What’s leaving Criterion at the end of August

Surprisingly few films will disappear from the Criterion Channel at the end of the month. I don't know if this means more or less movies overall – or just nothing in particular. Click a film's title to start watching the movie – assuming you subscribe to the Channel. Full recommendations A+ Before Sunrise (1995) If … Continue reading What’s leaving Criterion at the end of August

Movies I’ve recently seen: 4 Weddings & a Funeral ֍ Mean Streets ֍ Project A ֍ Non-Stop

Here are four movies that I watched simply because I wanted to see them – or see them again. For once, even the worst of them was at least entertaining. To see one of these movies, click the film's title. A- Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Technically, it's more like three weddings, one funeral, … Continue reading Movies I’ve recently seen: 4 Weddings & a Funeral ֍ Mean Streets ֍ Project A ֍ Non-Stop

What’s Screening: July 29 – August 4

It's quite a week for vintage cinema in Bay Area theaters. Both Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin will screen (and not on the same day). There are films from Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, Sam Fuller, Christopher Nolan, and the Wachowskis. Festivals The Broncho Billy & Friends Silent Film Festival runs through the weekend … Continue reading What’s Screening: July 29 – August 4

Early Kubrick in 4K Ultra HD: The Killing

Stanley Kubrick started his Hollywood career with this crackerjack noir heist thriller. He did it so well that it's hard to believe that he never tried to do a noir again. Professional criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) orchestrates a complex racetrack robbery likely to net two million 1956 dollars. Hayden's rat-a-tat-tat delivery does wonders for … Continue reading Early Kubrick in 4K Ultra HD: The Killing

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Official Competition ֍ Forbidden Paradise ֍ Victor/Victoria ֍ Desert Fury

What movies have I seen recently (outside of the Jewish Film Fest)? There's a very funny Spanish movie, early Lubitsch, Julie Andrews disguised as a man disguised as a woman, and a mediocre melodramatic weepie. I saw two of these films in theaters, and I'll tell you which they are. Click the film's title to … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Official Competition ֍ Forbidden Paradise ֍ Victor/Victoria ֍ Desert Fury