Friday, April 28, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): A Dark Song, Ginger Snaps, David Lynch: The Art Life

Happy Friday everyone! This is the last weekend of April and also the end of ths first third of the year... This year is kind of flying by, and I hope everyone is making good use of their time and checking out a lot of movies! Over the next couple of days the day area has a pretty eclectic selection of movies ranging from the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show to several new indie releases that we'll only be able to watch on VOD (for now). 

Tonight the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life opens at the Roxie Theatre and with it they will also be screening several of his other films, including Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive. This mini fest will run into next week.

Opening This Week

Available on VOD (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

Limited Theatres/ VOD (1hr 31min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Paul and Jennifer Hemdale have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day.

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Sunday 30th @ 7pm (1hr 41min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Suspense ((Rotten Tomatoes)
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.


Beat The Devil (1953)
Sunday 30th @ 5:05pm & 8:55pm (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Midnight Madness

Saturday 29th @ 11;55pm (1hr 41min)
Horror/ Musical/ Sci-Fi/ Comedy (Rotten Tomatoes)
This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet. With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation -- a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid. With the addition of colored dyes and some assistance from the weather, Frank brings to life a blonde young beefcake wearing nothing but skimpy shorts, who launches into song in his first minute of life. Just when Brad and Janet think things couldn't get any stranger, a biker (Meat Loaf) bursts onto the scene to reclaim Columbia, his ex-girlfriend. When Frank kills the biker, it's clear that Brad and Janet will be guests for the night, and that they may be next on Frank's list -- whether for murder or carnal delights is uncertain. And just what is that mystery meat they're eating for dinner, anyway? In addition to playing Riff Raff, O'Brien wrote the catchy songs, with John Barry and Richard Hartley composing the score. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

Saturday 29th @ 10pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
In this modern werewolf tale, sisters Ginger and Brigitte are ostracized by their town because of their morbid inclinations. Soon after being attacked by a wolf, Ginger begins to exhibit strange nocturnal behavior. Now Brigitte must decide whether to save herself or join Ginger in otherworldly doings.

Playin All Weekend (1hr 33min)
Documentary (IMDB)
This riveting profile of director David Lynch explores how the formative experiences of his youth led him to become the artist he is today. The film includes archival footage and home movies, as well as interviews with Lynch as he paints in his studio.

Friday 28th @ 9pm (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
This surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director David Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking.

Saturday 29th @ 9pm (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.

Sunday 30th @ 8:30pm (53 min)
Before he was a filmmaker, David Lynch was an art student, a painter. His film work grew out of painting, not cinephilia, and his first film, Six Men Getting Sick (1967) is in a very real sense, a “motion picture”. Lynch’s early shorts are fascinating because they’re not indebted to conventional movies. They are explorations of shape and light, texture, form and sound, and they open up the first crack into the feverish anxieties, the abiding sense of dread and disgust that runs as a malevolent undercurrent throughout Lynch’s cinema.

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th @ 5:20pm & 9pm (1hr 58min)
Drama/ Romance (IMDB)
An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.


Bedlam (1946)
Friday 28th @ 7:30pm (1hr 19min)
Saturday & Sunday @ 3:50pm & 7:30pm
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries to bring support to reforming Bedlam, but the cruel Master Sims who runs it has her committed there. The inmates, however, have the last say.


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