Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bluray Tuesday: Featuring Offerings, Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle & Images

March 20h 2018

It's that time if week again, Bluray Tuesday. First up today is 80's horror film Offerings. I've never seen this but it's released today for the first time on bluray and it sounds right up my alley, so it's a definite pickup for me. Next up from Arrow Video is fantasy horror Images for the first time on bluray with new bonus material. Scream Factory releases Nightmare at Noon and Rockula, both on Bluray for the first time. Takashi Miike's cult classic Ichi the Killer hits shelves today from Well Go USA. It's remastered and comes with a cool slip cover. The biggest release today is the sequel to 1995's Jumanji titled Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle. I was skeptical (still am) on this one due to loving the original as a kid and the trailer for this looks like a bad update but I have heard numerous good things about this film so I'm looking forward to giving it a chance. Best Buy will carry an exclusive 4K steelbook on this one. Closing out the week are the final film in the Pitch Perfect trilogy Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing and indie horror film Delirium. So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Offerings: Amazon - $17.99

Ten years after he was pushed down a well, a young man kills off the neighborhood bullies who tormented him and leaves their body parts as presents for the one girl who was kind to him.

Offerings (Blu-ray) 

Images (1972):  Amazon - $25.99

A pregnant children’s author suspects her husband of having an affair. While holidaying in Ireland, her mental state becomes increasingly unstable resulting in paranoia, hallucinations and visions of a doppelgΓ€nger.

Images (Blu-ray) 

Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle:  Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Blu-ray) 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $32.99

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 4K (Blu-ray) 

Pitch Perfect 3: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $22.99

After the highs of winning the world championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Pitch Perfect 3 (Blu-ray) 

Pitch Perfect 3 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $27.99

Pitch Perfect 3 (Blu-ray) 

Ichi The Killer: Amazon - $17.99

Welcome to a world where violence is a virtue and depravity is a way of life. This is the underside of Shinjuku, and the Home of Kakihara, a sadistic Yakuza killer. He relentlessly tears apart the underworld searching for the man who killed his boss. The mastermind behind the plot is Jijii, an ex-cop bent on turning the gangsters of Japan against one another. His trump card is a physically powerful lunatic who is constantly on the verge of snapping. This madman is Ichi, the killer, and him and Kakihara, the streets will run red with blood.

Ichi the Killer (Blu-ray) 

Downsizing: Amazon - $19.99
4K: Amazon - $24.99

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Downsizing (Blu-ray) 

Downsizing 4K (Blu-ray) 

Nightmare at Noon (1988): Amazon - $19.99

Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through.

Nightmare at Noon (Blu-ray) 

Rockula (1990): Amazon - $22.99

Rockula is about a male vampire who lost his lady love centuries ago. She was killed by a pirate with a rhinestone peg leg, wielding a large ham bone. Our hero, the vampire, did nothing to save her. So he is now cursed to watch her be born again in another life, and then watch her die, strangely enough by a pirate with a rhinestone peg leg, wielding you-know-what. Now, in 1990, he has, he suspects, his last chance to try to save her instead of watching get clubbed over and over again down through the years. Oh, and he becomes a rock star in the process.
Rockula (Blu-ray) 

The Vanishing of Sidney Hall: Amazon - $20.99

An enigmatic detective embarks on a cross-country search for a once-prominent author who's mysteriously disappeared after a string of dangerous arsons have targeted his celebrated but controversial first novel.
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Blu-ray) 

Delirium: Amazon - $19.99

A young man is challenged to reach the doorstep of a supposedly haunted house. When he doesn't return, his friends must go in after him. They make horrific discoveries about the house's violent history.

Delirium (Blu-ray) 

 -The Impostor

Monday, March 19, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Unsane, Drag Me To Hell, Devil and the Deep

We are on the cusp of festival and convention season everyone! But before we can get there, we have an eclectic week filled with new, nostalgic, and vintage films. Although I'm not exactly sure where Drag Me to Hell falls on the spectrum, I'm excited to watch in on a big Terror Tuesday screen tomorrow!

Steven Soderbergh's new film Unsane hits theatres at the end of this week, and hopefully one of the early Thursday shows is close enough for those interested to attend. This film looks... well, absolutely insane! After seeing the trailer once in theatres I averted my eyes every time following, because I want to remember as little of it as possible. I'm very excited to go into this film as blind and unassuming as possible and getting lost in it. 

The Balboa adds another addition of AniMondays to the books with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie at 7:30 tonight, and hosts a live band this Wednesday. Any Terry Malts fans reading this should check it out!

Last but certainly not least, this weekend is our first film festival, the Unnamed Footage Festival. Hopefully you are familiar with the name, as it has been our lives for a couple of months now. And I hope some of you can make it out!

Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 22nd (1hr 37min)
Opens Friday 23rd
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 20th @ 10pm (1hr 39min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs the wrath of a malevolent gypsy by refusing to grant her an extension on her home loan. Determined to impress her boss and get a much-needed promotion at work, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) lays down the law when mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) literally comes begging for mercy at her feet. In retaliation for being publicly shamed, Mrs. Ganush places the dreaded curse of the Lamia on her unfortunate target, transforming Christine's life into a waking nightmare. Her skeptical boyfriend, Clay (Justin Long), casually brushing off her disturbing encounters as mere coincidence, Christine attempts to escape eternal damnation by seeking out the aid of seer Rham Jas (Dileep Rao ). But Christine's time is fast running out, and unless she's able to break the curse, she'll be tormented by a demon for three days before literally being dragged to hell. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Wednesday 21st @ 7pm (1hr 54min)
Sci-Fi/ Thriller (IMDB)
Once more, a wise-guy teenager tries to prove he's smarter than any adult-and nearly destroys the whole world in the process-in WarGames. Computer-game aficionado Matthew Broderick inadverently taps into a hush-hush Pentagon computer, then proceeds to inaugurate his favorite game, "Global Thermonuclear War". What we know, but Broderick doesn't, is that the Pentagon, hoping to eliminate the chancy "human element" in the event of an actual war, has given its computer total, irreversable control over the launching of nuclear weaponry. Broderick and government official Dabney Coleman race against time to reverse the computer's resolve to send bombers to Russia. WarGames scored a hit, especially with teenage filmgoers.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 21st @ 10pm (1hr 36min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Sean Patrick Flanery plays Tom, the manager of a department store in Manhattan. He may or may not be falling in love against his will with heiress Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Tom resists Amanda, who has just inherited a restaurant, because he believes she might have magical powers. Mark Tarlov makes his directorial debut after producing such films as Copycat and The Man Who Knew Too Little.


Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Monday 19th @ 7:30pm (1hr 55min)
Crime/ Thriller (Google)
A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Midnight Madness

Friday 23rd @ 11:55pm (1hr 33min)
Action/ Adventure/ Comedy (IMDB)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is the live-action, feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. After prolonged exposure to radiation, four teenage turtles--Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello--have mutated into ninjas and have begun living in the sewers of a large city. Under the guidance of a ninja master Splinter the Rat and television reporter April, the Turtles embark on a mission to run crime out of the city and battle the warlord Shredder. The Turtles have been designed by Jim Henson Productions and effortlessly fit into the live-action surroundings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th @ 6:45pm (1hr 54min)
Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd @ 7pm
Art House/ Drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between hiswork as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the twoart forms to which he had dedicated his life. Setting out toreconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph istaken, Kiarostami selected twenty-four still images, most of them starklandscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife, and digitally animated them into subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minutevignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement,perception, and time. A sustained meditation on the process of imagemaking, 24 Frames is a graceful and elegiac farewell from one of thegiants of world cinema.

Pre-Code Double Feature

Devil and the Deep (1932)
Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st @ 7:30pm (1hr 18min)
Drama (IMDB)
A crazed British submarine commander (Charles Laughton) rams a ship to kill his wife (Tallulah Bankhead) and her lover, his new lieutenant (Gary Cooper).


The Woman Accused (1933)
Tuesday & Wednesday @ 6:05pm & 9pm (1he 13min)
Drama (IMDB)
During a three-day pleasure cruise, a murder victim's friend (John Halliday) tries to trick a new bride (Nancy Carroll) into admitting her guilt.

It's almost here guys... Two solid days of found footage horror, POV cinema, and faux documentary at the Balboa Theatre!
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Overlook Theatre Reviews: Steel Dawn

5 of 7 viewers "Liked" "Steel Dawn" (2018, USA)
Creature reviews have been minimally altered in an attempt to maintain their voice:

Lord Battle - "I saw Steel Dawn for the first time 10 years ago during a post-apocalyptic binge and remembered it as one of the better ones. I think a combination of costumes, set pieces, non-epic storyline, and mutants bursting out of the desert left me with fond memories. This time around (with my heightened expectations) I was left feeling a little bored. Don't get me wrong, this was amazing to watch in a group, and I would have never made the Star Wars Episode I connections had it not been for the Wandering Panda yelling about it every 5 minutes... I just can't imagine watching this film alone like I did a decade ago. Oh, and Patrick Swayze fights a mercenary that looks like he played guitar for Ratt!" - 3.5 Stars

Math Mage - "Patrick Swayze battles mutants in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland*. It's as awesome as it sounds, though still is not super important and there isn't much of a new beginning (as would be implied by "Dawn")." - 4 Stars *It is implied that there was a time "before the sandstorms came" but it is not specified that it happens after our world is destroyed so it could be a different fantasy world.

