What’s Screening: May 5 – 11

Film preservation, rock 'n' roll, a seductive Housemaid, and three film festivals grace Bay Area screens this week. Festivals CyberiaVR continues through Sunday Want something international but on the dark side? A Rare Noir is Good to Find opens tonight and runs through Monday. I recommend two films from the festival below. DocLands opens Wednesday Worth … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 5 – 11

Summertime: Lesbian love in 1971

A- Romantic drama Written by Catherine Corsini and Laurette Polmanss Directed by Catherine Corsini Note: I wrote this review almost a year ago, shortly before the film's screening at the 2016 Frameline festival. I assumed that it would receive an American theatrical release. It didn't. I just discovered that the movie is available on several … Continue reading Summertime: Lesbian love in 1971

John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, the Devil, and a certain black bird: Sunday at the Castro

Sunday I attended the Castro John Huston/Humphrey Bogart double bill of Beat the Devil and The Maltese Falcon. Much as I love Falcon, Devil was the real attraction. I had only seen it once before, long ago, and wasn't impressed. But the Film Foundation recently restored the movie, reconstructing director John Huston's original cut. This … Continue reading John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, the Devil, and a certain black bird: Sunday at the Castro

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg brings romance to Blu-ray

A young couple in the blush of first love get separated by war and other inconveniences. Their young dreams and the world's harsh realities come into conflict, bringing the story to an ending that is neither happy nor sad, but bittersweet. That sounds like a drama, but Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a … Continue reading The Umbrellas of Cherbourg brings romance to Blu-ray

What’s Screening: April 28 – May 4

A restored John Huston, a disturbing John Cassavetes, Minnelli's Hollywood noir, and a bunch of hippies grace Bay Area screens this week. Festivals The only festival this week is CyberiaVR, which opens Thursday. What is CyberiaVR? According to the website, it's "the first conventionally-styled film festival taking place entirely in Virtual Reality," and "SFIndieFest's endeavor … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 28 – May 4

What’s Screening: April 21 – 27

Cassavetes, Scorsese, Fellini, a new Student, and mid-century social justice movies grace this week's Bay Area screens. Festivals The San Francisco Green Film Festival continues through Wednesday Dino Risi: An Homage to the Master of the Comedy Italian Style takes over the Castro Saturday with four movies, all either new 35mm prints or new 4K … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 21 – 27