The domain name Bayflicks.net is back, and not just as a pointer to bayflicks.wordpress.com. In fact, bayflicks.wordpress.com is a pointer to Bayflicks.net. Doing this required me to move my domain name from my old host to wordpress.com, and that had one unforeseen consequence: All the images posted before the move to wordpress are now broken. … Continue reading Bayflicks.net is Back!
I Wake Up Dreaming, the Roxie’s noir festival, has done so well it’s been held over an extra week. And CounterCorp continues at the Victoria Theater. Selling That Stuff 'Toon Style: Forty Years of Animated Advertisements and The Naughty to Nasty Sex Cartoon Extravaganza, , Oddball Film, Friday, 8:00 (advertisements) and 10:00 (sex). I think … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 29 – June 4
The Cerrito is gone (hopefully temporarily), and so is Speakeasy Theaters (definitely permanently), But Thrilleville lives on…at least for a bit. Will Viharo, who booked the two Speakeasy theaters and ran Thrillville there, as found a home for the next scheduled event. On June 18, at 7:30, thrill seekers will convene at the Camera 3 … Continue reading The Cerrito is Gone, but Thrillville Lives On
By the beginning of the 1950’s, Akira Kurosawa was capable of making a masterpiece on the order of Rashomon, but he still couldn’t make two decent movies in a row. His follow-up to Rashomon, The Idiot, stinks to high heaven. And at 166 minutes, it’s a very long stink. (Kurosawa’s original cut ran 265 minutes, … Continue reading Kurosawa Diary, Part 8: The Idiot
Note: I made a slight alteration to this post on June 30, at the request of a Castro employee. The Castro has a new digital projector. I’m not talking about the kind you might use for conference presentations, then bring home to watch DVDs. I’m talking about the kind of big, 2K projector that’s becoming … Continue reading The Castro’s New Digital Projector
CounterCorp, "Anti-Corporate Film Festival," opens Friday at San Francisco the Victoria Theater for a three-day run. This one wears its political heart on its sleeve--it's left sleeve. In other festival news, I Wake Up Dreaming: the Haunted World of the B Film Noir continues through the week at the Roxie. John Wayne Western Double Bill: … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 22 – 28
So let's talk about Frameline, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender--I wish they'd come up with a single word rather than a four-consonant acronym) film festival. It runs June 18 through the 28 at the Castro, the Roxie, the the Victoria, and, in Berkeley, the Elmwood. The opening film, An Englishman In New York, … Continue reading Frameline LGBT Festival
I just got the announcement. The Cerrito will be closed from May 20 through the 28th. Let's hope it opens on the 29th.
And now, finally, we get into classic Kurosawa. Both from my own personal experience and its place in film history, Rashomon is in a different league than the other films I've yet seen since undertaking to watch all of Kurosawa's films (or at least all that are available) in chronological order. I've seen Rashomon more … Continue reading Kurosawa Diary, Part 7: Rashomon
Science Fiction I never was a Trekkie (or a Trekker), but I enjoyed the original show for some years, and became a big fan of The Next Generation and some of the first movies (especially II, III, and IV--which I always thought of as a trilogy). That put me in a good place to enjoy … Continue reading Star Trek