Women, Obsession, and other things: Upcoming at the PFA, Castro, and New Mission

A few juicy items coming up in August: Almodóvar at the PFA The Pacific Film Archive has already started the series Women's Troubles: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar, and you've already missed Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (unless you didn't). But there's plenty of other great movies in this series of pictures … Continue reading Women, Obsession, and other things: Upcoming at the PFA, Castro, and New Mission

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

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