Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Screenings in the Bay (Monday 25th to Sunday 31st): White Chamber, Knife Under Capricorn, The Field Guide to Evil

There are several things I'm excited to check out on this week's Screenings in the Bay lineup, and one of them happens to be tonight (Tuesday, not Monday)! We're taking a much less frequent trip across the bridge to check out The Field Guide to Evil at the New Parkway Theatre at 9pm and following it up with the Weird Wednesday screening of Knife + Heart at the Alamo Drafthouse. Director Yann Gonzalez will be in attendance, so tickets are getting scarce! 

The second half of the week is dominated by the force that is Alfred Hitchcock, as two rounds of double features screen at the beautiful Stanford Theatre Wednesday through Sunday. Overlook contributor Greyranger writes the following about UNDER CAPRICORN:
It's more a romance than a suspense thriller but goddammit, this movie should have been HUGE for director Alfred Hitchcock, returning him as it does to the Gothic milieu of REBECCA and building confidently on the long-take experiments of ROPE. It's one of his most technically assured films, and he's aided immeasurably in its execution by the artfully garish Technicolor photography of Jack Cardiff and an incredibly lightfooted crew of camera operators. The long takes stalk through the manor and draw you in, giving the actors time and space to fully inhabit their characters. (Among other noteworthy scenes, Ingrid Bergman delivers a confession that, at the time, was the longest speech recorded in a feature film - I think it's the finest piece of acting I've ever seen her do, in its breadth and restraint.) The result is one of Hitchcock's most emotionally involving films, a powerful revitalization of the Gothic melodrama that remains absolutely fresh and engaging. 
It is believed that the movie's box office failure was the result of an audience unwilling to follow Hitchcock into non-thriller territory (though its quiet way it's one of his most thrilling films), and/or the public's shunning of Bergman after her affair with Roberto Rossellini became public. Part of me thinks that the failure of this movie either depressed Hitchcock so much that he wound up phoning in STAGE FRIGHT, or that he deliberately phoned that one in as a fuck you to that neglectful audience. I'm pleased that the Stanford is giving it another shot this weekend; they're pairing it with another Hitchcock/Bergman joint, NOTORIOUS, which means you can see one of Hitchcock's acclaimed classics back-to-back with one of his boldest, most undersung works. Hitchcock fans should be nowhere else this weekend.


Opening This Week

Limited Theatres/VD Friday 29th (1hr 29min)
Horror/ Suspense/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on squashing the opposition. A woman (Scottish BAFTA nominee Shauna MacDonald, The Descent) wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian (Oded Fehr) uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information -- information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 26th @ 10pm (1hr 30min)
Horror (IMDB)
Death lurks, and two teenage girls try to figure out where he's heading, in this sequel to the unexpected teen horror hit Final Destination. As Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), the only surviving passenger of the ill-fated Flight 180, waits in a mental institution, certain Death will claim her, Kim (A.J. Cook), who has begun to display precognitive powers, is driving along the highway when she sees a terrible accident in which several cars crash into a logging truck. Moments later, the horrible vision is gone, but Kim is certain she saw an accident that was supposed to happen but didn't...and now Death will track down the souls he meant to take that day who slipped through his fingers.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 27th @ 10pm (1hr 50min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Gay&Lesbian (Rotten Romatoes)
Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.

Tuesday 26th @ 9pm (1hr 57min)
Thursday 28th @ 9:20pm
Horror (IMDB)
This anthology of short films features cinematic renderings of folk tales from eight countries. Nine filmmakers collaborate to provide a global outlook on the dark side of human nature by drawing from the storytelling traditions of Hungary, Austria, India, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Germany, and the United States of America.

Film School Drop Outs Present

Wednesday 27th @ 9pm (1hr 22min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Described by director Gregg Araki as "A Beverly Hills 90210 episode on acid" (with no suggestions of what it might be cut with), Nowhere is a companion piece with Araki's previous meditations on youth gone wild in the 1990s, Totally F***ed Up and The Doom Generation -- Araki's self-described "teen apocalypse trilogy." Nowhere follows 18-year-old Dark Smith (James Duval) as he goes through a fairly typical day in Los Angeles. Dark needs, but rarely gets, emotional support from his girlfriend Mel (Rachel True). Mel, however, is also involved with a girl named Lucifer (Kathleen Robertson), while Dark moons over hunky Montgomery (Nathan Bexton). Dark's best friend Cowboy (Guillermo Diaz) has troubles of his own, as his boyfriend and bandmate Bart (Jeremy Jordan) is back on drugs and spending most of his time with his dealer.

