February is here! And that means that we can get into all the great film festivals that will be taking place in the next couple of weeks. One of them, the San Francisco Indie Film Festival, started yesterday and there are a lot of movies to highlight for this weekend. The other big festival I'm interested in, Modern Cinema, will kick off next week.
Today is the opening day for the third installment of the Ring franchise, Rings. Currently, this movie is getting hated on from all sides, but I actually enjoyed it. So check it out at your own discretion.
Opens Friday 3rd (1hr 57min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a movie within the movie that no one has ever seen before.
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th @ 11:55pm (1hr 57min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Mars Attacks! (1993)
Friday 3rd @ 10pm (1hr 50min)
Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.
All Screening at the
Friday 3rd @ 9:30pm (1hr 21min)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
A hard-boiled love triangle between a private eye and two bloodsucking dames.
Saturday 4th @ 2:45pm (1hr 32min)
A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir's reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life, even absorbing his dreams, until finally she threatens his very existence.
Saturday 4th @ 5pm (1hr 35min)
Sunday 5th @ 12:30pm
Adventure/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Two young women on the lam for a murder they didn't commit become lovers, and Detroit's Most Wanted.
Saturday 4th @ 7:15pm (1hr 22min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Romance (IMDB)
A dog groomer in Hollywood aspires to be more than a dog groomer in Hollywood. Michael Pinkney is a man struggling with his lower income lifestyle in the shadow of the film industry. His job is degrading, his home is infested with rats and his mind constantly wanders into a lo-fi dreamscape that mirrors his analog video experiments. Michael's menial routine spirals out of control when he meets Cora, the girl of his dreams. On their first date his greatest hopes and worst fears are realized as they journey down a dark, twisted path that descends into surreal chaos. The boundaries between reality, fantasy, art, romantic-comedy and horror collide in an explosion of distorted video art and psychological insanity.
Saturday 4th @ 9:30pm
Action/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
A cerebral revenge film about two adopted siblings who fall in love, and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father.
Sunday 5th @ 2:45pm (1hr 25min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
7th grader Thomas lives in a small city in Denmark. He's in love with the schools tough girl, Vikki and to get close to her, he has to help her and a gang of older boys blow up their teachers bike. The head of the gang is Vikki's boyfriend.
Sunday 5th @ 7:16pm (55min)
Documentary/ Found Footage (IMDB)
A family seemingly living the American Dream leaves behind a digital trail of deceit on the internet as they obsessively chronicle their shopping trips and vacations and the mountains of debt piling up. Compiled from over 100 hours of innocuous home videos on YouTube, Fleischer-Camp creates his own take on ‘found footage,’ cobbling together a fiction from film never intended as anything but family record. -Bears Fonte
Sunday 5th @ 9:30pm (1hr 28min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A lone scientist maintains an underground bunker for the coming global nuclear disaster. But after becoming prematurely isolated, he slowly begins to question his own reality and whether he is truly alone. Director Richard Mundy's immersive psychological thriller is a tense and unsettling nightmare you'll never be sure you've woken up from. -Joshua Moore