What’s Screening: November 30 – December 6

Sorry I haven't been writing much, lately. Alas, professional and family matters have been getting in the way of blogging. I hope to get back to more Bayflicks posting soon. Despite my absence, the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival continues through this week and beyond. Also, this week I add the New Parkway … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 30 – December 6

What’s Screening: November 23 – 29

After all the film festivals we've had lately, you might feel that the Bay Area needs another one like it needs another hole in the head. And so, appropriately enough, the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival opens Wednesday. Here's what else is going on: A McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Vogue, Thursday, 8:00 (movie … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 23 – 29

From 35mm to DCP: My Thoughts on a Critical Symposium

The current issue of Cineaste Magazine contains a symposium article on the digital transition. Fueled by a conviction that this transition brings with it important and wide-ranging repercussions with regard to film culture, and that it’s critical to investigate and debate these consequences, we have organized this Critical Symposium, inviting a range of people—repertory cinema … Continue reading From 35mm to DCP: My Thoughts on a Critical Symposium

What’s Screening: November 16 – 22

The fall festivals are winding down. The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival closes on Sunday, and Doc Fest finishes on Wednesday. A Hava Nagila (The Movie), Camera 12, Sunday, 5:30. Hava Nagila, a documentary about the famous tune, doesn’t take itself too seriously. Even the titles that introduce interview subjects make casual jokes. This fun … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 16 – 22

How Many Films are Still Shot on Film

When I tell people who work in technology, but not in cinema, that most professional, theatrical movies are still shot on film, they find that shocking. It seems counterintuitive. Well, of course most filmmakers still shoot on film. It looks better--whether it's projected on film or digital. Or do they? And does it really look … Continue reading How Many Films are Still Shot on Film

Blu-ray Review: Rashomon

As I watched Criterion's beautiful new Blu-ray edition of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, I noticed how patterns of three ripple through this masterpiece. You have, of course, the love triangle (well, more like a lust and violence triangle) that centers the story. But you also have the three men under the Rashomon gate. And the three … Continue reading Blu-ray Review: Rashomon