What’s Screening: August 30 – September 5

No festivals this week. B+ Thérèse, Opera Plaza, Shattuck, opens Friday. In the late 1920s, Thérèse (Audrey Tautou of Amélie) marries the rich and conservative Bernard. It’s a good match economically, but she almost immediately regrets the loveless and stifling relationship. When Bernard blocks his younger sister (Anaïs Demoustier of Living on Love Alone) from … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 30 – September 5

What’s Screening: August 23 – 29

No festivals this week. But I'm placing three Hitchcock 9 films at the bottom of the newsletter. B+ Flesh and the Devil, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday, 7:30. A silly story, but a sexy one, well-told. I’ll skip the plot, and just tell you that it’s about friendship, young love, uncontrollable lust, and the … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 23 – 29

Laughing at Hitler: My Blu-ray review of To Be or Not to Be

The Nazis conquered Poland with frightening speed. But they prove no match for  Carol Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst Lubitsch's World War II comic masterpiece, available on Blu-ray August 27 from Criterion. Lombard and Benny play a married pair of egotistical stars of the Warsaw stage, heading a theatrical troupe of slightly lesser egos. … Continue reading Laughing at Hitler: My Blu-ray review of To Be or Not to Be

My Thoughts on Fruitvale Station

My wife and I visited the Cerrito Thursday night to catch Fruitvale Station. It was a strong, harrowing tale that I won't likely forget soon. You may know Alfred Hitchcock's theory on time bombs in movies. If the audience knows that there's a time bomb under the table, everything that anyone sitting at that table … Continue reading My Thoughts on Fruitvale Station

What’s Screening: August 9 – 15

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, although no longer in San Francisco, continues to play elsewhere in the Bay Area through Monday. And the day after it closes, the Turkish Film Festival starts its three-day run. As usual, festival screenings are at the bottom of this newsletter. B+ Prince Avalanche, Opera Plaza, Shattuck, opens Friday. … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 9 – 15