Darkness in the Castro: The First Weekend at Noir City

I can't catch every movie in Noir City, the Castro-based festival of dark movies filled with crime, corruption, and great-looking hats. But I did manage to see all six films screened on Saturday and Sunday. This year's theme matches a big- or moderate-budget A picture with a low-budget B picture. The films are being presented … Continue reading Darkness in the Castro: The First Weekend at Noir City

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Stalker, Bad Education, Bardelys the Magnificent, & Carry on Cleo

Four more films that are new to me. As usual, I'm sorting them by quality. A Stalker (1979), Filmstruck This slow, strange, allegorical fantasy from the great Andrei Tarkovsky gets under your skin. A guide, called a stalker, takes two other men on a journey into a strange place called The Zone. We never find out … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Stalker, Bad Education, Bardelys the Magnificent, & Carry on Cleo

John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, the Devil, and a certain black bird: Sunday at the Castro

Sunday I attended the Castro John Huston/Humphrey Bogart double bill of Beat the Devil and The Maltese Falcon. Much as I love Falcon, Devil was the real attraction. I had only seen it once before, long ago, and wasn't impressed. But the Film Foundation recently restored the movie, reconstructing director John Huston's original cut. This … Continue reading John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, the Devil, and a certain black bird: Sunday at the Castro