I read the November-December flyer for the Balboa Theater with mixed emotions, equal parts elation and dread. There are certain kinds of movies that I will willingly -- nay, eagerly -- cross the city for: silents with live musical accompaniment, film noir, French film noir, pre-Code movies of the late '20s and early '30s. If they're uncommon enough, I feel compelled to see them. And here was an entire pre-Code series, called Sin in Soft Focus, three weeks long and with a different double bill every day, drawn from the Paramount archives, featuring Marlene Dietrich (five films), Mae West (three films), and the Marx Brothers (three films), along with Cary Grant as a singing... More >>>
Shanghai Dumpling Shop is bare bones, but
its magic is right there in its name.