Secret Agent (1936)
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th @ 7:30pm (1hr 26min)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
After his supposed funeral, a British spy (John Gielgud) pairs up with another agent (Madeleine Carroll) in Switzerland where they're sent to kill an enemy agent. Posing as husband and wife, they're taken on a death hunt into the Swiss Alps. The film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.


The 39 Steps (1935)
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th @ 5:55pm & 9:10pm (1hr 26min)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Notorious (1946)
Friday 29th @ 7:30pm (1hr 41min)
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st @ 3:25 & 7:30pm
Drama/ Noir/ Romance (IMDB)
"In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) recruits Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover."


Under Capricorn (1949)
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st @ 5:20pm & 9:25pm (1hr 57min)
Crime/ Drama/ Romance (IMDB)
 Costume drama was never Hitchcock's forte, as proven by his disappointing Jamaica Inn (1939), but Capricorn does have its moments. Set in Australia in the early 19th century, the film concerns the tribulations of Lady Henrietta (Ingrid Bergman), who was driven out of her home in disgrace after eloping with unkempt stableman Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotten). Accused of the murder of Henrietta's brother, Flusky has been transported to Australia, where he starts life anew as a prosperous businessman, even while his wife descends further and further into alcoholism and self-hatred. When her cousin Charles Adare (Michael Wilding) comes to visit, Henrietta falls in love with him; she also confides that it was she, and not Flusky, who was responsible for her brother's death.


Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Aquaman, Perfect Blue & The Vault

March 26th 2019

New week and new Blurays to add to our collections. This week is filled with unusual films released for the first time on Bluray and newer films to check out. Aquaman hits shelves today from WB Pictures and DC Comics. The DC shared universe has been a mess overall but Aquaman really surprised me and I look forward to owning this week. Best Buy will carry an exclusive steelbook edition and Target a lenticular digibook edition. Next up is Perfect Blue from Scream Factory. This release has been long overdue and Shout Factory finally got the rights to release it. Indie thriller The Vault is next up this week. This one I'd recommend a rent first but it's an okay film. Vinegar Syndrome releases a few titles I've never heard of today with Dominique, The Children, In The Cold of the Night, and The Suckling. Rounding out the week is Jennifer Lopez comedy Second Act, drama If Beale Street Could Talk, and just in time for the remake, a 4K remastered Pet Sematary (1989). So what will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Aquaman: Amazon - $24.99
4K: Amazon - $29.99

Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people -- and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko, Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.

Aquaman (Blu-ray) 

Aquaman 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $29.99
 4K: Best Buy - $34.99

Aquaman 4K (Blu-ray) 

Digibook: Target - $29.99 
4K: Target - $36.99

Aquaman 4K (Blu-ray) 

Perfect Blue: Amazon - $26.99

Pop star Mima, her fame and fortune beginning to slide as fashions change, is persuaded to turn actress, reluctantly accepting an ill-defined role in a television soap opera. However, Mima's grip on reality begins to loosen as a result; she imagines that she has an identical twin who has maintained a singing career, and becomes increasingly paranoid after her friends are either threatened or killed. Can Mima unravel the truth before she is driven completely over the edge?

Perfect Blue (Blu-ray)
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The Vault: Amazon - $16.99

Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank.

 The Vault (Blu-ray) 

Pet Sematary (1989): Amazon - $11.99
4K: Amazon - $19.99

Doctor Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne). After the Creeds' cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the ground near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis' son, Gage (Miko Hughes), dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy's body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis' visions of a deceased patient.

Pet Sematary (Blu-ray) 

Pet Sematary 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $25.99

Pet Sematary 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Suckling: Amazon - $20.00

A woman goes to a back alley abortion clinic, only to have her aborted fetus attack her, her boyfriend, and everyone else at the clinic.

