Lady Bird: Coming of Age in Sacramento

A- Coming-of-age comedy Written and directed by Greta Gerwig If you've followed Greta Gerwig's career as an actress and a screenwriter, you wouldn't be surprised at the quality of her solo directorial debut. In Lady Bird, she examines a very explosive mother/daughter relationship, explores the social dynamics of a Catholic high school, and manages to … Continue reading Lady Bird: Coming of Age in Sacramento

SFFILM honors Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour

Monday night at the Castro, SFFILM recognized Joe Wright and Anthony McCarten's historical drama, Darkest Hour, giving the film the organization's second annual SF Honors award. The event included a mercifully short presentation of the award, a screening of the film, and a Q&A with five of the filmmakers. Darkest Hour follows Winston Churchill's first … Continue reading SFFILM honors Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: EDtv, Cat People, Irma Vep, & The Body Snatcher

Here are four films I've recently revisited or seen for the first time. I bet you can guess which ones I watched on Halloween. A EDtv (1999), DVD Near the end of the 20th century, two comedies foretold the concept of reality television. The first, The Truman Show, got all the praise. But the second one, … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: EDtv, Cat People, Irma Vep, & The Body Snatcher

Doc Stories Report: Obama’s team in The Final Year

My wife and I attended the Doc Stories festival Saturday afternoon at the Vogue. The movie in question was an inspiring but also deeply sad documentary about Obama's foreign policy team, The Final Year. Director Greg Barker introduced the film, promising us that "For the next 90 minutes, Donald Trump will not be president." If … Continue reading Doc Stories Report: Obama’s team in The Final Year

What’s Screening: November 3 – 9

Guillermo del Toro, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Sergei Eisenstein, Harry Belafonte, and nine (yes, nine) film festivals in the Bay Area this week. Festivals Doc Stories continues through Sunday Another Hole in the Head Film Festival continues through Wednesday The Alameda International Film Festival opens today So does The French Had a Name For It … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 3 – 9