Monday, February 20, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Get Out, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, A Thousand Cuts: Rare Clips

I don't know about you guys, but I have been extremely excited to watch Get Out, ever since I heard it was being made and heard a rough premise of the plot. And now, with the film's early release just days away, my count down is almost over! This is the week, Get Out is finally being released this Friday, with early screenings starting Thursday. I've had my ticket since last week, and I'm ready!
But there are also some other very noteworthy screenings taking place in the bay area this week. The Lure has been selling out like crazy at the Roxie Theatre! Two separate days now, we've been thwarted from seeing this movie because too many people beat us to it. So learn from our mistakes; get your tickets early and see The Lure before it's gone.

Opening This Week

Get Out (2017)
Early Screenings Thursday 24th (1hr 43min)
Opens Friday 25th 
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 21st @ 10:15pm (1hr 42min)
Slasher/ Cult Film (Google)
Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. Hooper brings a real budget this time (having recently directed Poltergeist for Steven Spielberg) and the talents of veteran make-up artist Tom Savini. This means he can make things bigger, louder, and gorier than ever before; and they are. He also brings a wacky, self-deprecating sense of humor, as if deliberately flaunting Texas Chainsaw Massacre's status as one of the first and still greatest "slasher" movies. The result is an impish take-off on the original film (and contemporary horror movies in general) which elevates its own cliches (buckets of blood and gore, droll dialogue, the screaming female lead) to the level of high camp.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 22nd @ 10:15pm (1hr 45min)
Drama/ Indie Film (Google)
Some time after a devastating tornado has leveled their town, a group of eclectic, ennui-stricken teenagers in Xenia, Ohio pass their days by riding their bikes, playing practical jokes, sniffing glue and paying for sex with a friend's sister.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Tuesday 21st @ 9:30pm (1hr 39min)
Wednesday 22nd @ 9:25pm
Art House/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
It's just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe-eerily well preserved and with no visible signs of trauma-is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. The latest from Trollhunter director Andre Ovredal is a scarily unpredictable, supernatural shocker that never lets up.

Lost Highway (1997)
Thursday 23rd @ 9:30pm (2hrs 14min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (Rotten Tomatoes)
Set in a city suspiciously like Los Angeles, both blazingly modern and resolutely retro in look and feel. A jazz musician, tortured by the notion that his wife is having an affair, suddenly finds himself accused of her murder. In a parallel story, a young mechanic is drawn into a web of deceit by a temptress who is cheating on her gangster boyfriend. These two tales are linked by the fact that both women may, in fact, be the same woman. The men are also connected by a mysterious turn of events that calls into question their very identities.

Screening All Week (1hr 32min)
Art House/ Comedy/ Horror/ Musical (Rotten Tomatoes)
In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

Nippon Nights

Thursday 23rd @ 9:30pm (1hr 29min)
Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Genre icon Jo Shishido stars in this tense and violent yakuza yarn from genre stalwart and Seijun Suzuki's former assistant, Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song). Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover.

Special Screening & Book Signing

Thursday 23rd @ 6:30pm (1hr 30min)
A 90 minute program of rarities assembled by motion picture archivist Jeff Joseph, including 1949 footage of Alfred Hitchcock leaving for England to direct Stage Fright (found in a New Jersey attic); two-color Technicolor footage of the Marx Brothers shooting Animal Crackers in 1930; the last surviving film of both Greta Garbo and Humphrey Bogart for never-completed projects; ultra-rare commercials and PSAs including comedians Mike Nichols & Elaine May explaining why we should file our taxes (recently found in a garage in Inglewood, California); actress Judy Garland’s costume tests for Valley of the Dolls before she dropped out of the film; a charming Bela Lugosi interviewed at home in 1931, the year Dracula was released and more!

Authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph will be signing copies of their book at 6pm!


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