John Ford’s The Long Voyage Home at the Pacific Film Archive

John Ford directed seven films in the three years preceding Pearl Harbor. That in itself wasn't so remarkable in the days of studio assembly lines. But the quality of those seven show the power of a mature artist at his height. They include Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, Young Mr. Lincoln, and How Green Was … Continue reading John Ford’s The Long Voyage Home at the Pacific Film Archive

Life at the gym through young eyes: My review of The Fits

A- Doesn't fit any genre Written by Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis, and Lisa Kjerulff Directed by Anna Rose Holmer This impossible-to-categorize narrative film shows us the world of a public, inner-city gym through the eyes of the teenagers and pre-teens who use it. Specifically, we see it through the eyes of Toni (Royalty Hightower). … Continue reading Life at the gym through young eyes: My review of The Fits

Spellbound with music: Surviving and enjoying the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Nothing really beats the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. For three days (plus an opening night), you're immersed in an art form that was born, matured, reached extraordinary heights, and then suddenly died--all within the space of 20 to 40 years (depending on how to you define its birth and death). All told, this year's … Continue reading Spellbound with music: Surviving and enjoying the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival