This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival announced

Tuesday evening, the California Film Institute officially announced the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival. This is one of the two really big film festivals in the Bay Area (the other being the San Francisco International Film Festival). Because of the late summer/early fall dates, Mill Valley tends to get a lot of the better Indiewood … Continue reading This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival announced

What’s Screening: September 11 – 17

No festival-free days this week. The California Independent Film Festival continues through Wednesday. And the day after that, the San Francisco Irish Film Festival opens. A Nashville, Castro, Thursday For an all-too-brief time in the 1970s, the Hollywood studios financed and released serious art, including Robert Altman's Nashville. It follows a whole lot of people--all … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 11 – 17

What’s Screening: September 4 – 10

The California Independent Film Festival, which I just found out about this week, opens on Thursday. Here's what else is going on. A Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Embarcadero, California (Berkeley), opens Friday Director Alex Gibney starts this multifaceted documentary with a difficult question: Why did so many people who never met Steve … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 4 – 10

Four nights at the movies: The Crowd, Preston Sturges, a Teenage Girl, & 2 Noirs

I managed to see four feature films theatrically in the last four nights--plus another on television. Sunday: The Crowd My wife and I, along with another couple, went to the Castro to see one of the greatest silent films ever made, and arguably the most difficult American masterpiece to see, King Vidor's The Crowd. I've … Continue reading Four nights at the movies: The Crowd, Preston Sturges, a Teenage Girl, & 2 Noirs