THE DOG: Love Is a Dog from Hell

by Dennis Harvey

The Dog  (7 pm) and Dog Day Afternoon  (8:55 pm) screen Thursday, September 11 at the Castro Theatre.

Very well-received at the time, Sidney Lumet’s 1975 Dog Day Afternoon  still personifies for many people what was so great about 1970s “New Hollywood” cinema: a gritty urban crime tale with depth and humor, stressing character over thrills or FX, aimed squarely at adults. Adding additional frisson was the fact that the story, which might have seemed ridiculous in less capable hands, was, in fact, based on a real-life incident. Continue reading

Rebel With a Library: A Quick Scan of Some of the Many Tomes That Touch Upon James Dean

by Johnny Ray Huston

Later this month we reach the 59th anniversary of James Dean’s untimely death, and this week, Pacific Film Archive is presenting new digital restorations of East of Eden , Rebel Without a Cause , and Giant , the canonical trilogy of sorts that define his brief but enduring film career. James Dean is so thoroughly iconic, so intricately woven into the fabric of Western pop culture, that an article-length summation of his life and work would be pure folly. Instead, here are a trio of book-based angles on the actor and the man-myth.  Continue reading