Well guys, we did it. We had our first event over the weekend, and I hope some of you were there for it 😊 Depending on how you look at it, the Unnamed Footage Festival was kind of the gateway into the film festival season, seeing as the San Francisco International Film Festival will be starting up in just over a week, and will be closely followed by Monsterpalooza. That's not a film festival, but you get what I mean.
But before I get ahead of myself again, let's see what this week will be presenting us with! The most talked about title is easily Ready Player One, which starts its theatrical run in just two days. One of the more interesting of these screenings will be at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theatre. They will have the movie screening on their biggest screen in 70mm. Get your tickets today!
Opening This Week
Early Screenings Wednesday 28th (2hrs 20min)
Opens Thursday 29th
In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. OASIS creator James Halliday left his immense fortune and control of the Oasis to the winner of a contest designed to find a worthy heir. When unlikely hero Wade Watts conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-known as the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.
Tuesday 27th @ 10pm (1hr 31min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Once again, it's horror on a college campus. The difference between this and other entries in the slice-n-dice genre is that bloodflow is minimal and most of the horror occurs off-screen. That is not to say that there are no queasy acts of violence though. Set just before April Fools Day, the story centers on a trio of sorority pledges who attend a dance held at a haunted frat house where two decades before a pledge lost his head in a hazing gone awry. During the party, the dead frat boy rises up from his gravesite (located in the backyard), takes over the body of one of the girl pledges and embarks upon an evening of bloody, inventive revenge using a variety of tools that include but are not limited too garden utensils, electric wires and even a guillotine.
Wednesday 28th @ 10:35pm (1hr 54min)
Drama/ Indie Film (Google)
Free-spirited Lulu (Melanie Griffith) sets her sights on uptight banker Charles (Jeff Daniels) for a little bit of fun. Their relationship starts off simple enough with a tryst and some modest adventure, but Lulu wants Charles to pose as her husband at a high school reunion. It seems harmless enough to Charles, but that all changes when Lulu's actual husband, Ray (Ray Liotta), confronts them at the event. Understandably, Ray isn't content to let Charles and Lulu ride off into the sunset.
Bob Le Flambeur (1956)
Wednesday 28th @ 7pm (1hr 38min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Both a tribute to classic American gangster films and the source of inspiration for French New Wave filmmakers, Bob le Flambeur is the first in a series of stylish noirs that Jean-Pierre Melville started in the mid-'50s. Co-scripted by the popular crime writer Auguste Le Breton (Rififi), this is a story of ex-bank robber and compulsive gambler Bob (Roger Duchesne), who plans a heist at the Deauville casino. As in many films of that genre, he assembles a team of old friends and new acquaintances to do the job and is determined to perform it despite all the odds that continue to pile up before him. The overall tone is admirably lighthearted, however, and despite many stylistic and thematic references to American caper movies, the whole enterprise remains genuinely French. "This is a kind of film that we want to make!" exclaimed the young and rebellious François Truffaut back in 1955. Jean-Luc Godard, in his turn, acknowledged Melville's influence, giving him an extended cameo in Breathless. ~ Yuri German, Rovi
Wednesday 28th @ 4:45pm & 8:45pm (2hrs 2min)
Crime/ Thriller (IMDB)
Jules Dassin's second European production following his HUAC blacklisting from Hollywood is considered the first heist film, a sub-genre that would later include the likes of everything from The Asphalt Jungle to The Killing to Reservoir Dogs. The film follows the exploits of four thieves--Tony (Jean Servais), Jo (Carl Mohner), Cesar (Dassin himself, under the pseudonym "Perlo Vita") and Mario (Robert Manuel)--who hatch a scheme to rob a Paris jewelry store.
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Play It As It Lays (1972)
Thursday 29th @ 6:30pm (1hr 39min)
Classics/ Drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
Based on the novel by Joan Didion, this film chronicles the rise and fall of one woman's acting career. Model Maria Wyeth is discovered by director Carter Lang, who marries her. When Lang divorces her and her best friend commits suicide, she has a nervous breakdown.
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Thursday 29th @ 8:30pm (2hrs 27min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Wednesday 28th @ 7pm (1hr 25min)
Drama/ History/ War (IMDB)
Quiet Tom leaves home and enters the world of war in the British Army with its anxious days of marching and training and waiting only to meet his quick and violent death on the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.