The Suckling (Blu-ray) 

The Street Fighter Collection: Shout Factory - $39.99

Meet the meanest and most lethal karate master ever to rule the streets. He's Sonny Chiba, one of the greatest martial arts actors to ignite the screen. In The Street Fighter, Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, a mercenary who has been hired by both the yakuza and the mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress, but when he isn't paid, a violent clash will ensue. Chiba is back in Return Of The Street Fighter. This time Tsurugi is hired by the mob to kill two informants, but when he realizes one is an old friend, he refuses, and now he is the one being hunted. When Tsurugi is double crossed by the Ôwada clan, he takes off with something they want in The Street Fighter's Last Revenge. Soon he is being chased by a group of deadly assassins.

The Street Fighter Collection (Blu-ray) 

The Body Snatcher (1945): Amazon - $26.99

In Edinburgh, renowned surgeon and now teacher of anatomy Dr. MacFarlane, has been paying John Gray (Boris Karloff), a cabman, to clandestinely bring him exhumed bodies of the recently deceased for classroom demonstration purposes. With cemeteries being increasingly guarded, Gray turns to murder to provide MacFarlane with fresh bodies. Realizing that he will never be rid of Gray, who constantly taunts him with his knowledge of MacFarland's past indiscretions, MacFarlane engages the malevolent Gray in a hand-to-hand fight to the death, the ultimate results of which provide the victor with an episode of unprecedented psychological horror...

The Body Snatcher (Blu-ray) 

In The Cold of the Night: Amazon - $20.00

Scott is a fashion photographer concerned about the sudden appearance of nightmares in his nightly dreams. In these, he seems to be involved in the murder of a beautiful young woman. When he actually meets this dreamwoman in reality, he begins to suspect that something strange must be responsible. As he attempts to solve the enigma of his troubling dreams, he is falling deeply in love with the mysterious woman. In the end, he uncovers a diabolical and sinister plot.

In the Cold of the Night (Blu-ray) 

Dominique: Amazon - $20.00

A millionaire who has recently lost his wife starts believing that he is being haunted by her spirit.

Dominique (Blu-ray) 

If Beale Street Could Talk: Amazon - $19.99

A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

If Beale Street Could Talk (Blu-ray) 

Can You Forgive Me?: Amazon - $25.99

When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel, is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Blu-ray)
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Warning Sign: Amazon - $25.99

In an ultra secret laboratory for the developing of biological weapons, covered as "Biotek", a research center for agriculture, a serious accident occurs, spreading a sinister bacteria in the laboratory. The security guard of the complex, closes and seals the building, with all the personnel inside, making very difficult the struggle for survival, not to mention the actions that the relatives of the enclosed people are thinking to do.

Warning Sign (Blu-ray) 

Second Act: Amazon - $19.99

A big box store employee reinvents her life and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

Second Act (Blu-ray) 

Nemesis 2, 3 & 4: Amazon - $16.99

Nemesis 2: A genetically altered female is transported back in time in an effort to protect her from killer cyborgs.
Nemesis 3: In the desolate future, a mutant warrior becomes mankind's final hope in the war against power-hungry cyborgs.
Nemesis 4: When a time-traveling assassin (Sue Price) kills the wrong man, his associates put a ransom on her head.

Nemesis 2 / Nemesis 3 / Nemesis 4 (Blu-ray)

Kingdom of the Spiders: Amazon - $19.99

William Shatner stars as veterinarian "Rack" Hansen in this cult classic about an Arizona town infested with a horde of arachnids that turn on the humans whose insecticides have depleted their natural food supply. After livestock belonging to Rack's friend, rancher Walter Colby, fall victim to a spider attack, entomologist Diane Ashley arrives and tries to help Rack deal with the crisis — but with the big county fair fast approaching, Mayor Connors refuses to let them quarantine Colby's ranch. Soon the remaining residents of the town must barricade themselves to stave off the eight-legged invaders in the ultimate man vs. spider showdown.

Kingdom of the Spiders (Blu-ray)

The Children: Amazon - $20.00

A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

The Children (Blu-ray)

Midnight, Texas (Season Two): Best Buy - $42.99

Midnight is a safe haven for those who are different, but with the presence of outsiders, the residents band together and form a strong and unlikely family.

