The A+ List: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at the Pacific Film Archive

Sunday night, I attended a screening at the Pacific Film Archive of one of my favorite western's, John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--another film on my A+ list [URL changed 12/14/2015] of movies that I've loved dearly for decades. The PFA screened it as part of the series Cinema According to Víctor Erice. In … Continue reading The A+ List: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at the Pacific Film Archive

Early DeMille and early Tarkovsky: Saturday at the movies

I saw two different movies at two very different theaters on Saturday. The Cheat at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum I not only attended this screening. I was part of it. I introduced this 1915 Cecil B. DeMille melodrama at the Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival. Among major American auteurs, DeMille stands alone as something … Continue reading Early DeMille and early Tarkovsky: Saturday at the movies

What’s Screening: June 26 – July 2

Two film festivals this week: Frameline, our LGBTQ festival, closes its long running on Sunday. Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival opens today (Friday) and runs through the weekend. B+ The Cheat, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday, 12:30 Cecil B. Demille's darkly erotic melodrama of lust, greed, and conspicuous consumption was way ahead of its time--especially … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 26 – July 2

The A+ List: 8½ (also Children of Paradise & City Lights)

Getting back to my list of all-time favorite films--the near-perfect masterpieces that I've loved for decades. In strict alphabetical order, the next movie on my list is Marcel Carné's love letter to France and the theater, Children of Paradise. But I've written about it twice already, so you can read my appreciation and my Blu-ray … Continue reading The A+ List: 8½ (also Children of Paradise & City Lights)

What’s Screening: June 19 – 25

In festival news, Frameline continues through this week. But, in a push against Frameline, Outside the Frame opens today and runs through Sunday. No, it's not a Republican homophobic festival, but one that "challenges Frameline's complicity with Israeli apartheid," under the banner "Queers for Palestine." B Akeelah and the Bee, Roxie, Sunday, 10:30am A talent for … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 19 – 25