A+ List: Paths of Glory (also The Passion of Joan of Arc)

Young men die so that older, richer, and more powerful men can amass greater wealth and power. That's pretty much the basic function of war. Stanley Kurbrick's best film, Paths of Glory, dramatizes that truth better than any other motion picture I've seen. For its strong story, dazzling visuals (which never dazzle for their own … Continue reading A+ List: Paths of Glory (also The Passion of Joan of Arc)

Living in Oblivion finds humor in the frustrations of filmmaking

Sports fans like sports movies. Foodies love food porn. So it's no surprise that we cinephiles have a soft spot in our hearts for movies about movies. Few movies about movies are as funny as Living in Oblivion, Tom DiCillo's low-budget comedy about the making of a low-budget drama. Released in 1995--when independent filmmaking's popularly … Continue reading Living in Oblivion finds humor in the frustrations of filmmaking

Wenders & Suzuki: Saturday night at the Pacific Film Archive

I saw two very different films Saturday night at the Pacific Film Archive. They were not a double feature, and few people stayed for both of them. The American Friend Brief digression: My wife and I watched the first two seasons of Breaking Bad recently; we're not sure if and when we'll get to season … Continue reading Wenders & Suzuki: Saturday night at the Pacific Film Archive

Thursday: The last day at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival

I saw two movies on the last day of this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. The first one was directed by someone named Ross. The second by someone name Moss. Neither of them was a loss. Frank & Lola I saw this at the New Mission, and thankfully, it was in the big, downstairs … Continue reading Thursday: The last day at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival