Russian Ark & Buena Vista Social Club: Saturday night at the Pacific Film Archive

I saw Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark and Wim Wender's Buena Vista Social Club Saturday night at the Pacific Film Archive. The first film was part of the ongoing series Guided Tour: Museums in Cinema. The second one closed the long-running series Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road. But they had an interesting thing in common. … Continue reading Russian Ark & Buena Vista Social Club: Saturday night at the Pacific Film Archive

The Phantom Boy doesn’t quite come together

C+ Animated family-oriented fantasy crime thriller Written by Alain Gagnol Directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli Eleven-year-old Leo is very sick. He's in the hospital, will be for months, and he may not survive. But he has a superpower. His spirit can leave his body, fly through walls, and see and hear everything around … Continue reading The Phantom Boy doesn’t quite come together

Sunday Docs at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

I went to the Castro Sunday afternoon to catch two documentaries screening at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. It wasn't until Monday before I realized what they had in common. Both centered on a very old person. A German Life Brunhilde Pomsel, 103 when she was interviewed for this film, worked as a secretary … Continue reading Sunday Docs at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

What’s Screening: July 22 – 28

We've got five film festivals running this week, along with a lot of very good classic movies. Festivals The (Not Just) Hong Kong Action Film Series continues through July weekends, and also has Wednesday and Thursday screenings this week. The Frozen Film Festival continues through Saturday. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival runs through this … Continue reading What’s Screening: July 22 – 28

Adapting Shakespeare: Ran and Chimes at Midnight

400 years after his death, people still love William Shakespeare. I can think of no other story teller whose works have remained popular so long. His talent, obviously, has a lot to do with it. But so is his adaptability. His plays, written with almost no stage directions, give actors and directors countless interpretations. Most … Continue reading Adapting Shakespeare: Ran and Chimes at Midnight

What’s Screening: July 15 – 21

We've got a ridiculously large selection of great classics screening this week--most of them at the Pacific Film Archive. Festivals The (Not Just) Hong Kong Action Film Series continues Saturday & Sunday The Frozen Film Festival opens Thursday Also opening Thursday: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. You can read my capsule reviews of films … Continue reading What’s Screening: July 15 – 21