The cure for another superhero summer: What’s coming up at the Pacific Film Archive

Going to the movies in the summer usually means brainless superhero movies. But thanks to the Pacific Film Archive, you can have far better options. Yes, I know that we're all supposed to call it BAMPFA now, but I prefer the traditional name, or PFA for short. Whatever you call it, UC Berkeley's art house … Continue reading The cure for another superhero summer: What’s coming up at the Pacific Film Archive

SFFilm Festival Thursday report

One would think that rainy days would be perfect for film festivals. After all, you're spending the day inside. But in reality, you spend a lot of time standing outside waiting in line. That's no fun in the rain. The experience can go from annoying to horrible depending on the kindness and resourcefulness of the … Continue reading SFFilm Festival Thursday report

Silent Film Fest coming in early June

Let's step away from the Festival opening next Wednesday, and take a look at a very different one that opens in early June. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival provides an intensive, four-day immersion into the first decades of the cinema. The festival brings rare prints and new restorations of classic and obscure silent movies, … Continue reading Silent Film Fest coming in early June

San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 3

Here's my final preview batch of San Francisco International Film Festival mini-reviews. Hope they help you choose what to see. When the Festival opens next Wednesday, I'll start writing about films as they screen for paying audiences - a much better way to see a movie. You can read all of my coverage of this … Continue reading San Fran Intl Film Fest Preview, Part 3

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