Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t; Downton Abbey; & Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

In the last few weeks, I've had few chances to see movies that aren't playing at the Mill Valley Film Festival. But I got to see these: A- One Sings, the Other Doesn't (1977), Criterion Channel Agnès Varda's small epic sometimes feels like the best of the hippy era - as opposed to her Vagabond, which … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t; Downton Abbey; & Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Let the Sunshine In, The Chaperone, & The Miracle Woman

I didn't see any of these movies at a film festival. They weren't sent to me for review. Unfortunately, I didn't see any of them in theaters. But here's what I think about them. A- Let the Sunshine In (2017) Netflix Blu-ray This Claire Denis film opens with a fairly explicit, but not very erotic … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Let the Sunshine In, The Chaperone, & The Miracle Woman

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Toni Morrison, Bye Bye Birdie, & Petulia

Two more movies I've seen for the first time, and another I hadn't seen since I was, I think, eight. A- Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019), Shattuck I've never read a book by Toni Morrison. But then, I rarely read fiction. Nevertheless, I was mostly entranced with her story, as told mostly by the Nobel … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Toni Morrison, Bye Bye Birdie, & Petulia

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Magnificent Seven, Godard Mon Amour, Go Bernadette, Damn Yankees, & An Autumn Afternoon

Disappointments from Donen, Linklater, and Ozu. But a couple of good movies, too. B+ The Magnificent Seven (1960) Netflix Blu-ray The American remake of The Seven Samurai is a large scale, entertaining, but occasionally overly sentimental western.  A small Mexican village knows that a gang of bandits will soon swoop down and take their crops. … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Magnificent Seven, Godard Mon Amour, Go Bernadette, Damn Yankees, & An Autumn Afternoon

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The King of Comedy, White Heat, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood, & The Bellboy

Despite the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, I've managed to watch four movies that weren't particularly Jewish. A The King of Comedy (1982) Netflix DVD Martin Scorscee's meditation on celebrity and fandom (written by Paul D. Zimmerman) feels in a strange way like a much less violent Taxi Driver. Like Travis Bickle, Rupert Pupkin (Robert … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The King of Comedy, White Heat, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood, & The Bellboy

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Rolling Thunder Revue, Last Black Man in SF, Rosenda, The Vikings, & The Woman in the Window

I didn't see a single movie in my European vacation. I was tempted to see The Dead Don't Die in a cinema club across the street from our Airbnb, but it was dubbed into Italian. Then, as soon as I got home, I dived into previewing the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. It wasn't until … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Rolling Thunder Revue, Last Black Man in SF, Rosenda, The Vikings, & The Woman in the Window

Taking a break from Bayflicks & Movies I’ve recently seen

I'm taking a few weeks off Bayflicks. I should be back in July. In the meantime, this is the first of a few articles I pre-posted so you can get your Bayflicks fixes without me. A- Chungking Express (1994), Criterion Channel A strange and inexplicable movie...mostly in a good way. It contains two separate boy-meets-girl … Continue reading Taking a break from Bayflicks & Movies I’ve recently seen