Huntress - "Steel Dawn was filled with, questionable fashion choices, lots of memorable supporting characters, and Patrick Swayze who stole the show. It was set in an awesome fantasy-desert world but much like its surroundings felt a bit dry at times. Still, this is a film that deserves to be uncovered." - 3.5 Stars

Dabbles - "Post-apocalyptic Patrick Swayze. Enough said. It is definitely something to see." - 5 Stars

Wandering Panda - "Patrick Swayze. That's all... the reason I voted for this movie out of 5 others mainly because of (PS) however this movie is way more than that. And by its self a really good watch. I liked the desert wasteland setting and fantasy aspect of this movie. If you like D&D or seen the original Star Wars you'll get a kick out of this. Thank god for random movies that are old and somewhat forgotten. Because this movie is an eye-opener for me to not judge a movie by the year it's made because that's how a hidden gem gets discovered." - 4 Stars

Harvey Spectre - "A beefy hodgepodge... more like STEEL YAWN!" - 1 Star

Eddie the Gamer Ghoul - *Fell Asleep* - Default 2 Stars

The Overlook Theatre Final Rating*
(Below is for after you've seen the film)

This past Thursday marks the return of an old Overlook tradition where the creatures pass around a stack of movies (in various formats) and select two they'd like to see. Math Mage then totals the votes and announces (usually with a grumble) which film we'd be watching. Steel Dawn won the vote this time and, after looking at the creature reviews, only because Patrick Swayze was on the cover! Honestly, there isn't too much to say about our screening other than it was fun, so below I'm going to share some of our favorite Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace stills from Steel Dawn.

Here we see Swayze brave the barren sands of Tatooine. The body in the foreground is a mutant he beat up.

Patrick soon stumbles upon a moister farm. This farm is particularly effective as there is a secret door leading to a hidden natural water supply underground. I should mention that I love the inclusion of hidden passages and such in films, and Steel Dawn aka Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace really caught me off guard with this one. I loved it.

Meet young Anakin. He's stopped working on his pod-racer to alert his mom of a wandering stranger approaching.

Many a director has talked about the way hair can date a film...

We skip to the third act of the film and find Anakin's pod-racer is more of a crappy wind-cart..? Note the blades on the wheels and two spears ready to be grabbed and thrown.

Lastly, we see Mad Max square up with a crappy wind-cart rider who is totally equipped with nunchucks. Oh yeah, there was a dog I forgot to mention.

- Lord Battle

The Overlook Theatre materialized in a residence for a special screening on 3/1/2018
*Based on the star ratings turned in by character reviewers, others viewed and got to "Dislike" or "Like" but that does not affect the rating.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Unnamed Footage Festival Lineup: Just the Shorts!

By now you guys probably know that we intend to show twelve features, paired with twelve shorts, but which titles are paired together is still a floating question. Until now!

This is a peek into the mood setting shorts we'll be screening in the order that they will appear in the program. Many of these are what I would call experimental or even art house, several were made locally, and at least one was made specifically for this festival. 

Remember, pre-sale weekend and day passes are available through Film Freeway, individual tickets will be available the day of their screening. We hope you'll join us on this journey!

~Saturday 24th~

Saturday 24th @ 11am (9min)
A bio scientist becomes trapped in a testing lab when a deadly Rage virus is accidentally released. It's then a race against time to find his girlfriend and escape the lab before the Rage destroys everything in its path.

Followed by Cold Ground


Special Feature (2018)
Saturday 24th @ 12:55pm (11min)
The filming of a special features extra for a film.

Followed by The Next Big Thing


Saturday 24th @ 3pm (8min)
What are The Ingress Tapes? The ramblings of a violent fantasist? Or the taped confession of a multiple murderer who was never caught? Documentary or Fiction? Watch The Ingress Tapes and then wish you hadn't.

Followed by Butterfly Kisses


Two Guys Break into Thorp Park (2014)
Saturday 24th @ 4:55pm (3min)

Followed by Descent into Darkness: My European Nightmare


Internet Story (2010)
Saturday 24th @ 7pm (10min)
A series of shocking events unfolds when a young man creates a public treasure hunt for his own amusement and a video blogger decides to pursue the riddles across country.

Followed by Unfriended


Life in a Datsun (1998)
Saturday 24th @ 9pm (7min)
A cutting edge documentary about the Datsun 120Y. As found on a VHS tape from 1999.

Followed by Long Pigs


~Sunday 25th~

Recluse (2017)
Sunday 25th @ 11am (9min)
After finding a video camera, a young man recites the events that lead him to be trapped in a room with a ferocious demon waiting just outside the door. But can his story be trusted?

Followed by Boots on the Ground


Sunday 25th @ 1pm (8min)
In this found footage POV short, a man unboxes a James Franco doll and it holds a strong sexual power over him.

Followed by Be My Cat: A Film for Anne


Trip to the Moon (2016)
Sunday 25th @ 2:55pm (11min)
A 10 minute film made from 16mm found footage of NASA- about the human aspect of space travel and life in general.

Followed by The Road Movie


Sunday 25th @ 4:35pm (3min)
2 ghouls find a cell phone on a corpse.
Starring actual ghouls doing ghoulish things.

Followed by The Triangle


The Cop Cam (2016)
Sunday 25th @ 6:50pm (3min)
A police officer is called out to an abandoned house. His body cam records everything.

Followed by #Screamers


Sunday 25th @ 8:45pm (1min)
A giant spider lurks in the forest.

Followed by WNUF Halloween Special


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