San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 2

Once again, I present three new mini-reviews of films that will screen at the San Francisco International Film Festival. You can also check out my first batch of five. I'll post at least four more before the festival opens. As usual, they're listed from best to worst. A- A Date for Mad Mary The story … Continue reading San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 2

What’s Screening: March 24 – 30

Black Panthers, Woody Allen, Chaplin's best talkie, and a whole lot of Buster Keaton grace Bay Area movie theaters this week. Festivals The Albany Film Festival continues through Sunday Buster Keaton Weekend opens tonight and runs through the weekend. Read my report and recommendations. The Sonoma International Film Festival opens Wednesday Promising events Panel discussion … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 24 – 30

Buster Keaton Weekend

Movie audiences first saw Buster Keaton on the big screen in 1917, with the premiere of Fatty Arbuckle's short The Butcher Boy. To celebrate the centenary of Keaton's first cinematic appearance, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum turns its theater over to the Great Stoneface with a mini festival of 11 shorts and four feature-length … Continue reading Buster Keaton Weekend

SF Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 1

Here's my first collection of San Francisco International Film Festival mini-reviews: five movies appraised from best to worst. Three of them are narratives. The two documentaries, which happen to be the two best in the lot, deal with Haiti, and cover the horrible 2010 earthquake. A Bending the Arc If this documentary doesn't make you … Continue reading SF Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 1

What’s Screening: March 17 – 23

Howard Hawks, Spike Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, dangerously violent Jews, and a chance to make fun of Tom Cruise grace Bay Area film theaters this week. Festivals CAAMfest continues through Sunday. You can still check out my recommendations. The Albany Film Festival - the only film festival in easy walking distance from my home - opens … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 17 – 23

San Francisco International Film Festival turns 60

We don't have Sundance or Toronto in the Bay Area, but we do have the oldest film festival in the Americas. The San Francisco International Film Festival turns 60 this year, and the organization that runs it is now it's called SFFILM. This year, it's running 181 separate films (104 of them feature length) from April 5 through … Continue reading San Francisco International Film Festival turns 60

What’s Screening: March 10 – 16

Scorsese, Jerry Lewis, Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbo, man-eating worms, a man-eating alien, and five film festivals grace Bay Area movie theaters this week. Festivals Cinequest closes Sunday The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival also closes Sunday CAAMfest continues through this week and beyond. Check out my reports on this festival. The Bay Area … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 10 – 16