The Interview at the New Parkway (Spoiler: The theater didn’t blow up)

I haven't written anything yet about The Interview and its assorted release problems. Why should I? Everyone else has already written about it. Besides, I was on vacation. Now I'm back. Sunday night, my wife and I saw Kim Jong Un's least favorite movie at the New Parkway. Perhaps it was a case of lowered … Continue reading The Interview at the New Parkway (Spoiler: The theater didn’t blow up)

Harold and Maude–Still funny and inspiring after all these years

The 1971 comedy Harold and Maude fit the late hippy era as perfectly as Pink Floyd and the munchies. At a time when young Americans were embracing non-conformity, free love, ecstatic joy, and 40-year-old Marx Brothers movies, this counterculture romance between an alienated and death-obsessed young man and an almost 80-year-old woman made total sense. … Continue reading Harold and Maude–Still funny and inspiring after all these years

What’s Screening: December 26 – January 1

No festivals this week, but I do have a disclaimer: I wrote this newsletter a week early in order to give myself some vacation time. I may miss some screenings, or include some that have since been postponed. A Metropolis,Thursday, 7:30. The first important science fiction feature film still strikes a considerable visual punch, and … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 26 – January 1

Die Hard: Even Better on the Big Screen

Sunday afternoon, I finally saw Die Hard in a movie theater. And not just any movie theater, but the Castro. I've liked this movie for a long time. But between the big screen, the powerful sound system, and the enthusiastic audience, it was a whole new experience. And a great experience. I used to give … Continue reading Die Hard: Even Better on the Big Screen

What’s Screening: December 19 – 25

The only festival this week is  A Coppola Family Affair, a weekend-long celebration of films by Francis and his family. I'm placing the Coppola movies at the bottom of this newsletter. C+ Pioneer, Opera Plaza, starts Friday. Early in this Norwegian thriller, a professional deep-sea diver—who is also a loving husband and father–tells his brother … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 19 – 25