For the fourth year in a row, Randy Haberkamp of the Motion Picture Academy came to the Rafael with an overview of one-hundred-year-old films. For the first time, I was there to see it. Haberkamp introduced and presented seven one-reelers (pretty much all there was in those days) from 1910—six of them narrative fiction. Despite … Continue reading A CENTURY AGO: THE FILMS OF 1910
The San Francisco International Animation Festival continues through the weekend. New Italian Cinema opens Sunday. The Chinese American Film Festival starts Wednesday. And the Napa Valley Film Festival run Friday through Sunday. And on Sunday, the Club Foot Orchestra returns to the Castro, accompanying four silent movie screenings. I discuss specific movies at the end … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 12 – 18
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With this post I’m inaugurating something new in Bayflicks: Blu-ray reviews of classic films. Sherlock Jr. and The Three Ages Kino releases its third Buster Keaton Blu-ray title on November 16, and while it’s nowhere near as exciting as The General (or, I assume their Steamboat Bill Jr. disc, which I haven't seen), it’s a … Continue reading More Keaton on Blu-ray
With all the other festivals going on lately, I somehow missed the South Asian Film Festival, which opened last Wednesday. It continues through Sunday. A Double Feature: Hail the Conquering Hero & The Great McGinty, Stanford, Saturday through Monday. Only the great writer/director Preston Sturges could have found a way to satirize patriotic hoopla at … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 5 – 11
At the Pacific Film Archive, November/December is always the shortest schedule of the year. Thank the holidays for that. A lot of people go to movies on Christmas, but they don’t go to the Pacific Film Archive. But the PFA has a promising month and a half of cinematic studies and pleasures. Certainly the most … Continue reading New PFA Schedule
A My wife and I caught Nowhere Boy Saturday night. I went in knowing a considerable amount about John Lennon’s life. I went out knowing a whole lot more about how his emotional makeup. Or at least more about how some very talented filmmakers assume his makeup to have been. For those who haven’t heard, … Continue reading Nowhere Boy