What’s Screening: April 25 – May 1

The San Francisco International Film Festival dominates this week (and next) for Bay Area cinephiles. I placed my SFIFF capsules at the bottom of this newsletter. But even if you eschew the Festival, there's plenty to see: A- Teenage, Opera Plaza, Shattuck, opens Friday. Using a combination of archival footage and dramatic recreations, Matt Wolf’s … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 25 – May 1

What’s Screening: April 18 – 24

The Tiburon Intl. Film Festival closes today (although, according to their schedule, their last screening was yesterday). The big one (or at least one of the two big ones), the San Francisco International Film Festival, opens Thursday. B+ The Lost Boys, New Parkway, Thursday, 9:15. This clever and funny--and even occasionally scary--teenage vampire movie was … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 18 – 24

SFIFF Preview

So far, I've managed to preview three films that will screen at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. Here's what I thought of them. A Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy I believe this is the first feature film adapted from a real-life Twitter feed. The title character (Patcha Poonpiriya) is a disturbed and spontaneous … Continue reading SFIFF Preview

The UC Theatre to be born again (but not as a movie house)

According to a Berkeleyside article by  Frances Dinkelspiel, the UC Theatre is coming back to life. That's the good news. The bad new--admittedly from my personal perspective--is that it's not going to show movies. For 25 years, the UC Theatre was my favorite temple to the cinematic arts. I saw hundreds of films there, from … Continue reading The UC Theatre to be born again (but not as a movie house)

What’s Screening: April 11 – 17

The Tiburon International Film Festival  continues through the week. A+ City Lights, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday, 7:30. Charlie Chaplin's Birthday. In Charlie Chaplin’s most perfect comedy, the little tramp falls in love with a blind flower girl and befriends a suicidal, alcoholic millionaire, but neither of them know the real Charlie. The result … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 11 – 17