In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: June 26 – July 2

This week, through closed Bay Area movie theaters and into your home, you've got Stanley Kubrick, Ray Harryhausen, Spike Lee, Charlie Chaplin, Ella Fitzgerald, and some talented artists you've never heard of. And a few conversations over the Internet. Virtual Festivals Frameline continues through Sunday. Read my preview. Charlie Chaplin Days opens today and closes … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: June 26 – July 2

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

A- entertainment documentary Directed by Leslie Woodhead About halfway through this documentary about the great singer, it occurred to me that it has very little performance footage. Seldom do you actually see her moving while she sings. Far more often, especially in the first half of the film, director Leslie Woodhead shows photos of Fitzgerald … Continue reading Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Secrets and Lies, Da 5 Bloods, & The Nutty Professor

A Secrets and Lies (1996), Criterion Channel Mike Leigh's unique way of working with actors brings out the best in everyone in this small story of a family in multiple crises. Maurice is doing well as a photographer; he knows how to bring out a smile among his customers. But he's having trouble with his … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Secrets and Lies, Da 5 Bloods, & The Nutty Professor

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: June 19 – 25

This week you can go Zoom with James Bond or track and field sensation Guor Marial (but watch the movies first). And speaking about movies, here are seven other films available via virtual cinema - mostly documentaries. Also, two film festivals. Virtual Festivals Charlie Chaplin Days opens today. Read my preview. Frameline opens Thursday. I … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: June 19 – 25

LGBTQ & Silent Comedy: Two upcoming virtual festivals

Two annual Bay Area festivals will run in virtual mode in the next two weeks: Frameline Website; Thursday June 25 - Sunday, June 28 In its 44th year, the world's oldest LGBTQ film festival is smaller this year, bringing only 19 feature films, along with shorts, into your living room. To make it more like … Continue reading LGBTQ & Silent Comedy: Two upcoming virtual festivals