What’s Screening: January 17 – 23

What's in Bay Area outhouse cinemas this week? A hilarious disaster. A real and tragic disaster. And movies by Spielberg, Forman, Fellini, Lumet, Keaton, and Varda. But no film festivals. The Week's Big Event A Airplane! 40th anniversary, Castro, Sunday, 3:00They're flying on instruments, blowing the autopilot, and translating English into Jive. So, win one … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 17 – 23

Fritz Lang and David Lynch: Saturday at BAMPFA

I spent Saturday at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), watching three movies I'd never seen before. Fritz Lang's Indian Epic The day started with two Fritz Lang action flicks, The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb. These are two movies the way Kill Bill are two movies. It's one story, with the … Continue reading Fritz Lang and David Lynch: Saturday at BAMPFA

IndieFest celebrates films between the cracks

Amongst Bay Area film festivals, SF IndieFest is a hard one to classify. It's not about a genre (documentaries, noir) nor focused on a certain type of person (Jews, Asian Americans), and it's not big and flashy like the red-carpet festivals (SFFilm Fest, Mill Valley). Let's say IndieFest is a festival for films that fell … Continue reading IndieFest celebrates films between the cracks

What’s Screening: January 10 – 16

What's in the Bay Area's best movie theaters this week? Three new movies - two about capital punishment. A farewell to Agnès. Noir by Graham Greene, Charles Laughton, and Leigh Brackett. And comedies from the west, down under, and outer space. But no film festivals (I don't count Sketchfest). New films opening A Clemency, Embarcadero … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 10 – 16

Capital punishment hurts everybody in Clemency

A Drama Written & directed by Chinonye Chukwu How do you comfort the mother of a man about to be executed - especially when your job is to oversee the execution? The answer, inevitably, is "not well." The experience gets worse when the execution, by lethal injection, gets thoroughly botched and the condemned man suffers … Continue reading Capital punishment hurts everybody in Clemency