What’s Screening: December 28 – January 3

Still no festivals. But as we move in 2013, we do have some good movies. A Lawrence of Arabia, Castro, Saturday through Monday. Lawrence isn’t just the best big historical epic of the 70mm roadshow era, it’s one of the greatest films ever made. Stunning to look at and terrific as pure spectacle, it’s also … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 28 – January 3

What’s Screening: May 11 – 17

In festival news, the Roxie's I Wake Up Dreaming noir festival opens tonight and runs into next week. Also opening tonight: After Dark Action Films at the Balboa; it runs through Tuesday. B+ Last Call at the Oasis, Embarcadero, Shattuck, opens Friday. Water covers most of Earth's surface, yet the human race is rapidly running … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 11 – 17

What’s Screening: May 4 – 10

No festivals this week, which is kind of a relief. But I'm starting this newsletter with a wonderful gem I saw at the San Francisco International Film Festival: A Headhunters, Clay, Shattuck, Piedmont, opens Friday. Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) leads the good life. He’s rich, powerful, and has a beautiful wife. But even his high-paying, … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 4 – 10

SFIFF Thursday: French Comedy and Irish Animation

I didn't hit two jackpots at the San Francisco International Film Festival yesterday, as I did on Wednesday. But I enjoyed what I saw. B The Intouchables I can't really complain about France's latest big commercial hit. As you'd expect, it's a crowd pleaser. Based on a true story, it follows the thorny but eventually … Continue reading SFIFF Thursday: French Comedy and Irish Animation

Silent Influences: Mostly Silent Movies From the Talkie Era to the Present

With The Artist finally playing locally, I thought it would be fun to look at other post-silent movies with little or no dialog. Cinema, in its purest form, is a visual art. What it can do without words has always been more powerful than what it can do with them. If I ran my own … Continue reading Silent Influences: Mostly Silent Movies From the Talkie Era to the Present