Melvin Van Peebles, Sweet Sweetback, and Me

I finally saw the completed version of Melvin Van Peebles' ground-breaking Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. I didn't see it when it was in theaters partly because I was a bit too young for X-rated movies. But mostly because I had already seen a rough cut. When it hit theaters, Sweetback created a sensation. Here was … Continue reading Melvin Van Peebles, Sweet Sweetback, and Me

The Wave loses power in last act

B Disaster triller Written by John Kåre Raake and Harald Rosenløw Eeg Directed by Roar Uthaug Scandinavia created more than just democratic socialism. In recent years, it's also created some exceptional thrillers--Headhunters being the best of them. Norway's latest heart stopper almost reaches that level of frightening entertainment, but then it sags in the final stretch. … Continue reading The Wave loses power in last act

The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Thursday afternoon--the last afternoon of 2015--my wife and I finally saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And we went out of our way to see it at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission. It was our first experience seeing a movie there. It was a lot of fun, but expensive. I've already written about the New Mission--the … Continue reading The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Fashions and fighting: Sunday at the San Francisco International Film Festival

I only caught two films yesterday. A- Iris I started the day with Albert Maysles’ latest film, Iris. What fun! Here's what I thought about it: Iris Apfel, a fixture in the New York fashion scene well in her 90s, dresses herself in loud, bright, and absurd clothes, augmented with even crazier accessories. And yet … Continue reading Fashions and fighting: Sunday at the San Francisco International Film Festival