What’s Screening: December 2 – 8

As we enter the holiday season, local movie theaters celebrate zombies, killer robots, and violence at a concert. On the other hand, there's Buster Keaton, Quentin Tarantino, Bogart in bandages, and Dolly Parton's best song. And yes, there's a free Christmas movie, too. Festivals & Series The Another Hole in the Head Film Festival continues … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 2 – 8

Movies I’ve recently seen: Quiet on the Western Front ֍ The Decameron ֍ Lady Chatterley’s Lover ֍ His People ֍ Saving Mr. Banks ֍ The Prisoner of Zenda

Here are six films I hadn't seen before my last Recently Seen article. For the most part, they're about war, sex, family, movies, intrigue, and more sex. A- All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) It's about time the German film industry turned Erich Maria Remarque's powerful anti-war novel into a film. Hollywood did it … Continue reading Movies I’ve recently seen: Quiet on the Western Front ֍ The Decameron ֍ Lady Chatterley’s Lover ֍ His People ֍ Saving Mr. Banks ֍ The Prisoner of Zenda

Much Ado About Shakespeare’s Comedy

Who would you expect to direct the better Shakespeare film: Kenneth Branagh or Joss Whedon? Sounds like a stupid question. Branagh is our generation's Laurence Olivier – the man who turns the bard into flesh and blood. Whedon makes sci-fi and runs a production company called Mutant Enemy Productions. Yet Whedon's film of Much Ado About … Continue reading Much Ado About Shakespeare’s Comedy

Keaton, Coen, and Suzuki: Winter movies at BAMPFA

If you're a Bay Area cinephile, you probably know that the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) doesn't just show movies. It shows series of movies. Here are the series that will keep you cinematically warm over the winter. Camera Man: Buster Keaton (Dec 4-21) Sherlock Jr. How much do I love Buster Keaton? My … Continue reading Keaton, Coen, and Suzuki: Winter movies at BAMPFA

What’s leaving Criterion at the end of November

At the end of every month, the Criterion Channel removes a lot of movies from their streaming service (although some return surprisingly fast). Here are only a few of the films that will go away when November disappears. Full recommendations A Deep Cover (1992) Here's an extraordinary film noir from the early 1990s. Laurence Fishburne … Continue reading What’s leaving Criterion at the end of November

Movies I’ve recently seen: Deep Cover ֍ Arabesque ֍ Weird: The Al Yankovic Story ֍ Schizopolis

Drug smuggling, espionage, music parodies, and…um…well, whatever it is. Here are four films I've watchaed recently, from the best to the worst. Click the film's title to see how you can watch it. A Deep Cover (1992) Here's an extraordinary film noir from the early 1990s. Laurence Fishburne stars as a police officer who goes … Continue reading Movies I’ve recently seen: Deep Cover ֍ Arabesque ֍ Weird: The Al Yankovic Story ֍ Schizopolis