What’s Screening: October 28 – November 3

Silent horror, women-created horror, hole-in-the-head horror, Spanish horror, and even Rocky Horror in this Halloween week's Bay Area screenings. Festivals The United Nations Association Film Festival continues through Sunday. I didn't find out about Horrific Women--Female Directors Killin' It in time to list it last week, but I have it now. Another Hole in the … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 28 – November 3

The Handmaiden: Too long for its own good

B- Erotic noir Written by Seo-Kyung Chung and Chan-wook Park, from the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters Directed by Chan-wook Park Some films really do need to run well over two hours; others don't. The Handmaiden falls into the latter category. At 80 or 90 minutes, this would have been a really fun movie. But at … Continue reading The Handmaiden: Too long for its own good

Moonlight shines new light on the inner city

A Drama Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney; based on his play Directed by Barry Jenkins Moonlight is the best new American film I've seen this year. With the advantages of a white skin, it's easy to assume certain stereotypes of those on the margins--especially African Americans living in what is now called the inner city. Writer Tarell … Continue reading Moonlight shines new light on the inner city

The Best of the Marx Brothers in one Blu-ray Box

The Marx Brothers used comedy to deflate the pompous and tear down the establishment. They turned respectable, upper-class society into anarchy and surrealism. They also made us laugh. The brothers honed their comedy in vaudeville, jumped to Broadway, and made the leap to Hollywood at the height of the talkie revolution. They made their first … Continue reading The Best of the Marx Brothers in one Blu-ray Box

What’s Screening: October 21 – 27

Harry Potter, Nightmare on Elm Street, My Fair Lady, and six film festivals in this week's Bay Area screenings. Festivals I somehow missed FACINE: The Filipino International Cine Festival, which opened Wednesday. It runs through Saturday. I also didn't know about the United Nations Association Film Festival until Friday morning. It opened last night and will run through the … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 21 – 27

Mill Valley Film Festival and Oscar Predictions

If past is prologue, hundreds of Mill Valley Film Festival attendants have now seen this year's Best Picture Oscar winner. In every year since 2010, that coveted award went to a film that had its Bay Area premiere at Marin's big festival. Whatever it will be, I haven't yet seen this year's winner. Although I've … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival and Oscar Predictions