The San Francisco International Film Festival opens two weeks from tonight. Tickets are on sale. Here are four films you might want to see…or want to skip. As usual, they're in order from best to worst. A I Am Not a Witch In an unnamed African country (shot in Zambia), villagers accuse a young girl … Continue reading San Francisco Film Festival Preview, Part 1
Somehow, despite all these film festivals, the Chaplin Diary, and Blu-rays, I've still found time to just go to the movies (or watch them at home). Here are five, listed from best to worst. A- The Death of Stalin (2017), Shattuck Few historical deaths can create as much merriment. Once their General Secretary is dead, the … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Death of Stalin, I, Tonya, A Night at the Opera, The Little Foxes, & Thoughts That Once We Had
You don't expect film noir from Louis Malle. But his first narrative feature, Elevator to the Gallows, is as dark, suspenseful, and entertaining as the best crime dramas that ever came out of Hollywood. Criterion released this excellent thriller in February. Made in France in 1957 (it was released in '58), the complex yet tightly-told … Continue reading Louis Malle Noir: My Blu-ray review of Elevator to the Gallows
Frightened rabbits, frightened executives, and people with a good reason to be frightened because they're not white males. And they're all on Bay Area screens this week. Also, two film festivals. Festivals The Albany Filmfest opens Saturday and runs through the week and beyond The Sonoma International Film Festival opens Wednesday and runs into the … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 16 – 22
A- Comedic drama Written by Atsuko Hirayanagi, from the short film by Boris Frumin and Atsuko Hirayanagi Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi In Tokyo, a middle-aged woman lives a life of quiet desperation. Then she attends a class in American English and finds herself attracted to her outgoing and handsome teacher. When the teacher suddenly and … Continue reading California and Japan clash in Oh Lucy!
Get ready for a massive injection of cinema. The 61st San Francisco International Film Festival opens April 4 and closes two weeks later on April 17. And you know what that means? For the third year in a row, the SFilm Fest conflicts with Passover. You would think that someone would check a Jewish calendar. The … Continue reading This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival announced
Why would anyone spend up to $40 (MSRP; you can buy it for less) for a Blu-ray of a movie that runs only 15 minutes? There are several good reasons. George Méliès' A Trip to the Moon is not only a fun and imaginative entertainment; it's also one of the most important motion pictures ever … Continue reading Blu-ray review: A Trip to the Moon in many colors and musical scores