Frightened rabbits, frightened executives, and people with a good reason to be frightened because they're not white males. And they're all on Bay Area screens this week. Also, two film festivals. Festivals The Albany Filmfest opens Saturday and runs through the week and beyond The Sonoma International Film Festival opens Wednesday and runs into the … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 16 – 22
A- Comedic drama Written by Atsuko Hirayanagi, from the short film by Boris Frumin and Atsuko Hirayanagi Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi In Tokyo, a middle-aged woman lives a life of quiet desperation. Then she attends a class in American English and finds herself attracted to her outgoing and handsome teacher. When the teacher suddenly and … Continue reading California and Japan clash in Oh Lucy!
Get ready for a massive injection of cinema. The 61st San Francisco International Film Festival opens April 4 and closes two weeks later on April 17. And you know what that means? For the third year in a row, the SFilm Fest conflicts with Passover. You would think that someone would check a Jewish calendar. The … Continue reading This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival announced
Why would anyone spend up to $40 (MSRP; you can buy it for less) for a Blu-ray of a movie that runs only 15 minutes? There are several good reasons. George Méliès' A Trip to the Moon is not only a fun and imaginative entertainment; it's also one of the most important motion pictures ever … Continue reading Blu-ray review: A Trip to the Moon in many colors and musical scores
Charlie Chaplin's contract with First National turned him from an employee to an independent contractor. He built his own studio, hired his own employees, and financed his own films. First National just handled distribution. Chaplin was required to produce eight movies of two reels or more, over the course the 18 months. It took him … Continue reading Chaplin Diary, Part 8: Early First National
A fish-man double bill, a Thanksgiving dinner of boiled shoe, the smiling children of North Korea, a brilliant inventor disguised as a movie star, the absence of God, and two film festivals grace Bay Area movie theaters this week. Festivals CineQuest is still going on in the south bay, and continues through this week and … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 9 – 15
B+ Documentary Directed by Thomas Lennon How and why do people practice their religions? And how do these religions effect their followers' lives? Thomas Lennon sent some 40 camera crews all over the world to find out. There are no great revelations in this documentary, but it creates a dream-like, meditative state, while allowing you … Continue reading Sacred: Religion from birth to death