The Problem With Hollywood Today

I don't like talking about "The Good Old Days." Things change, and in the cinematic art--so heavily dependent on technology and money--they change a lot. In some ways, things are always improving. In others, they're inevitably getting worse. But consider these films: The Crowd Citizen Kane Bonnie and Clyde 2001: A Space Odyssey Midnight Cowboy … Continue reading The Problem With Hollywood Today

What’s Screening: July 26 – August 1

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues through the week. The Brainwash Movie Festival reopens for tonight and Saturday night. And the Japan Film Festival opens Saturday and runs through to next week. As usual, I've placed festival events at the bottom of the newsletter. But first, a re-evaluation of a film that I returned … Continue reading What’s Screening: July 26 – August 1

Silent Film Festival Report: Sunday

Kings of (Silent) Comedy Of course it was funny. There was really no question about it. This was my first chance seeing "Mighty Like a Moose" and "The Immigrant" on the big screen, and both were wonderful that way. The cartoon, "Felix Goes West," wasn't of the same quality, but it delivered enough laugh to … Continue reading Silent Film Festival Report: Sunday

SF Silent Film Festival Report: Saturday

This was an exceptionally exhausting day at the festival. I saw five programs, and lacked the stamina for a sixth. Windsor McCay, His Life and Art Animation historian John Canemaker narrated this entertaining lecture/film presentation on the work of the brilliant cartoonist, vaudeville performer, and animation pioneer Windsor McCay. The presentation covered his ground-breaking comic … Continue reading SF Silent Film Festival Report: Saturday

SF Silent Film Festival, Saturday Report

Amazing Tales from the Archive First, Robert Byrne of the Festival discussed the restoration of The Half Breed, the 1916 Douglas Fairbanks feature that will have its restoration premiere Saturday. He and his team had to work with three different, incomplete prints, most from questionable sources. Byrne divided his talk into three categories: Continuity: Trying … Continue reading SF Silent Film Festival, Saturday Report