more
The recent film We Need To Talk About Kevin starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and its distributor, Oscilloscope Labs, sent us a copy to give away to one lucky Rumpus reader!...more
“It was silent and dark, and the children were afraid.” This the opening line of James Vance Marshall’s Walkabout, but isn’t it also the first line of all of our lives?
Walkabout, first published in 1959, is a petite book with a classic premise: two white children from Charleston, South Carolina are traveling when their plane crashes in the Australian outback....more
Set in a dive bar, Joshua Mohr’s new novel, Damascus follows a weird gang as their lives crumble. Somehow it’s still life-affirming....more
To Humbert Humbert of Nabokov’s Lolita: “Hey Humbert, How’s jail? I hope it’s as bad as they make it out to be in those undercover exposes. I mean, I really hope you’re suffering, I want to be clear on that from the outset.”