What’s Screening: May 27 – June 2

Silent hobos, professional killers, rock stars, and two festivals open this week in Bay Area screenings. Festivals DocFest opens Thursday and runs for two weeks. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival also opens Thursday, but will run only through Sunday. It's a very intense experience. Promising events Almost Famous, Wednesday, 6:30 I haven't seen Cameron … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 27 – June 2

The New Buster Keaton Shorts Collection on Blu-ray

How can anyone describe the beauty, grace, and breathtaking hilarity of Buster Keaton in his silent film prime? An actor, an acrobat, and a brilliant filmmaker, he spent the 1920s making some of the funniest and technically sophisticated comedies ever preserved on film. Since I can't describe him, here's a highlight reel of some of … Continue reading The New Buster Keaton Shorts Collection on Blu-ray

Disability, sexual preferences complicate growing up in remarkable Margarita with a Straw

A Coming of age drama Written and director by Shonali Bose Laila (Kalki Koechlin) has issues that few college students have to deal with. She was born with cerebral palsy, and is confined to a wheelchair. Even writing and talking takes some effort. But in many ways, she's doing surprisingly well. She has friends at … Continue reading Disability, sexual preferences complicate growing up in remarkable Margarita with a Straw

Ascerbic comedy Jane Austin in Love & Friendship

A Period comedy Written by Whit Stillman, based on Jane Austen's novella, Lady Susan Directed by Whit Stillman Pretty much everything is played for laughs in this adaptation of one of Jane Austen's least known works. Nowhere near as romantic as most Austen adaptations, it centers on a manipulative horror of a human being--truly a … Continue reading Ascerbic comedy Jane Austin in Love & Friendship