Keaton great and mediocre: My Blu-ray review of The General and The Three Ages

Between 1920 and 1928 - the only years where he had complete control of his own films - Buster Keaton created one of the greatest bodies of work in silent movies. All his comedies from that period have been available on Blu-ray for quite some time, but that doesn't mean they can't be reissued with … Continue reading Keaton great and mediocre: My Blu-ray review of The General and The Three Ages

What’s Screening: Feb 3 – 9

This week, Bay Area theaters will screen all sorts of things that Trump hates: Iranians, African Americans, comedians, nature lovers, and hippies. Also, the origin of the word gaslighting. Festivals Indiefest continues through this week and beyond. Check my reports for recommendations. Berlin & Beyond opens today and runs through Wednesday New films opening A … Continue reading What’s Screening: Feb 3 – 9

James Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, & I Am Not Your Negro

A documentary Written by James Baldwin Directed by Raoul Peck In the final decade of his life, author James Baldwin wrote 30 pages of an unfinished book about his own experiences, his friendships with Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the African American experience in general. Now Raoul Peck has turned … Continue reading James Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, & I Am Not Your Negro

The final day of this year’s Noir City

There was a time when Noir City rarely showed movies made after the early 1960s. Not this year. The last two films screened at the festival are so new they were both shot digitally. And, of course, they were both screened off of DCPs, as well. Victoria This German thriller was shot in a single, … Continue reading The final day of this year’s Noir City