In Praise of Digital Projection

I’m a cinema purist. I want my films shown in the correct aspect ratio. I don’t approve of colorization, adding new and “improved” special effects, or 2D-to-3D conversions. I’m offended when the DVD or Blu-ray disc of a classic doesn’t include the original mono soundtrack. Yet, in terms of the esthetic cinematic experience, I wouldn’t … Continue reading In Praise of Digital Projection

Blu-ray Review: The Manchurian Candidate (original, 1962 version)

“Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.” All the men who served under him in Korea say so. Which is odd because the guy is a cold, self-righteous jerk. Maybe it has something to do with the way they seem to be on autopilot when … Continue reading Blu-ray Review: The Manchurian Candidate (original, 1962 version)

What’s Screening: June 24 – 30

The Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival starts Friday night and runs through the weekend. And Frameline also finishes up Sunday. And the San Francisco United Film Festival, which I just found out about while preparing this newsletter, opens today and runs through Thursday at the Roxie. A- Live Theater on the Big Screen: The Importance of … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 24 – 30

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

By early 1968, Hollywood was finally beginning to realize that nothing would ever be the same again. “Warren Beatty, who looked like a movie star, had become a producer. Dustin Hoffman, who looked like a producer, had become a movie star. And Sidney Poitier, who looked like no other movie star had ever looked, had … Continue reading Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood