Sexual Abuse: The filmgoer’s Dilemma

Sexual predators in the movie business (and elsewhere) are finally getting the attention they deserve…as opposed to the attention they want. The Harvey Weinstein scandal has punched a hole in the culture and let some light in. For the moment at least, the entertainment industry isn't safe for sexual predators. In addition to Weinstein, Kevin … Continue reading Sexual Abuse: The filmgoer’s Dilemma

What’s Screening: September 22 – 28

Overly-protective parents, exceptionally dumb teenagers, Jerry Lewis, French mimes, Buster Keaton, and a whole lot of Lina Wertmüller lights up Bay Area screens this week. Also, Sunday is Art House Theater Day. Bay Area theaters involved include the Elmwood, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Rafael, Lark, and the Roxie. Check each theater to see … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 22 – 28

Blu-ray Review: Annie Hall

There are romantic comedies, and then there's Annie Hall. It's about a romance, and it's definitely a comedy, but Woody Allen's masterpiece works so far outside the genre that it feels like something entirely different. Annie Hall tracks a very realistic relationship--mostly in chronological order. We watch as up-and-coming standup comic Alvy Singer (Allen) and … Continue reading Blu-ray Review: Annie Hall

Six New Classic Blu-rays, Sort of from Fox/MGM

20th Century-Fox recently released six classic MGM films on Blu-ray. Except that none of them are originally from 20th Century-Fox, or MGM. Three of the films were originally released by United Artists: Annie Hall, Manhattan, and The Apartment. United Artists and MGM merged in the early 1980s, and for a long time was called MGM/UA. … Continue reading Six New Classic Blu-rays, Sort of from Fox/MGM

What’s Screening: January 27–February 2

We’re off to see Harry Belafonte, Captain Kirk, and two black birds. And if you find yourself reading this newsletter over and over again, that’s because it’s Groundhog Day. In festival news, Noir City continues through Sunday. And the Mostly British Film Festival opens Thursday. B Sing Your Song, Roxie, opens Friday. Harry Belafonte is … Continue reading What’s Screening: January 27–February 2