Movies I’ve Recently Seen: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shoplifters, Green Book, & The Favourite

After all that FilmStruck binge watching, it was time to get back into movie theaters. A A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959), BAMPFA It's amazing how deeply puppets can emote, even with fixed, painted faces. It takes a great artist to those dolls into life, and the Czech animator Jirí Trnka fits the bill. His work here … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shoplifters, Green Book, & The Favourite

What’s Screening: December 14 – 20

This week in Bay Area movie theaters: War and rebellion from Warner Brothers, dystopian future fiction, messed-up religion, German expressionism, Japanese masters, and horny youth. But no film festivals. Promising events Balboa Holiday Party, Balboa, Sunday, 5:00 I don't know much about this event, but it will involve vintage holiday-oriented cartoons, live music, and a … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 14 – 20

J’Accuse! finally comes to Blu-ray

I've yet to see a dramatic feature made before 1920 that's anywhere near as good as Abel Gance's J'Accuse! The three main characters are complex and believable, and performed by actors capable of bringing subtle and realistic emotions to the screen. The camerawork and editing don't just record the performances; they highlight the emotions and … Continue reading J’Accuse! finally comes to Blu-ray