One more quick thought about Interstellar

This didn't get into my original review of Interstellar, but I wanted to share it anyway. In the much less ambitious but far more enjoyable sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day (from 1996), evil aliens attack Earth with the intention to wipe out the human race and make our planet their own. Their motive: They mistreated their … Continue reading One more quick thought about Interstellar

Physics Saturday: Interstellar and The Theory of Everything

I saw two very different movies on Saturday, but both were about physics. Well, sort of. Physics and fiction don't blend together unless you can work in suspense, romance, tragedy, horrible diseases, and special effects. Although one movie is a big, expensive Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, and the other a British Indiewood biopic, their titles are … Continue reading Physics Saturday: Interstellar and The Theory of Everything

What’s Screening: November 28 – December 4

No festivals this week. But we do have some movies. B+ The Cranes Are Flying, Pacific Film Archive, Friday, 5:30. War has a nasty way to interfering with true love. This sweet Russian story of young lovers separated by The Great Patriotic War (AKA World War II) never comes off as Soviet propaganda (it was … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 28 – December 4

Birdman, Dear White People, & Citizenfour–new movies I’ve seen recently

Here are three new films I caught in theaters recently. A- Birdman Michael Keaton plays a has-been movie star hoping to gain artistic respectability by writing, directing, and performing in a Broadway play. But as he goes through rehearsals and previews, everything seems to be spinning out of control. What's more, he either has supernatural … Continue reading Birdman, Dear White People, & Citizenfour–new movies I’ve seen recently

What’s Screening: November 21 – 27

The end-of-the-year film festival draught approaches. A lot of festivals ended last week. Only three are still running, and they'll close before Thanksgiving. New Italian Cinema continues through Sunday The Chinese American Film Festival continues through Tuesday And The French Had A Name For It: comes back in a Redux version, opening today and running … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 21 – 27