It’s a long time before we can go to the movies, but the New Parkway is trying to do their best

If we lived in New Zealand right now, we could go to the movies. Down under they seem to have this whole COVID-19 thing completely under control. But we're in Trump's America, and I'm talking about something in Oakland: the New Parkway. One of the friendliest movie theaters in the Bay Area, it offers good … Continue reading It’s a long time before we can go to the movies, but the New Parkway is trying to do their best

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: August 7 – 13

Movies by Ron Howard, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Spike Lee, and Jordan Peele streaming this week from your favorite theaters. Bay Area theaters with virtual cinema Balboa BAMPFA Cerrito Elmwood Lark New Mission Rafael Roxie Vogue Special online events B+ Rebuilding Paradise (2020), Balboa, Cerrito, Elmwood, Rafael, Vogue Livestream conversation via the Rafael with producer Xan Parker … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: August 7 – 13

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Star Trek, Yes God Yes, Rocketman, & Niki and Flo

When I started these Movies I've Recently Seen articles, I listed how I saw each movie. The idea is that watching a movie at the Castro was very different from watching it on TV by yourself. But with all the theaters closed, it doesn't really matter if I saw it on Vudu or the Criterion … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Star Trek, Yes God Yes, Rocketman, & Niki and Flo

What a good music teacher can do: River City Drumbeat

B+ Documentary Directed by Marlon Johnson​ Yes, this is another inspiring music documentary, but that's not a bad thing. River City Drumbeat is about African American children getting a leg up in life thanks to a youth drum team. And no, they're not all expected to have great careers as percussionists. But by working in … Continue reading What a good music teacher can do: River City Drumbeat

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