What’s Screening: January 27–February 2

We’re off to see Harry Belafonte, Captain Kirk, and two black birds. And if you find yourself reading this newsletter over and over again, that’s because it’s Groundhog Day. In festival news, Noir City continues through Sunday. And the Mostly British Film Festival opens Thursday. B Sing Your Song, Roxie, opens Friday. Harry Belafonte is … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 27–February 2

Noir City Report: 2 by Sam Fuller

I spent last night at the Castro, where I saw two crime thrillers by the great Samuel Fuller: House of Bamboo and Underworld USA--all part of the Noir City festival running through Sunday. The evening got off to a late start. Due to an error, the starting time was advertised as 7:00 in some publications … Continue reading Noir City Report: 2 by Sam Fuller

The Arrow Awards: The Best in British Television Commercials

The British make great television and have a great comedy tradition. But does that mean you should pay to see their television commercials? C Collection of television commercials If you're like me, you probably mute or fast-forward through TV commercials. So why on earth would you go to a movie theater and buy a ticket … Continue reading The Arrow Awards: The Best in British Television Commercials

What’s Screening: January 20 – 26

The Wages of Separation When You Put Safety Last Noir City opens today (Friday) and runs through the week and a bit beyond. A A Separation, Embarcadero Center, opens Friday. Writer/director Asghar Farhadi demonstrates how good people can turn against each other in this harrowing tale from Iran about divorce, family responsibilities, and courtroom drama. … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 20 – 26

Race and Casting in American Movies

Try this exercise: Start with a large selection of American feature films. They could be your all-time favorites, the ones you own, or AFI's most recent 100 Best American Films list. Or simply the unsubtitled movies currently in theaters. Now, remove all of the films where the protagonist--the central character or hero--is portrayed by a … Continue reading Race and Casting in American Movies