In festival news, SF IndieFest continues through this week and beyond. And the Mostly British Film Festival opens Thursday. C- Where To Invade Next, Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, Piedmont, California (Berkeley), opens Friday No, Michael Moore is not attacking American imperialism. Instead, he visits the sort of countries we don't go to war with–wealthy democracies … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 12 – 18
C- Comedy, documentary, mockumentary Written and directed by Michael Moore The press material for Where to Invade Next insists on calling Michael Moore's latest agitprop movie a comedy, and not a documentary. This is odd because, although it's for the most part non-fiction, it's not all that funny. It has its comic moments. A few … Continue reading Where to invade next
I've been busy and sick lately, and therefore haven't caught many new movies. But this past weekend, my wife and I managed to get to Berkeley's California Theater twice, where we saw Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa and the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! Both are worth catching, although for very different reasons. Anomalisa Early on, I wondered … Continue reading Quick thoughts: Anomalisa & Hail, Caesar!
I haven't had much time to work on this blog lately, but here's a quick note on some coming attractions. Honoring cinematographers Two great cinematographers, Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond, passed away within three days of each other as 2015 turned into 2016. So it's appropriate that the Castro will screen four double bills highlighting … Continue reading Upcoming in February
Only one festival this week. SF IndieFest opens it's two-week run Thursday. The Roxie's Mad Men Weekend--four films over three days--doesn't quite qualify as a film festival, but it comes close. The films, all made in the 50s and 60s, allegedly influenced Matthew Weiner's television drama. Serena Bramble, author of Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion, will … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 5 – 11