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: June 8 – 14

It's a gay time for film festival lovers. The Queer Women of Color opens tonight (Friday) and runs through Sunday. Then Frameline LGBT opens Thursday night. A The Wages of Fear, SF Film Society Cinema, opens Friday for one-week run. You’ll find few other thrillers this painfully suspenseful. Four poverty-stricken Europeans, desperately stranded in South … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 8 – 14

What’s Screening: May 18 – 24

This week in Bay Area festivals:I Wake Up Dreaming continues through Thursday. And the Crossroads Festival opens Friday and runs through the weekend. C- Elles, Bridge, Shattuck, opens Friday. This NC-17 French/Polish co-production has a lot of sex, and a lot of nudity (both male and female), but is in no way erotic. That's odd, … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 18 – 24

May Day at the SFIFF: A Sobering Documentary and a Boring Swashbuckler

I got a surprise when I stepped out of the Montgomery BART station on my way to the San Francisco International Film Festival. I ran into a Occupy-themed May Day protest blocking Market St. That provided two dilemmas. First, should I go to the festival, or take part in the protest? Second, when I decided … Continue reading May Day at the SFIFF: A Sobering Documentary and a Boring Swashbuckler

SFIFF Report: Two Frightening Films on Wednesday

I saw two excellent films yesterday at the San Francisco International Film Festival. They had a lot in common. They were both European. Each was told entirely from the protagonist's point of view, with the lead actor in every scene, and the audience knowing nothing that he doesn't know. And I do mean he; both … Continue reading SFIFF Report: Two Frightening Films on Wednesday

SFIFF Report: Jacque Tati & Barbara Kopple

It's been an unusual day at the festival. Here's what I've seen: Master Class: Malcolm Turvey: Tati, Chaplin and the Democratization of Comedy I started the day with professor Malcolm Turvey, lecturing on Jacque Tati and how his comedy related to what he described as the "classical comedy" of Chaplin, Keaton, and other silent clowns. … Continue reading SFIFF Report: Jacque Tati & Barbara Kopple