What’s Screening: January 29 – February 4

We've got two festivals this week, but both close Sunday: Noir City and the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival. But only three days later, the Pacific Film Archive will open again for business in its new digs. B- 45 Years, Embarcadero Center, Shattuck, Aquarius, Rafael, opens Friday Not much happens in Andrew Haigh's chamber drama … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 29 – February 4

An old marriage feels the strain in 45 Years

B- Relationship drama Written and directed by Andrew Haigh From a short story by David Constantine The English seem to pride themselves on staying calm. Consider the country's primary myth: King Arthur and His Round Table. It's about a monarch who's too polite to bring up the little problem of his wife shagging his best … Continue reading An old marriage feels the strain in 45 Years

Marriage, alienation, and Alfred Hitchcock: Why Rear Window belongs on my A+ list

You hardly notice the knot growing in your stomach. The glamorous movie stars on the screen are doing little more than talking as they try to work out whether or not there has been a murder. Slowly you begin to realize, long before they do, that they're putting themselves in danger. Your hand starts squeezing … Continue reading Marriage, alienation, and Alfred Hitchcock: Why Rear Window belongs on my A+ list

Sunday Classical Music Noir Citys

Sunday's Noir City was all about classical musicians; dark, evil, down-and-dirty classical musicians. Well, not quite. Humoresque Talent isn't enough to make you a great musician. You need to work hard. You have to devote yourself to your art. And you have to sleep with Joan Crawford. In Humoresque, John Garfield plays a brilliant young … Continue reading Sunday Classical Music Noir Citys

Rear Window and Noir City Opening Night

Friday night I came the Castro for opening night of this year's Noir City festival. They were screening one of my all-time favorites, Rear Window, along with the obscure Public Eye from 1992. After grabbing my seat in the 3rd row, I went upstairs to the mezzanine, where I examined the bookstore table. The covers … Continue reading Rear Window and Noir City Opening Night