What’s Screening: September 20 – 26

This week in Bay Area theaters: Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery save Alcatraz. Teenage vampires and a hammy Shakespearean reduce the population. Silent builders put up a rickety shack and the Taj Mahal. And Peter Bogdanovich closes the last picture show. Plus four film festivals. Festivals The Oakland International Film Festival opened yesterday (sorry, I … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 20 – 26

More films to catch (or miss) at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Here are my opinions on four more films that will screen at the Mill Valley Film Festival, in order of quality. A- Sorry We Missed You Imagine a food that you absolutely hate, but you eat it anyway because it's good for you. That's the experience of seeing Ken Loach's grim but necessary attack on … Continue reading More films to catch (or miss) at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Support Your Local Sheriff: Little-known gem now on Blu-ray

I wrote an article a couple of years ago about Forgotten Laughs - comedies that are worth watching, but never attained classic status. I overlooked Support Your Local Sheriff from 1969, which is now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Mel Brooks, and … Continue reading Support Your Local Sheriff: Little-known gem now on Blu-ray

What’s Screening: September 13 – 19

In Bay Area movie theaters this week: Molly Ivins, struggling in San Francisco, great music from the '70, Art House Theater Day, and films by Billy Wilder, Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Downey Sr., and J.J. Abrams. But only one film festival. Festivals Indie Shorts opens today and closes Sunday The Week's Big Event Art House Theater … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 13 – 19

Films you may want to catch at the Mill Valley Film

The Filipino war on drugs, failed justice in rural Alabama, an aging filmmaker, and documentaries on one of the worst, and one of the best, men in recent American history. Here's my opinions on five films that will screen at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. A Watch List The Philippines' outrageously inhuman war on … Continue reading Films you may want to catch at the Mill Valley Film

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Let the Sunshine In, The Chaperone, & The Miracle Woman

I didn't see any of these movies at a film festival. They weren't sent to me for review. Unfortunately, I didn't see any of them in theaters. But here's what I think about them. A- Let the Sunshine In (2017) Netflix Blu-ray This Claire Denis film opens with a fairly explicit, but not very erotic … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Let the Sunshine In, The Chaperone, & The Miracle Woman

Revisiting the original Star Wars trilogy

When we talk about films that significantly influenced cinema, we generally mention classics like Citizen Kane and Rashomon. But the real big influences were surprise commercial hits such as The Jazz Singer, This is Cinerama, and, yes, the original Star Wars. These influences, of course, weren't always for the better. You could argue that Star … Continue reading Revisiting the original Star Wars trilogy