What’s Screening: May 31 – June 6

The Green Film Festival continues through Wednesday. Charlie Chaplin Days takes over not just the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum but the whole neighborhood of Niles. DocFest opens Thursday. And here's something heartening. The CineMark Classic Series has been so successful that they're expanding it, adding a Sunday matinee to the existing Wednesday afternoon and … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 31 – June 6

Independent Cinema’s 1st Threequel: Before Midnight

A romantic drama Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, & Ethan Hawke Directed by Richard Linklater This isn't supposed to happen. You don't want independent, serious, thoughtful, adult-oriented cinema to have franchises. Art is not expected to have sequels--let alone threequels. And yet, the third film in Richard Linklater's Before series is a gem--as good … Continue reading Independent Cinema’s 1st Threequel: Before Midnight

Bay Area Silent Summer 2013: Great Opportunities to Watch Movies with Live Musical Accompaniment

Perhaps it's the fog. When summer rolls around in the Bay Area, people want to go to the movies. And a sufficient number of those people want to go to silent movies, preferably accompanied by live music. You can devote three of June's five weekends to silent film. And that doesn't even include the biggest … Continue reading Bay Area Silent Summer 2013: Great Opportunities to Watch Movies with Live Musical Accompaniment

A New Schedule and a New Projector at the Pacific Film Archive

I've got the new summer schedule for the Pacific Film Archive. And the biggest news is hidden between the lines. As I looked over the printed schedule, I noticed that the PFA will screen several films off DCPs. As far as I knew, the PFA didn't have that capability. Last year, Senior Film Curator Susan … Continue reading A New Schedule and a New Projector at the Pacific Film Archive

What’s Screening: May 24 – 30

The Playground Film Festival continues through Saturday, while the Green Film Festival opens Thursday. Other than that, not much going on that I can tell you about. A- What Maisie Knew, Embarcadero, Albany, opens Friday. This family drama follows the aftereffects of a very angry, messy, and vindictive divorce–as seen through the eyes of the … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 24 – 30