Good film/bad film: The Other Side of the Wind & They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

We waited more than 40 years to see Orson Welles' final film, The Other Side of the Wind. What a disappointment! This just may be the worst film ever by a major auteur. On the other hand, we now have They'll Love Me When I'm Dead, Morgan Neville's excellent documentary on the making of Wind. … Continue reading Good film/bad film: The Other Side of the Wind & They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

What’s Screening: November 2 – 8

In Bay Area movie theaters this week: Elephants, a Hal Ashby triple bill, Bergman’s right arm, Gene Kelly, and the Bay Area premiere of Orson Welles’ last film. Also, four film festivals. Festivals The Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase continues through Saturday Doc Stories continues through Sunday The 3rd i South Asian Film Festival also … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 2 – 8

Horror, Silents, and Italy: The (probably) last film festivals of 2018

The fall deluge of Bay Area film festivals begins to slow down around Thanksgiving. By mid-December, they usually stop completely. I can't say for sure, but these three festivals just may be the last ones of 2018. I'm listing them in order of opening dates. Another Hole in the Head Film Festival New People Cinema, … Continue reading Horror, Silents, and Italy: The (probably) last film festivals of 2018

Museo: Another heist gone wrong – but in a good way

B+ Heist thriller Written by Manuel Alcalá, Alonso Ruizpalacios (as Alonso Ruiz Palacios) Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios You know how this kind of movie works. The protagonist, never working alone, plans and executes a brilliant crime and, at least initially, gets away with it. Then everything falls apart because crime doesn't pay. That's pretty much … Continue reading Museo: Another heist gone wrong – but in a good way