What’s Screening: February 26 – March 3

The San Francisco's Jewish Film Institute's one-day WinterFest opens and closes Saturday. And for those of you in the south bay, Cinequest opens Tuesday. The Oscars screen Sunday evening. If you want to watch the silly extravaganza with other people in a movie theater, here are your options. (For what it's worth, the Academy is … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 26 – March 3

A+ list: McCabe and Mrs. Miller (and Lawrence of Arabia)

I visited the Castro Sunday afternoon to see my all-time favorite Robert Altman film, McCabe and Mrs. Miller. (It was on a double bill with the Woody Guthrie biopic, Bound for Glory, which I saw long ago and didn't care for. I skipped it this time.) For its daring rethinking of the western genre, it's … Continue reading A+ list: McCabe and Mrs. Miller (and Lawrence of Arabia)

The Martian and Dolby 3D

I attended another press screening at Dolby Labs Thursday night, and once again, it was all about a man left for dead in inhospitable territory. Only this time, instead of The Revenant, I saw The Martian. And just like last week, I'll tell you about the movie, then a bit about the technology. As you … Continue reading The Martian and Dolby 3D

What’s Screening: February 19 – 25

We have two film festivals this week. Both the SF IndieFest and the Mostly British Film Festival close Thursday. Festival screenings are at the end of this newsletter. A Anomalisa, New Parkway, opens Friday This animated drama about a one-night stand could not possibly have worked with live action. Animation helps us experience the world … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 19 – 25

The Revenant and Dolby Atmos

I attended a special screening at Dolby Labs Thursday night of The Revenant, where the movie's Oscar-nominated audio mix could be played back in the full glory of Dolby Atmos. I'll tell you about The Revenant, and also about Atmos. In that difficult-to-find point where cinema technology merges into cinema art, The Revenant feels like … Continue reading The Revenant and Dolby Atmos