Movies I’ve Recently Seen: City Girl, Rumble, & The Private Life of Don Juan

Three more films I've seen for the first time. I only really liked one of them. B+ City Girl (1930), FilmStruck Sunrise wasn't F.W. Murnau's last word on rural vs. city life. In this very late silent, a young man from a Minnesota farm goes to the big city on business and falls in love with … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: City Girl, Rumble, & The Private Life of Don Juan

The Parade’s Gone By: Sunday, the last day at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

I love the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, but it can be tiring. You spend all day, three days in a row, watching movies. Sometimes the breaks between films are less than half an hour. But the movies, the music, the discussions, and the people you can talk to make it very special. This year's … Continue reading The Parade’s Gone By: Sunday, the last day at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

What’s Screening: December 30–January 5

West Side Story, Douglas Fairbanks’ last silent, and The Wizard of Oz. No festivals this week. And the Pacific Film Archive and Stanford are closed, as well. B Sing-a-Long West Side Story, Castro, Friday through Monday. I’m commenting on the movie, not the sing-a-long experience. West Side Story swings erratically from glorious brilliance to astonishing … Continue reading What’s Screening: December 30–January 5