What’s Screening: February 23 – March 1

Celebrate the Communist revolution. Ogle (or laugh at) sex kitten Jane Fonda. Play chess with Death as your guitar gently weeps. All these experiences and more can be found this week in Bay Area movie theaters. Also: Two film festivals. Festivals The Children's Film Festival opens today and runs through Sunday CineQuest opens Tuesday and … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 23 – March 1

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Black Panther, Phantom Thread, Marty, & Way Down South

Four more films, in order from best to worst. Two are about white people. The other two are mostly about black people. A Black Panther (2018), Grand Lake Theatre Yes, it's revolutionary. In the age of Trump, Hollywood gambled on making a huge-budget superhero movie with an almost entirely black cast, set largely in a fictional … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Black Panther, Phantom Thread, Marty, & Way Down South

What’s Screening: February 16 – 22

Dogs, cats, bigamy, war, Studio Ghibli, and a couple of film festivals play out in Bay Area theaters this week. Festivals Modern Cinema continues through Sunday. See my recommendations. The Mostly British Film Festival continues through the week Also of interest, the Roxie is running Studio Ghibli films, in the original Japanese with subtitles, all week. … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 16 – 22

Chaplin Diary, Part 6: Middle Mutual

With almost full freedom, Chaplin was able to take considerable time to get his vision on film. According to Peter Ackroyd's biography, Charlie Chaplin, "he spent three weeks on filming one scene alone, in which he kicks his rival while whirling around with a partner on the dance floor." With that sort of perfectionism, it wasn't … Continue reading Chaplin Diary, Part 6: Middle Mutual