Capital punishment hurts everybody in Clemency

A Drama Written & directed by Chinonye Chukwu How do you comfort the mother of a man about to be executed - especially when your job is to oversee the execution? The answer, inevitably, is "not well." The experience gets worse when the execution, by lethal injection, gets thoroughly botched and the condemned man suffers … Continue reading Capital punishment hurts everybody in Clemency

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Two Popes, Dodsworth, Lord of the Flies, & Shane

A bad cold (or maybe the flu) kept me out of movie theaters for the last couple of weeks. I spend a lot of time watching beloved films with their commentary tracks. But I did stream four films I'd never seen before, or hadn't seen in a very long time. A- The Two Popes (2019), … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Two Popes, Dodsworth, Lord of the Flies, & Shane

What’s Screening: January 3 – 9

This week in Bay Area movie theaters: A Jew disappears in England; previews of two very similar upcoming dramas; shorts from Sundance, and classics by Hitchcock, Varda, and Goddard. Also, a festival preview of foreign Oscar possibilities. Festivals For Your Consideration opens today and closes Thursday. Read my preview New films opening C+ The Song … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 3 – 9

Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, & George Cukor give us a Holiday – thanks to Criterion’s new Blu-ray

The 1938 romantic comedy Holiday doesn't seem quite crazy enough to be called a screwball. The laughs don't pile up the way other such comedies of the period do. But it has something else - a believable romance between intelligent people discussing their lives and their loves, and how they became the people they are. … Continue reading Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, & George Cukor give us a Holiday – thanks to Criterion’s new Blu-ray