Is COVID over? The Stanford is opening in July

The Stanford was the first Bay Area movie theater to close because of COVID-19. And now, 29 months later, it's opening again. This isn't just any cinema. The Stanford is a grand palace built in 1925. From 1987 on, it only showed old movies, and mostly with double-features. Insisting on being old-fashioned, the Stanford refuses … Continue reading Is COVID over? The Stanford is opening in July

What’s Screening: June 24 – 30

One of the Bay Area's most unusual and exciting movie theaters reopen this weekend, after two years and more. All around the Bay, there are films by such well-loved auteurs as Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Ernst Lubitsch, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Charlie Chaplin, and the MGM motion picture assembly line. Festivals & Series Frameline closes … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 24 – 30

Movies I’ve recently seen: Men Without Women ֍ Tales From Earthsea ֍ The Clock & The Longest Day

Here's another random selection of films I hadn't seen before. None are particularly brilliant. But then, none is truly awful. Click a film's title to find out how you can stream the movie. B Men Without Women (1930)  The film should have been called Men Without Oxygen. John Ford directed this tense, powerful naval thriller, … Continue reading Movies I’ve recently seen: Men Without Women ֍ Tales From Earthsea ֍ The Clock & The Longest Day

Márta Mészáros & John Ford: Two evenings at the BAMPFA

Two evenings. Two movies. Two brilliant auteurs at the BAMPFA. Márta Mészáros Last Saturday night, I discovered Márta Mészáros, a new, brilliant auteur. Well, not really new. she turned 90 last year. But she's new to me. Before the movie, curator Kathy Geritz told us a bit about Mészáros. She made her first film, The … Continue reading Márta Mészáros & John Ford: Two evenings at the BAMPFA

What’s Screening: June 10 – 16

Being that it's Pride Month, several classic gay movies are screening in theaters this week. But Bay Area cinemas are also playing films from such famous straight directors as Charlie Chaplin and Akira Kurosawa. Also, two festivals. Festivals & Series The Castro Theater's 100th Birthday Celebration closes Sunday Frameline opens Thursday New films opening theatrically … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 10 – 16