In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: July 31 – August 6

Fire, vampires, con artists, a murder mystery, and polar bears. But if these don't seem tempting, how about Ella Fitzgerald and Ai Weiwei? Here are a few movies you can stream at home while helping local theaters get by this week. Virtual Festivals The San Francisco Black Film Festival closes Sunday Bay Area theaters with … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: July 31 – August 6

More good than bad in August at the Criterion Channel

If you love great cinema, you really should subscribe to the Criterion Channel. Here you can get your fill of Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Mike Leigh, Atom Egoyan, Yasujiro Ozu, Asghar Farhadi, and so much more. And it's not all serious. Search for comedy, and (as I write this), you'll get 378 results. Throughout August, … Continue reading More good than bad in August at the Criterion Channel

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Frozen, Spite Marriage, & Rancho Notorious

Did you sign up for Disney+ to watch Hamilton? I did and I loved it. I'd seen the play live a few months ago, but I liked it much better on the screen, where I could watch the facial expressions and read the closed captions. The question is: Will I continue with Disney+. Anyway, here … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Frozen, Spite Marriage, & Rancho Notorious

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: July 17 – 23

Jim Jarmusch directs a jailbreak. Ai Weiwei makes art for prisoners of conscience. And Pauline Kael makes sense of it all. Also Jewish and Black film festivals. Virtual Festivals Cinegogue Summer Days continues through Sunday. Read my preview. The San Francisco Black Film Festival continues through August 2 Bay Area theaters with virtual cinema Balboa … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: July 17 – 23