What’s Screening: March 27 – April 2

The Tiburon International Film Festival ends Friday, but be patient. The Sonoma International Film Festival opens Wednesday. Double Bill: The Crowd & Our Daily Bread, Stanford, Friday, 7:30. Silent film was great for melodrama and better for comedy, but we don’t think o f it as the best medium for serious social drama. Yet few … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 27 – April 2

What’s Screening: March 20 – 26

The Asian American Film Festival finishes on Sunday, and the Tiburon International Film Festival continues through the week. Waltz with Bashir, Elmwood, opens Friday. Animated documentary sounds like an oxymoron, but I’m not sure what else to call Waltz With Bashir. The bulk of the film consists of actual interviews that writer/director Ari Folman had … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 20 – 26

Ang Lee & James Schamus at Zelerbach Hall

I just got home from watching Ang Lee and James Schamus talk about their films, show clips, and answer audience questions. It was all at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. I assume you know that Ang Lee is the director of Brokeback Mountain, Lust, Caution, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and a whole lot of other great … Continue reading Ang Lee & James Schamus at Zelerbach Hall

60’s Westerns SFIFF: Robert Redford & Sergio Leone

They keep dribbling out more news about the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival. Last week, they announced that Robert Redford will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for acting. (No, Peter J. Owens wasn't an actor; he was a philanthropist.) He'll receive the award at a big, expensive, black-tie affair April 30. But the … Continue reading 60’s Westerns SFIFF: Robert Redford & Sergio Leone

What’s Screening: March 13 – 19

The Tiburon International Film Festival opens Thursday night and runs through the 27th. Lust, Caution, Wheeler Auditorium, Berkeley, Tuesday, 7:00. Ang Lee in person! Ang Lee doesn't alter the conventions of the Hitchcockian thriller much in Lust, Caution, but he deepens those conventions, turning the thriller into a study of a young woman (newcomer Wei … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 13 – 19