All Foreign Films – even the noir: The first Bay Area film festivals of 2020

What do you want? Foreign films with subtitles? Foreign crime movies, mostly with subtitles. How about foreign films without subtitles? That's what we get in three of the first film festivals of 2020. For Your Consideration Rafael, January 3 - 9 The Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is now called Best International Film. But it … Continue reading All Foreign Films – even the noir: The first Bay Area film festivals of 2020

Varda, Fellini, Lynch, and more during Winter at BAMPFA

As the weather turns cold and the film festivals disappear, you can find warmth and cinema (along with other arts) at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, better known as BAMPFA. UC Berkeley's revival movie theater doesn't just do films. They do film series. Here are the series coming up in December through February: Agnès … Continue reading Varda, Fellini, Lynch, and more during Winter at BAMPFA

It’s October, and that means horror movies in Bay Area theaters

Halloween is only one day, but Bay Area movie theaters celebrate it weeks ahead. Here's what's coming if you want to jump out of your seat…or merely laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. I'm skipping new movies in regular release. My recommendations These are your best options for frightful cinema: Double bill: B+ Frankenstein … Continue reading It’s October, and that means horror movies in Bay Area theaters

Danny Trejo, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Rosalind Chao, Isabelle Huppert, & Plastic. My last Mill Valley Film Festival previews of the year

Here are the last five films I'll be previewing for this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. Two documentaries, three narratives, and not a bad one in the bunch. As usual, they're in order of quality. A Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo This is one of the best documentaries about a movie star I've … Continue reading Danny Trejo, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Rosalind Chao, Isabelle Huppert, & Plastic. My last Mill Valley Film Festival previews of the year

116 features at the Mill Valley Film Festival (and one of them will probably win Best Picture)

Why does the Best Picture Oscar always go to a film that made its Bay Area premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival? I'll get to that. As one of the biggest film festivals in the area, Mill Valley attracts big names. This year, you can experience a Conversation with Olivia Wilde, meet Kristen Stewart … Continue reading 116 features at the Mill Valley Film Festival (and one of them will probably win Best Picture)