There's a new icon on my schedules, , for warning. It's not to warn you about bad movies. I've already got and for that. tells you that there's something wrong with the presentation--for instance, it's on DVD, not film. Hover your mouse cursor over this icon to find out what I'm warning you about.

RiffTrax Report

How was the RiffTrax event at the Rafael? Hilarious. They presented and commented on a wretched 1987 Sylvester Stallone vehicle called, appropriately enough, Over the Top. Imagine Stallone as a truck driver/professional arm wrestler bonding with the 12-year-old rich and spoiled son he only just met. Okay, that’s pretty ugly. Now imagine it with Mike … Continue reading RiffTrax Report

The Duke at 100

We just had a couple of big anniversaries. Friday marked 30 years since the original Star Wars (now renamed Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) premiered and altered the film industry. And Saturday was John Wayne's 100th birthday. I'll skip Star Wars and talk about the Duke. Bay Area cinephiles don't give John Wayne much respect. How bad is this? Let … Continue reading The Duke at 100

Films for the Week of May 25, 2007

Operation Homecoming, Red Vic, Sunday through Tuesday. Coached by professional writers, American soldiers and veterans of the Iraq war tell their stories. That's the idea behind the National Endowment for the Arts' Operation Homecoming, and the inspiration for this haunting documentary. Much of the film consists of the usual talking heads--the veterans who are telling … Continue reading Films for the Week of May 25, 2007

In a Festive Mood

Any independent filmmaker who wants to make a mark in the Bay Area should make a gay-themed animated horror film about the African-American experience. Why? Because such a film would have a good chance at showing up one of the area’s June festivals. For instance, SF IndieFest’s Another Hole in the Head Festival (as in … Continue reading In a Festive Mood

Real Film

A year ago this month I wrote a post about the unfortunate practice of theaters showing movies on video rather than film. I’m not talking about new, experimental works created in video, or free movies in the park, but classic films (with the emphasis on film) in theaters that expect you to pay admission. After … Continue reading Real Film

SFIFF Aftermath

A few quick, disjointed comments on the San Francisco International Film Festival. While I saw quite a few good movies, even some excellent ones, I caught nothing as fantastic as the cream of last year’s crop: Adam’s Apples (now in theaters for at least one week and not to be missed) and In Bed (which … Continue reading SFIFF Aftermath