Buster Keaton Weekend

Movie audiences first saw Buster Keaton on the big screen in 1917, with the premiere of Fatty Arbuckle's short The Butcher Boy. To celebrate the centenary of Keaton's first cinematic appearance, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum turns its theater over to the Great Stoneface with a mini festival of 11 shorts and four feature-length … Continue reading Buster Keaton Weekend

SF Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 1

Here's my first collection of San Francisco International Film Festival mini-reviews: five movies appraised from best to worst. Three of them are narratives. The two documentaries, which happen to be the two best in the lot, deal with Haiti, and cover the horrible 2010 earthquake. A Bending the Arc If this documentary doesn't make you … Continue reading SF Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 1

CAAMfest preview

I've screened four features - two narratives and two documentaries - that will screen next month at CAAMFest. Unlike my recommendations for the Mostly British Film Festival, these are all new movies that haven't yet been shown commercially in the Bay Area. B+ The Tiger Hunter This well-made fish-out-of-water comedy stars Danny Pudi of Community … Continue reading CAAMfest preview

CAAMFest: Asian-American films take center stage in mid-March

On Thursday, the Center for Asian American Media announced the lineup for this year's CAAMFest. From March 9 through March 19, the festival will screen over 50 feature films - ten of them world premieres - plus shorts, live concerts, and parties. CAAMFest starts at the on March 9 at the Castro with The Tiger … Continue reading CAAMFest: Asian-American films take center stage in mid-March

IndieFest brings films you’ll probably never see again

IndieFest is a difficult film festival to categorize. It doesn't focus on an identifiable group of people, such as the Jewish Film Festival or Frameline. It doesn't stick to one genre, such as noir or horror. And it doesn't get the potential art house hits that San Francisco International and Mill Valley enjoy. Instead, IndieFest … Continue reading IndieFest brings films you’ll probably never see again