What’s Screening: January 29 – February 4

In festival news, Noir City closes on Sunday, and IndieFest opens Thursday. A+ Brazil, Castro, Wednesday. One of the best black comedies ever  filmed, and the best dystopian fantasy on celluloid. In a bizarre, repressive, anally bureaucratic, and thoroughly dysfunctional society, one government worker (Jonathan Pryce) tries to escape into his own romantically heroic imagination. … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 29 – February 4

Kurosawa Diary, Part 11: Record of a Living Being (I Live in Fear)

Akira Kurosawa’s 15th film doesn’t enjoy the continued popularity of the works that bookcase it, Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood. Nor is it as widely available. I saw it for the first time only a few years ago at the Castro. My second viewing happened on DVD Sunday night, as part of my current … Continue reading Kurosawa Diary, Part 11: Record of a Living Being (I Live in Fear)

What’s Screening: January 22 – 28

Noir City opens at the Castro tonight for a 10-day run. I wrote a bit about it here. Edison Theater 5 Year Anniversary, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday, 7:30. The Museum has been presenting silent movies in their own Edison Theater for five years now, and they’ve got a free show to prove it.  … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 22 – 28

The Strong Man at the PFA

I caught the Frank Capra/Harry Langdon comedy The Strong Man at the Pacific Film Archive Sunday. It was my first chance seeing it on the big screen. The movie has three bust-a-gut hilarious sequences, and it was great to share the gut-busting with a real audience. When I entered the theater, I stopped to say … Continue reading The Strong Man at the PFA

What’s Screening: January 15-21

This is a good week if you want to laugh. Nothing on the list of comedies…and good ones. A Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Castro, Thursday, 7:00. Terry Jones in person. Bump your coconuts together and prepare the Holy Hand Grenade, but watch out for the Killer Rabbit (not to mention the Trojan one). … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 15-21

What’s Screening: January 8 – 14

B+ M. Hulot’s Holiday, Pacific Film Archive, Thursday, 7:00. Jacques Tati’s second feature, and his first as the hapless Mr. Hulot, is odd, plotless, nearly dialog-free, and in its own quiet and reserved way, pretty damn funny. The pipe-smoking Hulot takes a vacation at a seaside resort, and while anarchy doesn’t exactly break out, it … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 8 – 14