Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Changed Everything

Mike Nichols, Buck Henry, and everyone else involved in The Graduate knew that they were making more than just another romantic comedy. But they didn't know that they were capturing the zeitgeist of their times, creating a cornerstone of film history, and producing one of the biggest box office hits of the decade. Beverly Gray, … Continue reading Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Changed Everything

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Carnival of Souls, Ministry of Fear, Blade Runner 2049, & Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

In which I tell you about a classic, independent horror film, two works by German directors in America, and the sequel everyone is talking about. A- Carnival of Souls (1962), FilmStruck This low-budget horror movie works in some very strange ways. A car goes off a bridge into a deep river, and one sole survivor comes … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Carnival of Souls, Ministry of Fear, Blade Runner 2049, & Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

What’s Screening: October 27 – November 2

Chimps, rats, kids, vampires, a wronged man, a wronged samurai, a psychopathic preacher, big aliens, and a lot of Halloween movies this week in Bay Area movie screens. Also four film festivals. Festivals Modern Cinema closes Sunday The United Nations Association Film Festival also closes Sunday. Another Hole in the Head Film Festival continues through … Continue reading What’s Screening: October 27 – November 2

The Found Footage Festival…the theatrical experience

A multitude of Jesuses. A safe sex video that recommends you use a latex barrier for kissing. Some very unconvincing signs of demonic possession. Being that it's Friday, you're probably expecting my weekly What's Screening newsletter. Don't worry. You'll get it in a few minutes. But first, I must tell you about something I saw … Continue reading The Found Footage Festival…the theatrical experience

Rat Film: War Between the Species

C+ documentary Directed by Theo Anthony Human beings and rats have lived together, seldom harmoniously, since the invention of agriculture. Theo Anthony's documentary examines the eternal battle, focusing on one particular battleground: Baltimore. But it doesn't go very deep into the antagonist relationship. A film like this needs multiple interesting and knowledgeable characters. Rat Film … Continue reading Rat Film: War Between the Species