Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Frozen, Spite Marriage, & Rancho Notorious

Did you sign up for Disney+ to watch Hamilton? I did and I loved it. I'd seen the play live a few months ago, but I liked it much better on the screen, where I could watch the facial expressions and read the closed captions. The question is: Will I continue with Disney+. Anyway, here … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Frozen, Spite Marriage, & Rancho Notorious

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: July 17 – 23

Jim Jarmusch directs a jailbreak. Ai Weiwei makes art for prisoners of conscience. And Pauline Kael makes sense of it all. Also Jewish and Black film festivals. Virtual Festivals Cinegogue Summer Days continues through Sunday. Read my preview. The San Francisco Black Film Festival continues through August 2 Bay Area theaters with virtual cinema Balboa … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: July 17 – 23

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema and Drive-ins: July 10 – 16

We still can't go to a regular, Bay Area movie theater, but we've got three virtual film festivals, a lot of drive-in action - including Black Panther, Black Spider-Man, and a very white Indiana Jones. Also, three relatively new movies streaming through your favorite theaters. Virtual Festivals The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival opened last … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema and Drive-ins: July 10 – 16

Movies I’ve recently seen: Billy Liar, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, & Blithe Spirit

Here are three films, all comedies (to a certain extent), that didn't play in a recent film festival, nor are they coming up soon. None of them are new and their distributors didn't ask me to review them. I just watched them for my own enjoyment. A Billy Liar (1963), Kanopy This is how a … Continue reading Movies I’ve recently seen: Billy Liar, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, & Blithe Spirit

Cinegogue Summer Days: The pandemic version of the SF Jewish Film Festival

If this were a normal year, I'd be writing about an 18-day San Francisco Jewish Film Festival taking place in five theaters around the Bay Area. Instead, thanks to the pandemic, I'm writing about a four-day festival that will run mostly in our own homes. I say mostly because opening night will take place at … Continue reading Cinegogue Summer Days: The pandemic version of the SF Jewish Film Festival