What’s Screening: June 23 – 29

Samurai, dancers, Mary Pickford, and alienated teenagers light up Bay Area movie screens this week. Also two film festivals. Festivals Frameline continues through Sunday The Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival opens today and runs through Sunday New films opening A Maudie, Embarcadero, opens Friday Here's a love story, set on the beautiful Nova Scotia coast, about … Continue reading What’s Screening: June 23 – 29

The cure for another superhero summer: What’s coming up at the Pacific Film Archive

Going to the movies in the summer usually means brainless superhero movies. But thanks to the Pacific Film Archive, you can have far better options. Yes, I know that we're all supposed to call it BAMPFA now, but I prefer the traditional name, or PFA for short. Whatever you call it, UC Berkeley's art house … Continue reading The cure for another superhero summer: What’s coming up at the Pacific Film Archive

What’s Screening: February 24–March 1

A short newsletter this week. Should that win an Oscar? Festival fans will have to drive down south in mid-week. Cinequest opens Tuesday in San Jose. Oscar Ceremony, Sunday, various theaters. Why be alone when you discover which tribute to silent films wins the bald guy. If you want to see the big show on … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 24–March 1

The Challenges of Digital Projection, Part 1: The Theaters

Esthetically speaking, I see no problem with digital projection. Under the best of conditions, 2K DCP projection looks better than 35mm film--and 4K looks better than 2K. An incompetent projectionist can ruin a digital presentation, of course, but with film, they can ruin the presentation and the print. As transitions go, digital hardly changes the … Continue reading The Challenges of Digital Projection, Part 1: The Theaters

Two By Howard Hawks

I attended the first night of the Pacific Film Archive's Howard Hawks retrospective last night. The opening pictures, The Crowd Roars and Tiger Shark, made an odd choice. Made in 1932, soon after his classic Scarface, these are not amongst his best work, his earliest work, or his best early work. They're merely pretty good … Continue reading Two By Howard Hawks