Film Books I’d Love to Read (Now If Only Someone Would Write Them)

I read a lot of books about cinema history. But I'm picky. I'm seldom interested in movie star biographies, or anyone's autobiography. But I love a good overview of an era, the story of a major transition, or a scholarly biography of a producer, director, or screenwriter. Here are a few books that I would … Continue reading Film Books I’d Love to Read (Now If Only Someone Would Write Them)

What’s Screening: May 25 – 31

Only one festival this week: New Czech Films at the Roxie. It runs Tuesday through Thursday, and then picks up again in the middle of next week. Not much else, either. Roxie Fundraiser Dinner, The Verdi Club, Wednesday, 6:30. Help keep the Roxie running with this special event. It's extremely expensive, but all for a … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 25 – 31

What’s Screening: May 18 – 24

This week in Bay Area festivals:I Wake Up Dreaming continues through Thursday. And the Crossroads Festival opens Friday and runs through the weekend. C- Elles, Bridge, Shattuck, opens Friday. This NC-17 French/Polish co-production has a lot of sex, and a lot of nudity (both male and female), but is in no way erotic. That's odd, … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 18 – 24

Why Silents Are Golden: This Year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival

As regular readers know, I'm passionate about silent movies. Without the crutch of spoken words, a motion picture becomes pure cinema--reality on an entirely different plane. The actors can be fully unique, complex individuals (not that they always are) while remaining archetypes. Take Louise Brooks. In silent films, she's magical, mysterious, and the very embodiment … Continue reading Why Silents Are Golden: This Year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Elles

C- sex drama Wrtten by Malgorzata Szumowska and Tine Byrckel Directed by Malgorzata Szumowska Let's get the expectations raised by this French/Polish co-production's NC-17 rating out of the way first. Yes, there is a lot of sex, and a lot of nudity (both male and female). And no, I didn't find anything in Elles to … Continue reading Elles

Violence as Light Entertainment–The Moral Question

I love a good turn-off-the-brain action movie--one where the hero gets to dispatch multiple bad guys without remorse but with plenty of clever quips. But the older I get, the more I begin to wonder if there's something inherently wrong with these pictures. Do they teach us that we can solve our problems by killing … Continue reading Violence as Light Entertainment–The Moral Question