Midnight, Texas: Season Two (Blu-ray)

 -The Impostor

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bluray Tuesday Featuring: Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse, The Final Wish & Accident

March 19th 2019

Bluray Tuesday returns! First up this week is the highly reviewed Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. I sadly missed this in theaters and I can't wait to check it one. I haven't heard one bad review on this one. Target will carry an exclusive digibook packaging. Best Buy's exclusive will be a steelbook and Amazon will carry an lenticular limited edition version. Next up is Lin Shaye's new horror film The Final Wish and it's pretty cheap this week too. Indie horror thriller Accident is next up releasing today. I haven't heard much about this one but sounds interesting. Rounding out the week is The Deadly Mantis from Scream Factory, The Minion from Kino Lorber and Mary Poppins Returns. What will you buy, rent or skip this week? Let us know in the comments. Until next week!

Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse: Amazon - $22.99
4K: Amazon - $27.99

Miles Morales takes up the Spider-Man mantle in order to help several other Spider-Men from other dimensions stop the Kingpin from destroying the universe with a super collider.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray) 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $27.99

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray)
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Digibook: Target - $24.99

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray)
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Lenticular Packaging: Amazon - $38.99 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray) 

The Final Wish: Amazon - $12.99

After the death of his father, Aaron returns home to help his grief-stricken mother and to confront his past. Going through his dad's belongings, he comes across a mysterious item that is more than it seems.

The Final Wish (Blu-ray) 

Accident: Amazon - $17.99

A group of teenagers suffer a terrible accident during a joy ride and get trapped at the bottom of a ravine.

Accident (Blu-ray) 

Spiders (3 Film Collection): Amazon - $10.99

An eager investigative reporter (Lana Parrilla) and her friends stumble upon a mysterious agency studying giant mutated spiders.

Spiders Triple Feature (Blu-ray) 

Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us: Amazon - $18.99

A young athlete whose running days might be behind her, a compulsive liar, a shy researcher, a bitter old woman, and a little girl with a big secret—the only thing they have in common is the annual Wind Festival in Fula City. The festival celebrates the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, who brings the wind that powers this seaside city. When a series of threats endangers not just the festival, but all the people and Pokémon of Fula City, it’ll take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day! Can everyone put aside their differences and work together—or will it all end in destruction?

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Blu-ray) 

The Minion: Amazon - $19.99

When a beautiful and ambitious archaeologist unearths a mysterious key beneath the streets of modern-day New York City, the Templar Knights of Christ send a modern-day warrior, trained in the ancient arts, to retrieve it before unspeakable evil is unleashed on the world by the Minion, a demonic servant of The Antichrist.
 The Minion (Blu-ray) 

The Quake: Amazon - $17.99

In 1904 an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Oslo, with an epicenter in the "Oslo Graben" which runs under the Norwegian capital. There are now signs that indicate that we can expect a major future earthquake in Oslo.

The Quake (Blu-ray)

The Deadly Mantis: Amazon - $25.99

The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it.

The Deadly Mantis (Blu-ray) 

Strip Nude for Your Killer: Amazon - $26.99

When a fashion model dies during an abortion, a series of murders begins, starting with her doctor.

Strip Nude for Your Killer (Blu-ray) 

The Witches (1966): Amazon - $22.99

1960s British B-movie chiller featuring voodoo, the supernatural and general dark arts. A comely young British teacher takes up a remote posting in darkest Africa where the local juju man lays a hex on her. She has a breakdown and is forced to return to the UK. There, she takes up a post at a rural school where all appears well on the surface. It turns out, however, that the place is a hotbed of witchery and darkness and that a virgin sacrifice is planned for the near future.

The Witches (Blu-ray) 

Mary Poppins (Steelbook): Best Buy - $19.99

A magical nanny takes the two young children of a wealthy London banker on a journey into playful worlds and eccentric characters, eventually showing them and their cold-hearted father the power of love over money.

Mary Poppins (Blu-ray) 

Mary Poppins Returns: Best Buy - $24.99
4K: Amazon - $29.99

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray) 

Mary Poppins Returns 4K (Blu-ray) 

Steelbook: Best Buy - $34.99

Mary Poppins Returns 4K (Blu-ray)
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Digibook: Target - $32.99

Mary Poppins Returns 4K (Blu-ray) 

 - The Impostor