Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Picnic | Black Orpheus | Princess Mononoke & Images

What can I say about these four movies as a group? I can tell you that they were all made in the second half of the last century. They have sound and they're all in color. And finally, I watched (or re-watched) all of them recently and had never written about them before. A- Picnic … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Picnic | Black Orpheus | Princess Mononoke & Images

What’s leaving Criterion at the end of June – the complete version

Sorry about yesterday's blunder. I accidentally posted an unfinished version of this article. Here's the complete post. Several Marx Brothers will disappear from the Criterion Channel at the end of the month…and that's no laughing matter. Some serious films will disappear as well. Here are just a few of the films that will no longer … Continue reading What’s leaving Criterion at the end of June – the complete version

What’s Screening: April 13 – 19

Women by Bergman and Altman, Eisenstein's love letter to Stalin, Jack Nicholson's first starring role, the movie that made Christopher Nolan famous, and the last few days of the SFFILM Festival. Festivals The San Francisco International Film Festival, the only festival running this week, continues through Tuesday, which is kind of weird, because the closing … Continue reading What’s Screening: April 13 – 19

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Force, The Player, & A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Here are three other movies I've seen. A The Force (2017), California Theater (Berkeley) No, this not a Star Wars movie, but a cinema verite documentary about the Oakland Police Department, shot over a period of two years. There's no narration, and if anything was staged for the movie cameras - even an interview - I … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Force, The Player, & A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum