Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Prom, David Byrne, Ma Rainey, & 40-Year-Old Version

If this wasn't for the pandemic, I'd be in theaters watching the last (and often the best) movies of the year. But instead, I've been streaming new movies available mostly on Netflix. (The exception is on HBO). By the way, all four films are about music, theater, or musical theater. A The Prom (2020), Netflix … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Prom, David Byrne, Ma Rainey, & 40-Year-Old Version

25 Official Classics: This year’s Library of Congress selections

Each year, the Library of Congress adds 25 films to the National Film Registry, which means these movies will be preserved by the United States Government instead of whatever distributor owns them. On Monday, the Library announced this year's selections. These are not all masterpieces, nor are they intended to be. The films must have "culturally, … Continue reading 25 Official Classics: This year’s Library of Congress selections

The Jewish Soul: Yiddish Cinema on Blu-ray

In the 1930s, small studios in Warsaw and New York made low-budget movies for an international market of not-quite-assimilated Jews. These films were mostly in Yiddish. Production costs were low, and the movies tried to have everything. Most of these pictures contain comedy, drama, and people breaking out in song. They were often about young … Continue reading The Jewish Soul: Yiddish Cinema on Blu-ray

What’s Screening: December 11 – 17

This week in Bay Area movie theaters, either on the big screen or streaming through virtual cinema: managing a city under occupation, punk rock Irish style, work around the clock, and Jimmy Carter. Also films by Wong Kar-Wai, Joon-ho Bong, and Norman Jewison. Plus, two virtual film festivals open Friday. Festivals The Tiburon International Film … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 11 – 17

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: I’m No Angel, Bad Santa, Mank, & Black Peter

My most recent selection of random movies have no masterpieces. But they don't have any stinkers either. Three out of the four get Bs, and the best only gets a B+ B+ I'm No Angel (1933) In what I believe is probably Mae West's best movie (I haven't seen them all), she deals with carnies, … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: I’m No Angel, Bad Santa, Mank, & Black Peter