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Green Book? That's the official best film of 2018? It's not bad. I gave it a B+, which means it's a very good film, but not an exceptional one. But I gave a solid A to three of the Best Picture candidates: BlacKkKlandman, A Star is Born, and Roma…especially Roma, easily the best film of … Continue reading Quick thoughts on the Oscars
The Jewish Film Festival WinterFest closed only a few days ago, and we already have another Jewish film festival coming up. The East Bay Jewish Film Festival doesn't take place in Oakland or Berkeley, but much farther east, in the more suburban towns of Pleasant Hill and Livermore. I've seen some of the films - … Continue reading The Jewish Film Festival on the other side of the hills
I had great luck watching movies lately. All of these are very much worth catching. A They Shall Not Grow Old (2018), Grand Lake I generally disapprove of colorizing and other technologies that make old movies look new, but this is different. The British cameramen who, more than 100 years ago, shot what would become Peter … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: They Shall Not Grow Old, The Tin Drum, Cold War, & Howards End
February may have been the cruelest month for T. S. Eliot, but for Bay Area movie lovers, it's not that bad. Here are two festivals running in 2019's second month. Mostly British Film Festival February 14 - 21 Vogue If you like foreign films, but hate subtitles, this is the festival for you. None of … Continue reading British & Yiddish Film Festivals in February
If there's anyone in American history worthy of celebrating, it's the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. And so, come next Monday, we'll celebrate him by going shopping on a day where we'd usually go to work or school. After all, it's too cold and wet for barbeque. Not really the best way to honor … Continue reading Movies for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
B+ Crime thriller Written by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, & Matt Manfredi Directed by Karyn Kusama Crime and grime penetrate Los Angeles in this very dark noir. The deeply dense plot works mostly as a structure for presenting atmosphere and character. But then, in the last few minutes, that plot suddenly becomes clear and everything … Continue reading Destroyer: Nicole Kidman as one tough dame