Sorry to Bother You, but you don’t want to miss this movie

A- Comedy Written and directed by Boots Riley I worry that people will assume that this very pointed comedy is nothing but a Get Out rip-off. Both movies combine humor, horror, and social commentary, and were made by an African-American neophyte director with a decidedly black point of view. But if you know anything about … Continue reading Sorry to Bother You, but you don’t want to miss this movie

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: First Reformed, Friendly Persuasion, Anna Karenina, & Now Voyager

I see a lot of films at festivals. I screen films that haven't yet been released. I review classics on Blu-ray, and I revisit beloved films in series such as my current Chaplin Diary. But sometimes, I just want to see a movie at home or, better yet, in a theater. Here's my latest batch … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: First Reformed, Friendly Persuasion, Anna Karenina, & Now Voyager

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens July 19 (my birthday)

The Bay Area hosts a lot of what I call identity film festivals. These concentrate on a particular group of people - both on the screen and in the audience. We have film festivals for Asians, South Asians, Asian-Americans, LGBTQ, Iranians, Irish, women, and atheists. I can't properly cover them all. But I try to … Continue reading San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens July 19 (my birthday)