Movies I’ve Seen Recently: Lolita, A story from Chikamatsu, Cluny Brown, & The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Here are four more movies I've recently discovered or rediscovered. A Lolita (1962), FilmStruck I'm not sure if Kubrick's take on Nabokov is a very funny tragedy or a very sad comedy, but it's certainly about reprehensible people. James Mason carries the tragic vibe as the intellectual obsessed with a teenage girl but who cares only for himself.  … Continue reading Movies I’ve Seen Recently: Lolita, A story from Chikamatsu, Cluny Brown, & The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

What’s Screening: August 31 – September 6

This must be my thinnest Bayflicks Newsletter ever. One film festival, two recommended revivals, two continuing engagements, and one frequently-revived classics. So, to add some heft, I'm adding another section just for this week (and maybe occasionally in the future) called Still in theaters. These are for good independent films that opened more than a … Continue reading What’s Screening: August 31 – September 6

What’s Screening: July 27 – August 2

Three new movies this week, two of which are about the dangers of excessive money. Also, a religious double bill, surreal sci-fi, journalists, filmmakers, and giant worms. And only two film festivals. Festivals Modern Cinema/Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood closes Sunday. Read my preview. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues throughout the week and beyond. … Continue reading What’s Screening: July 27 – August 2