In 1956 actor Don Murray exploded onto movie screens as Beauregard “Bo” Decker: the swaggering, handsome, gauche cowboy who romances low-rent chanteuse Marie (played by superstar Marilyn Monroe) in director Joshua Logan’s Technicolor Cinemascope film adaptation of the celebrated William Inge stage play Bus Stop. Continue reading →
The Bay Area is quite a place—certainly, a cultural capital of the world. Take film and food: you would be hard-pressed to keep up with the prodigious pace of film festivals and special film series showing every week; meanwhile, the city abounds with ways to enjoy very tasty and—if that’s your thing—challenging food and drink.
The idea of programming film noir festivals for a century-old San Francisco art theater sounds like a dream of a gigbag and for 99% of the ride it is. But it’s a little bit like being turned loose in a funhouse with no exit because ultimately it can lead to bouts of insomnia and chronic fits of frustration. It can lead to indigestion and other forms of irritability. But in the end it can also remind you that patience and stamina, although usually in short supply, will win the day. Continue reading →