Giant monsters, giant Texas, & getting through War and Peace: What’s playing at the Castro in May

Have you checked the Castro Calendar since April ended? You have a lot of good chances to enjoy movies on the big screen. Outside of festivals, which I'm covering in other ways, these are the most exciting things coming up at the Castro in May, in order of excitability: War and Peace (Saturday, May 25, … Continue reading Giant monsters, giant Texas, & getting through War and Peace: What’s playing at the Castro in May

Tiny life, factory clashes, & water in all its forms: Sunday at the SFFilm Festival

I didn't see a single narrative film Sunday at the SFFilm Festival Sunday, and only one conventional documentary. The other two features could be described as docs, but they're more about the visuals than the contents. Minute Bodies: The Intimate Lives of F. Percy Smith This 63-minute visual poem can enthrall you, amaze you, or … Continue reading Tiny life, factory clashes, & water in all its forms: Sunday at the SFFilm Festival

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

Two drinking holidays in the same week: St. Patrick’s Day & Purim

St. Patrick's Day lands on March 17 of the Gregorian calendar. Purim lands on Adar 15 of the Jewish calendar. They're only days apart this year. Traditionally, people tend to get plastered on these days. Throughout 2019, I'll be writing articles about holidays and the most appropriate movies to help get into the festive mode. … Continue reading Two drinking holidays in the same week: St. Patrick’s Day & Purim