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 the title character, a drifter … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Wanda, Kung-Fu Master & Race

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Magnificent Ambersons, Waking Life, The Newton Boys, Hot Water

Orson Welles' ruined masterpiece, Harold Lloyd at his worst, and good and bad movies by Richard Linklater. A- The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Newly purchased Blu-ray Orson Well's follow-up to Citizen Kane just might have been a masterpiece. RKO took the film away from Welles, cut out about a third, and added a horribly happy ending. But … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Magnificent Ambersons, Waking Life, The Newton Boys, Hot Water

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Bohemian Rhapsody, Hangmen Also Die, & School Ties

Three more movies that I saw just because I wanted to see them. A- Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), New Parkway, Theater 1 The Freddie Mercury Story (as this film would have been called in the 1950s) plays out as a relatively conventional rock star biopic. The protagonist (played by Rami Malek) finds and joins an existing band, … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Bohemian Rhapsody, Hangmen Also Die, & School Ties