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Made in San Francisco, California.

Cinematic walls

05.26.20 Posted in Movies by

It’s fascinating to watch what changes in times of crisis. Examples are legion from the past ten weeks but the over-the-top direct to TV film releases turns an entire industry on its head. While Netflix and others have been doing some of this now it’s the movie theaters getting in on the action. Just in […]

If you bitch long enough

02.10.20 Posted in Movies by

The people in charge listen. That or the world changes of its own accord. The Criterion Channel is now featuring Wim Wenders’ magnum opus, a 287 minute version of Until the End of the World that hadn’t been available in the US. It comes along with a short documentary on Nick Cave recording his contribution […]

Giant fluffy puppies, soccer, and Ronaldo

12.12.19 Posted in Movies, Uncategorized by

All of that and more in Diamantino, a gigantic satire of Portugal and its star number 7 now available on Criterion. Perhaps this marks a new step in their evolution as a streaming service, over the top distributor for films which fall through the cracks. It seems like yesterday but Netflix used to occupy a […]

Revisiting Apocalypse Now

08.26.19 Posted in Movies by

Watching what is billed as the final cut of Apocalypse Now is a revelatory experience. It puts watching movies on TV to shame and shrugs off 99% of any other cinema that I’ve seen in recent years. The level of craftsmanship, engagement with the theme, everything about it screams cinema – it really does define […]

Tarantino tales

08.23.19 Posted in Movies by

Welcome to yet another elaborate Tarantino American revenge fantasy which does double duty as a fantasy of the white studio system coming through the 60’s intact. Once Upon a Time in …. Hollywood is simultaneously incredibly engaging film making and morally dubious nostalgia. As with all of his movies the premise is very straightforward: TV […]

War dramas

08.07.19 Posted in Movies by

  Rewatching Platoon and Casualties of War back-to-back is a contrast in cinematic style wrapping thematic continuities. They’re really quite disconcerting social mirrors that moralize without much self consciousness. To get the purely technical elements out of the way first. Brian DePalma’s Casualties of War is clearly more in control and mannered. All those years […]

Hockney plays himself

08.06.19 Posted in Art, Movies by

I recently saw A Bigger Splash in the theater. It’s a new 4k restoration hitting art house screens around the country that follows David Hockney and his circle in the 70’s. It’s a semi-fictional / semi-documentarian film about Hockney’s break up with a lover and England. It’s easily one of the strangest things I’ve seen […]

Pastiche cinema

04.19.19 Posted in Movies by

I only managed to catch one movie at the San Francisco Film Festival this year and it was a doozy. Project Gutenberg sounded like a great way to dip back into Hong Kong cinema – all the crazy action and concepts that I used to spend hours watching at the Great Star Theater on Jackson […]

Manhattan plays itself

02.04.19 Posted in Movies by

Last night the first episode of Russian Doll impressed for a number of reasons (concept, Natasha Lyonne, homeless girlfriend actress) but I was really struck by just how definitive New York City is as a location. The light, the streetscape, the whole milieu is indelible. The topic has probably been subconsciously lurking as the latest […]

Film in the digital era (Episode…..)

10.29.18 Posted in Media, Movies by

The news that FilmStruck is closing down isn’t exactly surprising but it does strike a chord because, aside from MUBI, it was one of the only streaming services to focus on curating movies outside of the mainstream. If you go to iTunes, Netflix, or Amazon you’ll see plenty of movies on offer but most of […]