In festival news, DocFest continues through this week. The Hitchcock 9 runs from tonight through Sunday. And Frameline opens Thursday night. I've separated the festival screenings below. A Much Ado About Nothing, Albany, Aquarius, Century San Francisco Centre 9, opens Friday. Most of us don’t associate Joss Whedon with Shakespeare, yet he's done wonders with … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 14 – 20
A Romantic comedy Adapted and directed by Joss Whedon From the play by William Shakespeare It seems like a stupid question: Who could better adapt one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies to the big screen: Kenneth Branagh or Joss Whedon? The first is our generation's Olivier. The second is known for movies and TV shows … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing
Even Alfred Hitchcock never mastered that delicate balance between comedy and suspense as perfectly as silent comedian Harold Lloyd. Learning his craft carefully and consciously, he discovered that scaring the audience put them in an emotional pressure cooker, intensifying their reaction to a good gag. When the two effects were mixed expertly, by someone who … Continue reading Nail-biting Laughter: My Blu-ray review of Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!
Regular readers know that I'm a fan of digital projection--not only for today's movies but classics, as well. But I'm not a fundamentalist. Digital has its downsides. And one of those downsides is the number of great motion pictures now unavailable in any decent theatrical format--digital or otherwise. More and more classics are becoming available … Continue reading One Downside of Digital Projection
DocFest continues this week and beyond. You'll find my totally non-fiction festival recommendations and warnings at the bottom of this newsletter. A On the Town, Cerrito, Thursday, 7:00. Three sailors arrive in New York for a 24-hour leave. That’s precious little time to see the sights, drink in the atmosphere, and fall in love. What … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 7 – 13
I've previewed three films that will screen at the upcoming Frameline LGBT film festival. Here's what I thought of them: B The Campaign By following a handful of organizers and volunteers, this documentary provides a close and intimate look at the unsuccessful campaign to defeat Proposition 8. But aside from some brief historical context, The … Continue reading Frameline LGBT Festival Preview