Great films, strange streams: The Crowd, Lone Star, & Sparticus

Not all great films get the home theater treatment they deserve. Here are three terrific films getting better home presentations…although they still need improvement. The Crowd (1928) Last year, I wrote an article about great films not available at home, and I put The Crowd first. This isn't a lost work, but a masterpiece kept … Continue reading Great films, strange streams: The Crowd, Lone Star, & Sparticus

In Bay Area Virtual, Drive-in, & Hard-top Cinema: October 16 – 22

A few Bay Area hardtop movie theaters are opening slightly; and some are offering classics. I'm not sure I'm ready to try one. Also, three virtual film festivals close with the end of the weekend. I can also recommend several films shown in drive-ins. Virtual Festivals CAAMFest FORWARD closes Sunday The Mill Valley Film Festival … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual, Drive-in, & Hard-top Cinema: October 16 – 22

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: Sept 24 – Oct 1

Talk about Kubrick, or go to the drive-in with Billy Wilder or Martin Scorsese. Also, a farewell to a great American in virtual cinema. In Memorial A- RBG (2018), BAMPFA, Cerrito, Elmwood, New Mission, Roxie There's nothing objective about this documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The filmmakers clearly believed that the Supreme Court's progressive hero … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema & Drive-ins: Sept 24 – Oct 1

In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: June 26 – July 2

This week, through closed Bay Area movie theaters and into your home, you've got Stanley Kubrick, Ray Harryhausen, Spike Lee, Charlie Chaplin, Ella Fitzgerald, and some talented artists you've never heard of. And a few conversations over the Internet. Virtual Festivals Frameline continues through Sunday. Read my preview. Charlie Chaplin Days opens today and closes … Continue reading In Bay Area Virtual Cinema: June 26 – July 2