What’s Screening: October 28–November 3

The United Nations Association Film Festival wraps Sunday. French Cinema Now continues through Wednesday, and Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival keeps going through this week and beyond.. Cinema by the Bay opens Thursday. And, of course, there are a lot of Halloween events this week. I’ve placed them at the end of this newsletter. B+ … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 28–November 3

The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation Takes Over the Balboa

The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, which runs the Vogue, is joining forces with current Balboa manager Gary Meyer to keep that theater open. (I bet you didn’t even know it was in danger of closing.) The Balboa was built in 1926, making it one of the oldest continuing movie theaters in the Bay Area. … Continue reading The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation Takes Over the Balboa

Miracle Mile: A Little Miracle I Just Discovered

I discovered a rare gem Friday night--a modestly-budgeted Hollywood film from 1988 called Miracle Mile. I’d never heard of it before, and have no idea if it ever played the Bay Area. Without a doubt, this is the  very best dark and suspenseful romantic comedy I’ve ever seen about the end of civilization as we … Continue reading Miracle Mile: A Little Miracle I Just Discovered

What’s Screening: October 21 – 27

A lot of festivals going on. Berlin & Beyond continues through Wednesday, and Docfest continues through the end of the week. Both the Children's Film Festival and the Petaluma Film Festival open Friday and run through the weekend. United Nations Association Film Festival also opens Friday, but continues through the end of the month. French … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 21 – 27

Movies and Showmanship

I know people who use the word showmanship to refer to a high technical quality in motion picture presentation—usually referring to old-fashioned technology. I don’t. When I think of "showmanship," I don't think of movies. I think of circuses, magic shows, and rock concerts. Showmanship isn't about technology, but about live human beings putting on … Continue reading Movies and Showmanship