by Richard von Busack “You see, Italy is a very poor and weak country, and that’s what makes us so strong” —the Old Man in Catch 22 Watching Totò the clown in the 1960 Mario Monicelli film The Passionate Thief (March 5 and 7 at Pacific Film Archive) means observing someone so good at his […]
By Gary Meyer (Gary Meyer finishes his nostalgic journey through the many ways moviemakers and theater owners have tried to involve audiences beyond the story being told by movies. This week we visit several forms of interactive cinema from low tech to high tech—always creative, and plenty of fun. There are lots of bonuses after […]
by Gary Meyer [Inspired by the multiple release formats for Interstellar, Gary Meyer started to think about the many ways creative filmmakers have tried to redefine the movie-going experience. What started as some thoughts has become a three part article. Read last week’s Part One here.
by Gary Meyer Labor Day, 1975. I had heard so much about this unique little festival in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado after their first year that it seemed I could not miss it. The second festival featured a selection of new international movies and a healthy menu of classics including silents with live […]
by Mike Kaplan (This is the introduction to Mike Kaplan’s book on movie posters with stunning examples. For more details, and to sample the book’s elegant design, visit the website.) Maybe I was born with a poster gene. As a child in Providence, R.I., I’d remove the full-page theater ads announcing a new play or […]
Read three critical perspectives on National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman, 2014), by Lucinda Barnes, Chuck Mobley and Max Goldberg. National Gallery opens at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas, Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, Elmwood in Berkeley, San Jose’s Camera 3 and the Sebastopol Cinemas on Friday, December 19.