Sundance Film Festival 2015 Award-Winning Shorts

A- Selection of shorts A dystopian future, war-torn screen tests, scuba diving under ice, and a sexually-frustrated single mom all turn up in this selection of six short subjects that won awards at the 2015 Sundance film festival. I loved five out of the six. World of Tomorrow, Short Film Jury Award a little girl, … Continue reading Sundance Film Festival 2015 Award-Winning Shorts

A+ List: The Kid Brother (also Jaws)

When people talk about the masterpieces of silent comedy, they usually name The Gold Rush, The General, and City Lights. If they bring up Harold Lloyd at all, they'll praise Safety Last or The Freshman. To my mind, Lloyd's The Kid Brother belongs with the best. It earns that right by its irresistible story, its … Continue reading A+ List: The Kid Brother (also Jaws)

How Many Films are Still Shot on Film: The 2015 Edition

How many theatrical features are still shot on old-fashioned film? More than you might expect. According to my very casual survey, about 29 percent of this year's films that could reasonably have been shot on film were shot on film. That's actually more than the last time I did this survey, back in March. When … Continue reading How Many Films are Still Shot on Film: The 2015 Edition

What’s Screening: December 25 – 31

No film festivals this week, but there are still a whole lot of theaters screening Star Wars: The Force Awakens (I have tickets for this Thursday). Here are some other films screening around the Bay this week. A- Spotlight, Piedmont, Shattuck, already playing A quartet of dogged and determined journalists at the Boston Globe blows … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 25 – 31

The Hateful Eight and the Return of Ultra Panavision 70

I really don't know what to do about Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. On one hand, I'm a total geek over historic film formats, so I can't help but be excited about the first film shot in Ultra Panavision 70 in nearly 50 years. On the other hand, it's a film by Quentin … Continue reading The Hateful Eight and the Return of Ultra Panavision 70