Monday, May 29, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Hey Monster, Hands Off My City!, The Shining Backwards and Forwards, City of the Living Dead

Welcome back everyone, and happy Memorial Day! We have some cool movies coming our way this week, so let's get right into it.
Mondays are generally a bit on the quiet side, but today is very much the opposite. Jurassic Park, The Shining Backwards and Forwards, and S is for Stanley are all screening one time only tonight. All are very different films, so you have a lot of choices. Starting tomorrow, Hey Monster, Hands Off My City kicks off a short run at the 4 Star Theatre. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. I had never heard of this movie prior to seeing it on the theatre's site, but everything from the name and poster to it being set in San Francisco caught my attention, so I definitely want to check that out this week. Also this week, the SF Doc Fest kicks off its two week long programming, which will be spread across the Alamo Drafthouse, Roxie Theatre, and Vogue Theatre. I'll keep an eye on the programming but if you want to skim ahead, you can find it here.

Tuesday 30th to Friday 2nd (1hr 24min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Horror (IMDB)
This Fellini-inspired Comedy Film directed by Michael Meehan, features a large comic cast, and stars SF Comedians Johnny Steele and Reggie Steele as SFPD homicide detectives, who find half eaten bodies turning up all over San Francisco.

Followed by a Q&A with Director Michael Meehan After Every Screening

Monday 29th @ 7pm (2hrs 7min)
Adventure/ SciFi/ Thriller (IMDB)
Almost 25 years after its initial release, the massive Tyrannosaurus-sized imprint Steven Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK left on Hollywood (and, indeed, the movie-going world at large) remains impossible to ignore. And, thanks in part to both Spielberg's trademark knack for “big picture” storytelling and the still impressive visual effects brought to life by the legendary Stan Winston, we think it also remains essential viewing for anyone who calls themselves a movie fan! When iconoclastic billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) creates a gamechanging theme park full of real-life dinosaurs in Costa Rica, he needs to prove to his backers that his amazing discoveries are safe for the general public. And so, with a group of test dummies including jittery math wiz Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), rugged paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill), and energetic paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Hammond sets out to do just that. What could go wrong?!

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 30th @ 10:15pm (1hr 33min)
Splatter/ Horror (Google)
A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Monday 29th @ 6:45pm (1hr 18min)
Documentary (IMDB)
S Is For Stanley is the story of Emilio D'Alessandro, Stanley Kubrick's personal driver. It's also the story of a thirty-year-long friendship, involving the meticulous creation of four absolute cinematic masterpieces, and uniting two individuals apparently worlds apart, each of whom found his own ideal travel companion far from home.

Monday 29th @ 8:30pm (2hrs 26min)
Horror/ Experimental (Google)
It’s simply that, the USA cut of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film overlaid with the visuals reversed, an experiment in alternate projection revealing an array of coincidences and synchronicities. Amplifying Kubrick’s trademark use of symmetry, repetition, mirroring, and doubling, the superimposition is a true psychedelic experience, the titular shining of film made literal, a vision of futures past, somewhere out between magic and madness.

With an Intro by Filmmaker John Fell Ryan
Interview with Room 237 Director Rodney Ascher Before the movie

Cat Power!

Thursday 1st @ 7:30pm (1hr 55min)
Adventure/ Comedy/ Drama (IMDB)
Harry is a seventy-plus Manhattan widower who loses his tiny apartment to the wrecking ball. Accompanied by his pet, an aged cat named Tonto, Harry sets out upon an odyssey to Los Angeles. Throughout the film, Harry makes disappointing stops at the homes of his grown children.


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