Film Micro Reviews - Two good Under-the-Radar Films

 

 

Kedi, a Turkish documentary (kedi is Turkish for cats) about the stray cats of Istanbul and a love letter to that exotic city.   You don’t have to be a cat lover to love this film with its very affectionate look at these cats and the people of Istanbul, who care for them. 

 

 

Cinematography is wonderful, with the camera often gliding at cat level, and showing their lives, from birth to death.  The cat lovers interviewed are as interesting as the cats.  “If you can’t love animals, you cannot love people.”   The cats are as integrated into the culture and  life of the city as are the human inhabitants.  Great soundtrack of Turkish traditional and rock music.   Tremendously enjoyable film with insight and love.  Running time: 80 minutes.   Playing at the Embarcadero, the Rafael, the Shattuck and the Camera 3.

 

Get Out, a sophisticated horror film with humorous touches, but definitely scary.   Scary not because of vampires or zombies, but because of the ostensibly normal characters who seem much like us.  The story begins just like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, where a black guy first meets his girlfriend’s wealthy parents at their country mansion. 

 

 

They are quite progressive, welcome him and try to say all the right things, some of which sound exaggerated, such as raving about Tiger Woods.  They do have black servants whom they continually praise as “family” but who are a bit strange.   Then the story begins to take a very different direction than expected.   A first film by Jordan Peel that will make it hard to sleep after you’ve seen it.   Running time: 104 minutes.   Playing widely in the Bay Area including the Marina.   Meow and ciao, Ian

 

 

 

 Photos: Kedi Press Kit

 

 

 


 

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