Global Lens Series

Somehow I entirely missed the Global Lens series. It opens Thursday at St. John's with the Indonesian family comedy Of Love and Egg, and runs at various locations--including the Balboa and the Roxie--through November 15. The Global Film Initiative attempts to build understanding between cultures by presenting films from developing countries to American audiences. I’m … Continue reading Global Lens Series

Niles International Film Festival

This weekend the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum runs its three-day Niles International Film Festival. Actually, it would be more accurately titled the Niles European Film Festival, since the six features and seven shorts are all from that particular semi-continent. All films are silent, of course, with piano accompaniment. The George Melies short, "The Impossible … Continue reading Niles International Film Festival

Lust, Caution

Period thriller Written by James Schamus and Hui-Ling Wang, from a story by Eileen Chang Directed by Ang Lee For an independent filmmaker, Ang Lee sure knows his basic commercial genres--knows them well enough to shake them up, spin them around, and turn them on their head. He’s turned the kung fu flick into romantic … Continue reading Lust, Caution

The Valley of This Week’s Recommendations and Warnings

Presenting my first weekly Recommendations & Warnings Report created without benefit of weekly schedules. New rule: I will no longer list films in wide release--even art-house wide release. This list will only include calendar screenings (a day to a week in one theater) very limited releases playing in only a couple of theaters. Valley of … Continue reading The Valley of This Week’s Recommendations and Warnings