Before Armstrong: Moon Missions from Méliès to Kubrick

I should have written this article weeks ago. But I got the idea a month too late. On or around July 20, The Rafael, The New Parkway, and The Roxie celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. But most of their programs centered on documentaries. But why not celebrate the anniversary with a series of fictitious … Continue reading Before Armstrong: Moon Missions from Méliès to Kubrick

A very young thief, a romantic triangle, & the “Black Woodstock”: What I saw this weekend at BAMPFA

I caught three very good, but very different, films at the BAMPFA this weekend. The Traveler (1974) Friday night, BAMPFA started its new series, Abbas Kiarostami: Life as Art, with this touching story reminiscent of François Truffaut's 400 Blows. Kiarostami (1940–2016) was one of Iran's most important and influential filmmakers, and this massive series will run … Continue reading A very young thief, a romantic triangle, & the “Black Woodstock”: What I saw this weekend at BAMPFA

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Rolling Thunder Revue, Last Black Man in SF, Rosenda, The Vikings, & The Woman in the Window

I didn't see a single movie in my European vacation. I was tempted to see The Dead Don't Die in a cinema club across the street from our Airbnb, but it was dubbed into Italian. Then, as soon as I got home, I dived into previewing the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. It wasn't until … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Rolling Thunder Revue, Last Black Man in SF, Rosenda, The Vikings, & The Woman in the Window

Welles, Lang, Kobayashi & Rock ‘n’ Roll: BAMPFA’s summer schedule

The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive's summer program offers popular classics and little-known works. And, since it's the BAMPFA, it includes a lot of films you might want to see. Since it's the PFA, every movie must be part of a series. Here are the nine series starting in the summer: Julio Bracho and Mexican … Continue reading Welles, Lang, Kobayashi & Rock ‘n’ Roll: BAMPFA’s summer schedule

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Police Story 1 & 2, Human Desire, & Cool Hand Luke

I generally like to cleanse my cinematic palate after the SFFilm Festival with an escapist Hollywood movie. But since I've only seen four of the 21 blockbusters that came before Avengers: Endgame, I decided to watch two newly-restored Hong Kong action flicks. Of course, those weren't all I've seen after the festival. B+ Police Story … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Police Story 1 & 2, Human Desire, & Cool Hand Luke