Harold Lloyd's last silent comedy, Speedy, delivers the laughs and thrills that we expect from the comic genius. As an additional bonus, it provides substantial views of New York City in the roaring 20s--much of it shot on location. The pace is as fast as you'd expect from a movie called Speedy. But Lloyd's only … Continue reading Baseball, NYC, & Harold Lloyd: Speedy, the Blu-ray Review
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No festivals this week. But the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission opens Thursday with a movie you're probably aware of--even if you couldn't care less: Star Wars VII: The Franchise Awakens…or something like this. Unlike that big event, here are some movies I have opinions about: B+ Hitchcock/Truffaut, Opera Plaza, Shattuck, Rafael, opens Friday This is … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 11 – 17
I've heard a lot of good things lately about Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a small chain of movie theaters that screen independent and Hollywood fare, classics, and cult movies. The chain has a reputation for first-class projection, excellent food, a strictly enforced no-talking or texting policy, and (as the name Drafthouse suggests) good beer. I've been … Continue reading A trip around the San Francisco’s newly-restored New Mission Theater, to be run by Alamo Drafthouse
B+ Documentary Directed by Kent Jones We start with narrative, fiction film--not one film, but the body of work from one of cinema's great masters. Then a brilliant young filmmaker, influenced by the master, turns that body of work into a book--a study of filmmaking. It becomes a classic. Decades later, long after both filmmakers … Continue reading Hitchcock/Truffaut: From film to book to film
A lot of people hate Frank Capra's most famous film, It's a Wonderful Life. They find it cloying, manipulative, and unbearably sentimental. After all, it finishes with what's probably the happiest happy ending in the history of Hollywood happy endings. But I disagree. Yes, that ending lays on the Christmas cheer and milk of human … Continue reading A+ List: It’s a Wonderful Life
I spent this Saturday at the Castro, where the San Francisco Silent Film Festival ran a one-day festival called--appropriately enough--A Day of Silents. They showed five programs, each with live musical accompaniment. The Black Pirate The festival got off to a slow start due to technical problems. The first movie, The Black Pirate, started more … Continue reading My Saturday: A whole lot of silent films at the Castro