Hollywood Does Hollywood at the Castro

I just found out about this series Wednesday at the Castro. It’s not even on their web site as I write this. As the name implies, Hollywood Does Hollywood features American films about American filmmaking. Because I didn’t know about the series when I prepared the current newsletter, I’m inserting a newsletter-like listing that would … Continue reading Hollywood Does Hollywood at the Castro

What’s Screening: June 25 – July 1

Frameline continues through Sunday, and the Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival runs this weekend (Friday through Sunday). A- Howl, Castro, Sunday, 7:30. What did you expect–a conventional biopic? Would that do justice to the Allen Ginsberg epic poem with which the film shares its name? Like the poem, Howl is challenging, cutting-edge, and unconventional. By … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 25 – July 1

Jewish Film Festival Announced

Proud of its diversity, the Bay Area hosts a lot of what I call identity film festivals—geared around a particular way people identify themselves, whether it’s ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual identity. And the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, now celebrating it’s 30th year, started the trend. Being Jewish, this event has more meaning for … Continue reading Jewish Film Festival Announced

What’s Screening: June 18 – 24

Frameline continues through this week. A+ Ikiru, Pacific Film Archive, Sunday, 7:15. One of Akira Kurosawa’s best, and arguably the greatest serious drama ever put up on the screen. Takashi Shimura gives the performance of his lifetime as an aging government bureaucrat dying of cancer. Emotionally cut off from his family–including the son and daughter-in-law … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 18 – 24