In Bay Area Virtual, Drive-in, & Hard-top Cinema: October 16 – 22

A few Bay Area hardtop movie theaters are opening slightly; and some are offering classics. I'm not sure I'm ready to try one. Also, three virtual film festivals close with the end of the weekend. I can also recommend several films shown in drive-ins. Virtual Festivals CAAMFest FORWARD closes Sunday The Mill Valley Film Festival … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual, Drive-in, & Hard-top Cinema: October 16 – 22

In Bay Area Drive-ins & Virtual Cinema: October 9 – 15

This week in Bay Area screenings: The Talking Heads, the Day of the Dead, vampires, Black Americans in Paris, and that distant galaxy all arriving either by virtual cinema or to the drive-in. Also, three mostly virtual film festivals. Virtual Festivals The Mill Valley Film Festival continues through this week and beyond. Follow my previews … Continue reading In Bay Area Drive-ins & Virtual Cinema: October 9 – 15

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-Ins: October 2 – 8

While preparing this weekly newsletter, I discovered something. Drive-ins, mostly new ones popping up throughout the Bay Area, are becoming the revival theaters of the COVID era. Virtual Festivals The Mill Valley Film Festival opens Thursday. I provided a quick preview Tuesday. I'll have a deeper discussion come Monday. New films available B+ Once Upon … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-Ins: October 2 – 8

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: Sept 24 – Oct 1

Talk about Kubrick, or go to the drive-in with Billy Wilder or Martin Scorsese. Also, a farewell to a great American in virtual cinema. In Memorial A- RBG (2018), BAMPFA, Cerrito, Elmwood, New Mission, Roxie There's nothing objective about this documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The filmmakers clearly believed that the Supreme Court's progressive hero … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: Sept 24 – Oct 1

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: September 18 – 24

I'm shortening the weekly newsletter. Frankly, I'm tired of repeating the same capsule reviews. I'll be sticking to what's new, what's new to me, and what's happening on a particular day. Virtual Festivals SF DocFest closes Sunday Special online events September Online Happenings, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday and Sunday The museum hosts several … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: September 18 – 24

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Social Dilemma, Coastal Elites, My Octopus Teacher, & Blonde Crazy

In this random selection of four movies, we find three very good films that came out this year (not on the big screen, of course). There's also a mediocre movie nearly 90 years old. A The Social Dilemma (2020) This documentary/fiction hybrid shows us at least one reason why society is in such a mess. Top … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Social Dilemma, Coastal Elites, My Octopus Teacher, & Blonde Crazy

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: September 4 – 10

What's available this week? An ugly dog ruins a family. Shrek and Chadwick Boseman go to the drive-in. Norma Rae Bangladesh-style. A Scandinavian vampire. Two music documentaries - one starring Jimmy Carter. Virtual Festivals SF DocFest continues through the week and beyond. Read my preview. Bay Area theaters with virtual cinema Balboa BAMPFA Cerrito Elmwood … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: September 4 – 10

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: August 28 – September 3

Feeling nostalgic? This week through Bay Area movie theaters, you can enjoy American Graffiti, the original Ghostbusters, Grease, Airplane! (maybe), and some serious cinema. Virtual Festivals SF DocFest opens Thursday. Read my preview. Bay Area theaters with virtual cinema Balboa BAMPFA Cerrito Elmwood Lark New Mission Rafael Roxie Vogue Special online events B+ American Graffiti, … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: August 28 – September 3

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: August 14 – 20

Boots Riley, Humphrey Bogart, trans prostitutes, a fearless photographer, fire, and music. You can watch some or all of these this week through the magic of virtual cinema. Bay Area theaters with virtual cinema Balboa BAMPFA Cerrito Elmwood Lark New Mission Rafael Roxie Vogue Special online events Roxie Quick Takes: Boots Riley, Roxie, Wednesday, 6:00 … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: August 14 – 20