Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Hillbilly Elegy | Barefoot in the Park | Mystery of the Wax Museum | The Kid from Spain

As usual, I'm listing the films from best to worst, but something strange happened. The older the films got, the worst they got. As a lover of classic cinema, that feels strange. A Hillbilly Elegy (2020) This powerful drama isn't really about hillbillies. They're more like ex-hillbillies. The extremely messed-up family at the center of … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Hillbilly Elegy | Barefoot in the Park | Mystery of the Wax Museum | The Kid from Spain

What’s Screening: January 22 – 28

This week in Bay Area (virtual) movie theaters, we have a discussion on early cinema at the Presidio and a new, independent, animated documentary about sex. Also, on the bill, oldies but goodies from Terry Gilliam, Wong Kar-Wai, and Jackie Chan, along with two film festivals. Festivals For Your Consideration opens Friday and runs for … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 22 – 28

What’s Screening: January 8 – 14

This week in virtual cinema: Film historian Joseph McBride talks about writing biographies, Live Master Pancake talks about sexy killer bee women, other films streaming for theaters, and the close of 2021's first film festival. Festivals The San Francisco Latino Film Festival closes Sunday Special online events Writing Directors' Lives: A Conversation with Joseph McBride, … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 8 – 14

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Elephant Man | Death to 2020 | The Incredible Shrinking Man | Sylvie’s Love | Ocean’s Eleven

I was lucky with the movies I chose to watch over the last couple of weeks. For the most part, they were exceptional. A The Elephant Man (1980) David Lynch makes full use of his first Hollywood-sized budget. Shot in beautiful black and white scope, the sounds and images take you into Victorian London with … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Elephant Man | Death to 2020 | The Incredible Shrinking Man | Sylvie’s Love | Ocean’s Eleven