To Pixar and Beyond: Animating the business end of filmmaking

You'd expect a book on the history of Pixar to include lots of drawings, models, and frame blowups. But you'll find only words in Lawrence Levy's To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. But then, To Pixar and Beyond is not about animation, design, or storytelling. It's not even … Continue reading To Pixar and Beyond: Animating the business end of filmmaking

What’s Screening: Nov 25 – Dec 1

Warren Beatty, Eddie Murphy, the Marx Brothers, and some great musicians (but no film festivals) in this week's Bay Area screenings. New films opening B+ Rules Don't Apply, Shattuck, opened Wednesday Warren Beatty returns to the director's chair for the first time this century, wringing laughs out of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes. Alden Ehrenreich and … Continue reading What’s Screening: Nov 25 – Dec 1

Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes for laughs in Rules Don’t Apply

B+ Romantic comedy Written and directed by Warren Beatty Story by Beatty and Bo Goldman Don't be fooled by the posters. Rules Don't Apply isn't a thriller. It's a romantic comedy. Warren Beatty returns to the director's chair for the first time this century, wringing laughs out of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes. (He also returns … Continue reading Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes for laughs in Rules Don’t Apply

Brando, Magnini, Powell, Pressburger, the deep South, England & India: Saturday night at the PFA

My wife and I attended two screenings at the Pacific Film Archive Saturday night. This was not a double bill. The Fugitive Kind The PFA series Anna Magnani: Eternal Soul of Italian Cinema just keeps rolling along, and now it's getting into the great Italian actress' American films. This 1960 drama co-starring Marlon Brando was … Continue reading Brando, Magnini, Powell, Pressburger, the deep South, England & India: Saturday night at the PFA

Elle: Very much a Paul Verhoeven movie

B- Mystery/drama Written by David Birke; from the novel by Philippe Djian Directed by Paul Verhoeven Paul Verhoeven's new film, Elle, is silly, tasteless, and unbelievable. And kind of fun to watch. But then, that's what you should expect from the man who made Basic Instinct, Total Recall, and Showgirls. Paul Verhoeven makes strange, violent, disturbingly … Continue reading Elle: Very much a Paul Verhoeven movie

FilmStruck offers great films and poor tech

As soon as I heard about FilmStruck--the new movie-streaming collaboration from Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection--I eagerly waited for it to open its virtual doors. When it went online November 1, I signed up right away. But as my two-week free trial came to an end, technical and web design issues forced me … Continue reading FilmStruck offers great films and poor tech