Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Magnificent Ambersons, Waking Life, The Newton Boys, Hot Water

Orson Welles' ruined masterpiece, Harold Lloyd at his worst, and good and bad movies by Richard Linklater. A- The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Newly purchased Blu-ray Orson Well's follow-up to Citizen Kane just might have been a masterpiece. RKO took the film away from Welles, cut out about a third, and added a horribly happy ending. But … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Magnificent Ambersons, Waking Life, The Newton Boys, Hot Water

Two drinking holidays in the same week: St. Patrick’s Day & Purim

St. Patrick's Day lands on March 17 of the Gregorian calendar. Purim lands on Adar 15 of the Jewish calendar. They're only days apart this year. Traditionally, people tend to get plastered on these days. Throughout 2019, I'll be writing articles about holidays and the most appropriate movies to help get into the festive mode. … Continue reading Two drinking holidays in the same week: St. Patrick’s Day & Purim

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Bohemian Rhapsody, Hangmen Also Die, & School Ties

Three more movies that I saw just because I wanted to see them. A- Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), New Parkway, Theater 1 The Freddie Mercury Story (as this film would have been called in the 1950s) plays out as a relatively conventional rock star biopic. The protagonist (played by Rami Malek) finds and joins an existing band, … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Bohemian Rhapsody, Hangmen Also Die, & School Ties

What’s Screening: March 1 – 7 (this time for real)

Not much going on in Bay Area movie theaters this week. But we do have two new films, a curious double bill, an early western, and three film festivals. Festivals The East Bay Jewish Film Festival continues through this week and beyond. Read my preview. The Dynamation Celebration honors animation wizard Ray Harryhausen. It starts … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 1 – 7 (this time for real)