Good film/bad film: The Other Side of the Wind & They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

We waited more than 40 years to see Orson Welles' final film, The Other Side of the Wind. What a disappointment! This just may be the worst film ever by a major auteur. On the other hand, we now have They'll Love Me When I'm Dead, Morgan Neville's excellent documentary on the making of Wind. … Continue reading Good film/bad film: The Other Side of the Wind & They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

Horror, Silents, and Italy: The (probably) last film festivals of 2018

The fall deluge of Bay Area film festivals begins to slow down around Thanksgiving. By mid-December, they usually stop completely. I can't say for sure, but these three festivals just may be the last ones of 2018. I'm listing them in order of opening dates. Another Hole in the Head Film Festival New People Cinema, … Continue reading Horror, Silents, and Italy: The (probably) last film festivals of 2018

Lebanon & Beale Street: Closing Day of the Mill Valley Film Festival

This year's Mill Valley Film Festival closed Sunday. I caught two narrative films there. I loved them both. Both films will get theatrical releases in the near future. A┬áCapernaum Children living in poverty have to do for themselves in this heartbreaking story of love and the lack of love. Twelve-year-old Zain sues his parents for … Continue reading Lebanon & Beale Street: Closing Day of the Mill Valley Film Festival

The West meets Islam on the Mill Valley Film Festival’s penultimate day

I saw three films Saturday at the Mill Valley Film Festival - all at the Rafael. Two were narratives, one was a documentary. All three dealt with the line between Islam and the West. A- Northern WindThis essentially serious film offers flashes of humor while studying the universality of working-class struggle. Two blue-collar men, who … Continue reading The West meets Islam on the Mill Valley Film Festival’s penultimate day