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)

The Green Film Festival takes a step toward saving the world

The Bay Area hosts about 60 film festivals a year. Many of them are about certain types of movies (silent, noir, documentaries). Others focus on particular kinds of people (Jews, Arabs, Asian Americans). But others, such as the Green Film Festival, have a message. They want you to leave the theater ready to make a … Continue reading The Green Film Festival takes a step toward saving the world

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Toni Morrison, Bye Bye Birdie, & Petulia

Two more movies I've seen for the first time, and another I hadn't seen since I was, I think, eight. A- Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019), Shattuck I've never read a book by Toni Morrison. But then, I rarely read fiction. Nevertheless, I was mostly entranced with her story, as told mostly by the Nobel … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Toni Morrison, Bye Bye Birdie, & Petulia

What’s Screening: August 30 – September 5

In a miracle of miracles, Captain Kirk and H.G. Wells time travel to 1980s San Francisco. Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone cross swords in early California. Pedro Almodóvar can take kink to another level, but unlike Bette Davis and Paul Henreid, you can't share a cigarette in a Bay Area movie theater this week. Festivals … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 30 – September 5