My Thoughts on Night of the Living Dead

Tuesday night, in the seasonal holiday spirit, I finally saw the original Night of the Living Dead. It really is one of the greatest horror films ever made. This is fear without compromise. The terror and suspense never let up. There's absolutely no room for a happy ending. The slow, nearly unstoppable ghouls (no one … Continue reading My Thoughts on Night of the Living Dead

American Epic With an Unblinking Eye: My Review of 12 Years a Slave

A Historical drama Written by John Ridley, based on the memoir by Solomon Northup Directed by Steve McQueen Painful, frightening, outrageous, lyrical, beautiful, and terrifying despite the happy ending promised in the title, 12 Years a Slave reminds you of what cinema is supposed to be about. This is easily the best new film I've … Continue reading American Epic With an Unblinking Eye: My Review of 12 Years a Slave

Young, Gay, Jewish, Talented, and Out of Control: My Review of Kill Your Darlings

A Drama Written by Austin Bunn and John Krokidas Directed by John Krokidas Interesting how Indiewood has embraced the beats lately--especially Allen Ginsberg. Depending on how you look at it, Kill Your Darlings is the second or third feature about Ginsberg in the space of just over three years. First there was Howl, about Ginsberg … Continue reading Young, Gay, Jewish, Talented, and Out of Control: My Review of Kill Your Darlings

What’s Screening: October 25 – 31

The United Nations Association Film Festival continues through Sunday. No other festivals this week. I've moved Halloween-oriented events to the bottom of this newsletter. B+ The Trials of Muhammad Ali,Opera Plaza, California (Berkeley), opens Friday. A well-made documentary about a great subject, The Trials of Muhammad Ali looks at a man who is arguably the … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 25 – 31

Coming Attractions at the Castro, PFA and Stanford

Note: This article has been altered since I first posted it. I corrected some typos and misspellings.  I always feel a little guilty (not too much) going to a movie on a beautiful summer day. But the guilt evaporates in November. So let's look at what's coming up at the Castro, Stanford,  and the Pacific … Continue reading Coming Attractions at the Castro, PFA and Stanford

What’s Screening: October 18 – 24

The United Nations Association Film Festival opened last night (sorry, I missed it in last week's newsletter) and runs through the 27th. Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich / SF opens today and plays through the weekend. I've placed Festival capsules at the bottom of this newsletter.C+ Zaytoun, Opera Plaza, Shattuck, Rafael, opens Friday. A Palestinian boy … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 18 – 24