Monday, February 6, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Dark Night, Super Shangri-La Show, SF Indie Fest

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a great, movie filled weekend, but I also hope you are all ready to hear about what's playing in the bay are a this week. Because there is a lot.

At the end of January, I mentioned that this was the month of festivals in the city, and this week we get to welcome the beginning of another festival, which will be taking place at the SFMOMA (Museum of Modern Art), in their Phyllis Wattis Theatre. Co-presented by SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society, Modern Cinema: Werner Herzog and Ecstatic Truth will feature the documentaries of Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Guy Maddin; directors who dabble in in the idea of truth and trying to define it. This series will run from February 9th to the 26th.

Also this week, the SF Indie Fest continues to take over the Roxie Theatre, with screenings running through the week. Some of the upcoming highlights can be found below.

Monday 6th @ 3:50pm (1hr 23min)
Tuesday 7th @ 4:05pm
Wednesday 8th @ 12:20pm
Drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton's third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them. Shot in Sarasota, Florida and lensed by veteran French DP Hélène Louvart (PINA, THE BEACHES OF AGNES), the dream-like visuals articulate both Sutton's carefully crafted landscapes and the characters' sense of alienation and suburban malaise. Winner of the Lanterna Magica Award at the Venice Film Festival following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, DARK NIGHT is essential viewing, not only for art-house filmgoers, but for anyone invested in the debate over gun violence in America as well.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 7th @ 10:15pm (1hr 28min)
Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A young girl is possessed by the spirit of her dead aunt, who died in a car accident. Soon members of her family begin to mysteriously die off.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 8th @ 10:30pm (1hr 35min)
Action/ International/ Comedy (Rotten Tomatoes)
This Hong Kong action-comedy stars popular comic Stephen Chiau as a sneaky and greedy chef who routinely rigs cooking contests to his advantage and then makes a bundle by franchising his cuisine until one day he is badly beaten by a former apprentice. Forced to leave the island in disgrace, the chef ends up in a Shaolin temple that masks a secret cooking school. After boning up on his culinary techniques, the cook is ready for a hilarious rematch.

Wednesday 8th @ 7:30pm (1hr 41min)
Action/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
The second novel by British author H. Rider Haggard (his follow up to King Solomon's Mines) became this adventure classic, filmed twice previously in silent form. Randolph Scott stars as Leo Vincey, the descendant of an explorer who, according to family lore, discovered an immortality-bestowing fire on an expedition to a remote area of Manchuria. Leo sets out on a new voyage of discovery to the region's frozen wastes with a British scientist, Horace Holly (Nigel Bruce). Along the way, their team is joined by a trader, Dugmore (Lumsden Hare) and his daughter Tanya (Helen Mack). A tragic avalanche then kills everyone except Leo, Horace, and Tanya. Rescued by tribal shaman Billali (Gustav von Seyffertitz), the trio is led underground to Kor, a secret land with a hot climate ruled over by the cruel Ayesha (Helen Gahagan), better known to the natives as "She Who Must Be Obeyed."

Ingrid Bergman Double Feature

Gaslight (1944)
Wednesday 8th @ 2:30pm & 7pm (1hr 54min)
Crime/ Drama/ Noir (IMDB)
George Cukor's remake of the 1940 film Gaslight is the story of a beautiful, innocent woman (Ingrid Bergman) who marries a charming man (Charles Boyer) who tries to drive her insane. Boasting a lavish, detailed production that perfectly recreates the Victorian era, Gaslight is one of the greatest psychological thrillers ever made, thanks to Bergman's stellar, Oscar-winning performance. Gaslight was later shown in a computer-colorized print.


Spellbound (1945)
Wednesday 8th @ 4:40pm & 9:10pm (1hr 51min)
Noir/ Mystery/ Romance (IMDB)
A psychoanalyst falls in love with her new boss, and it is soon discovered that he has difficulty with remembering things as he is a troubled amnesiac--who may also be a killer.

Monday 6th @ 7:15pm (1hr 32min)
Drama (IMDB)
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.

Monday 6th @ @ 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.

Tuesday 7th @ 7:15pm (1hr 25min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
7th grader Thomas lives in a small city in Denmark. He's an outsider and knows how to make bombs. He's also in love with the school bad girl, Vikki. To win her over, Thomas plots an explosive act of revenge on their gym teacher's bicycle. He soon finds himself introduced to a new life of parties, booze, sex, and violence that goes against everything his police officer father stands for. The closer Thomas gets to Vikki, the more dangerous his world becomes. -Joshua Moore

Wednesday 8th @ 7:15pm (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

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Thursday 9th @ 9:30pm (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.

Friday 10th @ 9:30pm (1hr 28min)
Documentary/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
Constructed entirely from existing films, Fear Itself is a personal journey through fear and cinema that asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves.

Monday 6th @ 9:15pm (1hr 30min)
Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Danny’s girlfriend Noa leaves him because he’s “not manly enough.” Sad and lonely, he slits his wrists only to discover he is not a man at all, but a robot?an indestructible war machine. Moreover, his girlfriend did not leave him--- she was kidnapped by a mysterious organization searching for him. Living in a country full of conflict, the directors of the film play at pure escapism, but end up making a film­ that is stealthily deep. -Bears Fonte


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