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
Regular readers may remember my enthusiastic response to The Dark Knight in Imax. I called it "the best way to present the most spectacular of Hollywood entertainments." After seeing Star Trek in digital Imax at AMC's Emery Bay multiplex last night, I have to amend that. Real, film-based Imax, in a real Imax theater, is … Continue reading The Digital and Deflated Imax Experience
Yet another festival, I Wake Up Dreaming: the Haunted World of the B Film Noir, opens Friday at the Roxie and runs through the 28th. Wings, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday. Primarily remembered as winner of the first Best Picture Oscar (except that the award wasn’t called Best Picture at the time), Wings was … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 15 – 21
I find myself wondering if the Castro's business model, or something like that, would work at the Cerrito. By that I mean revival series built around a theme (a director, a composer, or a genre), occasional first run, and renting the place out for film festivals. Few major festivals have an East Bay venue, and … Continue reading More Thoughts on the Cerrito
The following statement just went out to the Speakeasy Theaters mailing list: As many of you know, Speakeasy Theaters has been experiencing extreme financial difficulty since opening the Cerrito Theater. We learned much from the closing of the Parkway. Of most importance, we learned that our patrons would have preferred more warning of its impending … Continue reading It’s Official: Speakeasy Backs Out of Cerrito Theater