A+ List: The Godfather Part II

Both Roger Ebert and David Thomson argued that the Godfather films work because we never see the inevitable innocent victims of the Corleones' violence. The only people they kill onscreen are other criminals--usually those bent on killing them. But that argument only works if you assume that young, female sex workers don't count as innocent … Continue reading A+ List: The Godfather Part II

What’s Screening: August 28 – September 3

No festivals this week. But a very, very special event happening Sunday: A+ The Crowd, Castro, Sunday, 7:00 If you get to one movie this week, this is the screening you should attend! A young man comes to New York, dreaming of success and wealth. But reality refuses to live up to his dreams–perhaps because … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 28 – September 3

The A+ List: The Godfather

The Godfather tricks you into rooting for some very bad people. You accept the Corleones because they love each other as family, and because they are ruled over by a seemingly fair, loving, generous, and successful patriarch. That patriarch, Don Vito Corleone, helps the community, plays with kittens and his grandchildren, and reminds his reckless … Continue reading The A+ List: The Godfather

The A+ List: The General (and The Gold Rush)

The Gold Rush and The General are, by widely considered the two great masterpieces of silent comedy. Walter Kerr called them epic comedies. Both films easily make my A+ list [12/14/2015: URL changed]. For a film to earn that grade, it must be the perfect embodiment of its genre or stand beyond genre. It must be at … Continue reading The A+ List: The General (and The Gold Rush)

What’s Screening: August 14 – 20

The Japan Film Festival continues through Sunday. A Apu Trilogy, Lark, various dates throughout the week (details below) Epic in scope, Satyajit Ray's three-film masterwork follows the life of poverty-born Apu from birth through young adulthood. None of the films has a plot in the conventional sense, but they all brim with drama, laughter, joy, … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 14 – 20