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

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Biggest Little Farm, Booksmart, & Drive a Crooked Road

It seems I've been visiting the Shattuck Theater a lot lately. Anyway, here are three movies I've seen for the very first time, in order of quality. A The Biggest Little Farm (2018), Shattuck John and Molly Chester did something seemingly impossible. They left the big city, and after years of hard work, created a … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Biggest Little Farm, Booksmart, & Drive a Crooked Road

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: War of the Worlds, Dinner at Eight, Non-Fiction

Between film festivals, revival theaters, reviewing films before their release, and streaming classics, it's been months since I simply went to a regular multiplex to see a new movie. I finally managed to do it last night. And it was a disappointment. See below. B War of the Worlds (1953), Kanopy The first invasion-from-space picture … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: War of the Worlds, Dinner at Eight, Non-Fiction

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Police Story 1 & 2, Human Desire, & Cool Hand Luke

I generally like to cleanse my cinematic palate after the SFFilm Festival with an escapist Hollywood movie. But since I've only seen four of the 21 blockbusters that came before Avengers: Endgame, I decided to watch two newly-restored Hong Kong action flicks. Of course, those weren't all I've seen after the festival. B+ Police Story … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Police Story 1 & 2, Human Desire, & Cool Hand Luke

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Wanda, Kung-Fu Master & Race

In the last three weeks, outside of films sent to me for review purposes, I've only had time to watch only three movies. Here they are. A- Wanda (1970), Criterion Channel This extremely low-budget, independent crime thriller turns cheap production values and ugly, poverty-wrecked locations into virtues. Writer/director Barbara Loden plays┬áthe title character, a drifter … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Wanda, Kung-Fu Master & Race