Once again, a collection of films I've recently seen, either in the first time or the first in a long time, that didn't belong in any other article I've written. From best to worst: A Matewan (1987), recently-bought Blu-ray Outside of John Sayles' oral history trilogy, this story of union organizing and union busting circa … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Matewan, Crescendo, Paper Moon, Sophie Tucker, & the Bounty
Since we can't escape from COVID-19's reality, we can at least spend some time with the most escapist genre in the history of cinema: swashbucklers. Although these sword-wielding adventure movies are usually set in Europe or the Caribbean from 1500 to 1800 CE, you can find them set in ancient Greece or 19th-century China. The … Continue reading Swashbucklers: A needed escape from reality
When I wrote last week's What's Screening newsletter, I knew that the next one would be different. But I didn't think it would be this different. When that article went live, only the Stanford and the BAMPFA were closed due to the coronavirus. I thought that this Friday, I would mention which theaters were open … Continue reading What’s Screening: March 20 – ?
Bergman illustrates Mozart. Antonioni does adventure. Garbo plays the Queen. And Keaton wrecks the house. All that, plus a full week of LGBTQ films in Bay Area movie theaters. Festivals Frameline continues through this week and beyond Promising events McKellen: Playing the Part, Embarcadero Center, Shattuck, Aquarius, Tuesday, 7:00 The great Shakespearean actor (and movie star) … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 15 – 21
Both the Castro and the Rafael are honoring Robert Mitchum on his centenary; the Rafael series will run for three weeks. Also 3 Women, two swashbucklers, one Bogart, a flock of porn stars, and several animated monsters on Bay Area screens this week. Festivals New Filipino Cinema 2017 opens Thursday New films opening A- Whose … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 11 – 17
Skeletons, mummies, heroic pirates, lost loves, rock 'n' roll, and James Cagney doing Shakespeare light up Bay Area screens this week. Also three new movies and two festivals. Festivals Modern Cinema continues through Sunday So does the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Check out my festival coverage. New films opening A An Inconvenient Sequel: Truths … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 4 – 10
No festivals this week. And no big, French silent films accompanied by full orchestras, either. B Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope, Vogue, opens Friday. Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary will disappoint his fans, which is odd because it’s all about fandom--specifically fans of comic books, video games, and sci-fi/fantasy movies with reoccurring characters. This documentary follows … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 6 – 12