Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Secrets and Lies, Da 5 Bloods, & The Nutty Professor

A Secrets and Lies (1996), Criterion Channel Mike Leigh's unique way of working with actors brings out the best in everyone in this small story of a family in multiple crises. Maurice is doing well as a photographer; he knows how to bring out a smile among his customers. But he's having trouble with his … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Secrets and Lies, Da 5 Bloods, & The Nutty Professor

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The King of Comedy, White Heat, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood, & The Bellboy

Despite the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, I've managed to watch four movies that weren't particularly Jewish. A The King of Comedy (1982) Netflix DVD Martin Scorscee's meditation on celebrity and fandom (written by Paul D. Zimmerman) feels in a strange way like a much less violent Taxi Driver. Like Travis Bickle, Rupert Pupkin (Robert … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The King of Comedy, White Heat, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood, & The Bellboy

What’s Screening: September 22 – 28

Overly-protective parents, exceptionally dumb teenagers, Jerry Lewis, French mimes, Buster Keaton, and a whole lot of Lina Wertmüller lights up Bay Area screens this week. Also, Sunday is Art House Theater Day. Bay Area theaters involved include the Elmwood, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Rafael, Lark, and the Roxie. Check each theater to see … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 22 – 28