If you read this newsletter regularly, or check out the star icons in the weekly schedules, you may have noticed that I recommend far more movies than I warn you against. Indeed, last week's newsletter had nothing but recommendations. I realize that doesn’t help my image as an honest journalist. So let me explain: Unlike … Continue reading Why So Many Recommendations?
Tired of blockbusters? Have no fear. We're heading into the fall film festival season. I guess the theory is that now that the kids are back in school, the grownups can go to the movies. Two festivals open the week after next, one big, one small. They're both general film festivals, identified with a town … Continue reading Fall Film Festival Season
Make no mistake: You should check out Kirby Dick’s documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated. It covers an important issue (important, at least, to anyone who cares about the art of cinema), the control that the MPAA’s rating board has on what we see on American screens. Dick has a strong opinion, and he … Continue reading This Film is Not Quite Honest
I accidentally knocked my wife's coat off a hook the other evening. So I bent down, picked it up, and hung it back up. What's the point of this story? There was no point. In fact, the very point I'm trying to make is that the incident was completely pointless. Here's my point: If that … Continue reading Life vs. Film
So much to cover! The Bay Area is hosting a lot of interesting film events in the next couple of weeks. Here are a few quick summaries. But first, if you’re not entirely bored with all the coverage I gave the Castro’s recent 70mm series, check out some discussions of sound problems on my Letters … Continue reading So Much to Cover!