Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 2

Here's another crop of movies coming to this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. This selection, unfortunately, isn't as good as the last one. You can follow my Mill Valley coverage. B+ Destroyer Crime and grime penetrate the city in this very dark noir. Nicole Kidman (in a brilliant performance) plays Officer Bell, the hard-drinking, tough, unreliable … Continue reading Mill Valley Film Festival Preview, Part 2

Modern Cinema festival honors Satyajit Ray

Few artists caught the sorrows and sympathies of the human condition like India's Satyajit Ray. Come October, you'll get a chance to see 15 of his feature films, along with 11 others that either inspired Ray or were inspired by him, at SFMOMA's Phyllis Wattis Theater. SFFILM and SFMOMA presents Modern Cinema/Satyajit Ray: Intimate Universes … Continue reading Modern Cinema festival honors Satyajit Ray

Five countries celebrate their national film industries in Bay Area festivals and series

From mid-September through early November, the Bay Area will host film festivals and series celebrating recent movies from China, Italy, Iran, Hong Kong (which isn't really a country, but…you know), and Japan. As far as I can tell, none of these films have been screened locally. I have not seen any of the films to … Continue reading Five countries celebrate their national film industries in Bay Area festivals and series

Bergman, Bergman, Wiseman, Visconti, & more Bergman: Autumn at the BAMPFA

Summer wanes. Children look in trepidation to the coming of the school year, while their parents rejoice. And we get a new round of film series at the BAMPFA (formerly the Pacific Film Archive). Here's what's coming up for Berkeleyites in the fall: In Focus: Ingmar Bergman August 29 - November 28 BAMPFA has gone … Continue reading Bergman, Bergman, Wiseman, Visconti, & more Bergman: Autumn at the BAMPFA