Richard Gere, Guillermo del Toro, and the rest of this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival

This year's San Francisco International Film Festival officially launched at a San Francisco press conference Tuesday morning. It opens Thursday, April 23 with Alex Gibney’s tech documentary, Steve Jobs: the Man In the Machine. Two Thursdays later, on May 7, it will close with Experimenter, a history-based drama about psychologist Stanley Milgram, who did some … Continue reading Richard Gere, Guillermo del Toro, and the rest of this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival

The 50-hour science fiction movie marathon

I promised back in 2012 to tell you about the 50-hour science fiction marathon. As we just passed the 40th anniversary of the event, I think the time has come. For more than two days in March, 1957 1975, I sat with hundreds of other crazy people and watched 25 feature motion pictures starring aliens, … Continue reading The 50-hour science fiction movie marathon

Silent Film Festival announced

With live music, great movies, knowledgeable guests, and enthusiastic audiences, and all set in the beautiful Castro Theater, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is easily one of the best movie-going experiences that the Bay Area has to offer. And this intense, silent movie immersion experience is getting longer. This year, the festival is expanding … Continue reading Silent Film Festival announced

What’s Screening: March 27 – April 2

The Sonoma International Film Festival runs Through Sunday, which is the only day for the Albany Film Festival. B The Wrecking Crew, Opera Plaza, Rafael, Shattuck, opens Friday. Now you can meet the artists behind the addictive riffs on “Da Doo Ron Ron,” "California Dreamin’," and the theme music for Mission: Impossible. This mostly entertaining … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 27 – April 2

The Wrecking Crew: The hidden heroes of rock ‘n’ roll (my review)

B Music documentary Directed by Denny Tedesco Who supplied the addictive riffs on “Da Doo Ron Ron,” "California Dreamin'," “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and the theme music for Mission: Impossible? Despite what it says on the LP sleeves, much of the inspiration came from an unsung collection of Los Angeles session musicians informally called The … Continue reading The Wrecking Crew: The hidden heroes of rock ‘n’ roll (my review)