San Francisco International Film Festival Preview, Part 2

For all sorts of reasons--including my home network and the US Post Office--I've only been able to preview two more films that will screen at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Here's what I thought of them. Oddly, they're both about young people in the sixties and that decade's immediate aftermath. B Something in the … Continue reading San Francisco International Film Festival Preview, Part 2

Blancanieves: Silent Film Still Lives in this Spanish Snow White Tale

A- Silent melodrama Written and directed by Pablo Berger Could The Artist have started a trend? Less than 18 months after Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy hit Bay Area screens, here comes another brand new silent film, also in narrow-screen black and white. But Pablo Berger's very Spanish take on Snow White is as different from … Continue reading Blancanieves: Silent Film Still Lives in this Spanish Snow White Tale

Saturday at the Movies: 50s 3D Horror and Early Talkie Hitchcock

I attended two very different revival screenings yesterday. In the early afternoon, I visited the Castro to catch the newly-restored Creature from the Black Lagoon in all of its 3D spender. Then, in the evening, I dropped in at the Pacific Film Archive to catch a rare, early Alfred Hitchcock talkie, Rich and Strange. Both … Continue reading Saturday at the Movies: 50s 3D Horror and Early Talkie Hitchcock

What’s Screening: April 12 – 18

We've got two international festivals running in the North Bay right now. Sonoma ends Sunday, while Tiburon's festival continues through the week. A Best of Looney Tunes Cartoons, Sebastiani Theatre, Saturday, 9:30am. For much of the mid 20th century, Warner Brothers' cartoon division ran wild, making some of funniest and cleverest seven-minute shorts ever drawn. … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 12 – 18