What’s Screening: September 30 – October 6

Tarantino, King Kong, Mozart, and some early Halloween treats this week in Bay Area screenings. Also two new films and the opening of this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. Festivals The CM SF Latino Film Festival closes Saturday The fall's big show, the Mill Valley Film Festival, opens Thursday night with several films that will … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 30 – October 6

Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 2

Here are five more films (mostly documentaries) that will screen at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. As usual, they're in order from best to worst. A Circus Kid Lorenzo Pisoni grew up as part of the Pickle Family Circus--the son of Pickle founder and director Larry Pisoni. It was not a happy childhood. In … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 2

High Noon Blu-ray Review

Small, compact, and brimming with suspense, High Noon feels nothing like the other A westerns of the post-war period--epic movies like Red River, My Darling Clementine, and The Searchers. With its 85-minute runtime and looks-like-every-other-western sets, it feels more like the forgettable B oaters Hollywood was cranking out weekly in those days. But unlike those … Continue reading High Noon Blu-ray Review

A+ List: Singin’ in the Rain (also Some Like It Hot)

You will not learn anything by watching Singin' in the Rain. It will not make you a better person or help you understand the human condition. But for 103 exhilarating minutes, this movie will entertain you like no other. Singin' in the Rain contains several of the best dance routines in film history. And when … Continue reading A+ List: Singin’ in the Rain (also Some Like It Hot)

Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 1

Over the course of this last week, I caught six films that will enjoy their Bay Area premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival. I list them here from best to worst. None of them are really bad, and most of them are very good. All six will have theatrical releases after the Festival, so … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 1