Welles, Lang, Kobayashi & Rock ‘n’ Roll: BAMPFA’s summer schedule

The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive's summer program offers popular classics and little-known works. And, since it's the BAMPFA, it includes a lot of films you might want to see. Since it's the PFA, every movie must be part of a series. Here are the nine series starting in the summer: Julio Bracho and Mexican … Continue reading Welles, Lang, Kobayashi & Rock ‘n’ Roll: BAMPFA’s summer schedule

Giant monsters, giant Texas, & getting through War and Peace: What’s playing at the Castro in May

Have you checked the Castro Calendar since April ended? You have a lot of good chances to enjoy movies on the big screen. Outside of festivals, which I'm covering in other ways, these are the most exciting things coming up at the Castro in May, in order of excitability: War and Peace (Saturday, May 25, … Continue reading Giant monsters, giant Texas, & getting through War and Peace: What’s playing at the Castro in May

SFFILM Fest Preview, Part 3: Running from fundamentalists, standing up to fundamentalists, Raising Hell, and just being weird

Here's my third and last batch of films that will screen at the upcoming SFFILM Festival (also known as the San Francisco International Film Festival). All of the films are new, and none of them are narratives. A Midnight Traveler This documentary also works as a heart-stopping thriller. A family must leave Afghanistan; the father's name is … Continue reading SFFILM Fest Preview, Part 3: Running from fundamentalists, standing up to fundamentalists, Raising Hell, and just being weird

SFFILM Fest Preview, Part 1: Spaceships, a Savage family, Sex, & Satan

Here's my first batch of films screening at the upcoming SFFILM Festival (also known as the San Francisco International Film Festival). A Aniara This slow, frightful, depressing space movie from Sweden carries a heavy charge. A spaceliner taking refugees to Mars (Earth has become unlivable) has an accident that sends them out to the edges of … Continue reading SFFILM Fest Preview, Part 1: Spaceships, a Savage family, Sex, & Satan

Laura Dern, Claire Denis, Claude Jarman, and John C. Reilly at the SFFILM Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival, now also named SFFILM, opens Wednesday, April 10 with Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. No, it's not a remake; it's a sequel to the PBS series of the 1980s, based on Maupin's serialized novels. And yes, it has Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, and other veterans of the show … Continue reading Laura Dern, Claire Denis, Claude Jarman, and John C. Reilly at the SFFILM Festival