A+ List: The Thief of Bagdad (1940 version); also Taxi Driver

Arabian Nights movies seem to have gone out of fashion, and that's probably not much of a loss. Most of them were laughably bad. But a few good ones got made, along with one true masterpiece: Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad. With its loosely-weaved story, poetic dialog, beautiful color design, groundbreaking special effects, and … Continue reading A+ List: The Thief of Bagdad (1940 version); also Taxi Driver

Mill Valley Festival reaches 40 next month with 204 films, & one of them will probably win Best Picture

The Bay Area hosts a ridiculous number of film festivals, but two of them stand above the others: San Francisco International in the spring and Mill Valley in the fall. These are the festivals where you can see the newest independent films before they get a regular theatrical release. More importantly, you can see many … Continue reading Mill Valley Festival reaches 40 next month with 204 films, & one of them will probably win Best Picture

What’s Screening: September 8 – 14

Gangsters, bad marriages, Marlon Brando, a Communist teacher, and the last days of a Japanese film festival hit Bay Area movie screens this week. Festivals The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco continues through Sunday New films opening A Dolores, Opera Plaza, Shattuck, Rafael, opens Friday While Cesar Chavez became famous while creating the United … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 8 – 14