Friday, April 14, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): The Void, Audition, Headshot

This weekend's screenings don't have a whole lot of variety but there are still some interesting films playing in the bay area. The bulk of the Dark Wave section of the International Film Festival will be playing this weekend, and in addition to that there will also be a three hour long class about Hitchcock's San Francisco classic, Vertigo. It will be held at the SFMoMA on Saturday.

The most notable title playing through Sunday is The Void, which will only be playing at the 4 Star Theatre in the city. I confess, I've never actually been to this theatre, but they get some very interesting films that often times aren't playing anywhere else in the area. I'm about to correct that and check out The Void on the big screen to kick off the weekend!

Friday 14th @ 8:35pm (1hr 30min)
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th @ 4:05pm & 8:35pm
Horror (IMDB)
When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil.

Saturday 15th @ 10pm (1hr 55min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Double Feature

The Ghost Ship (1943)
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th @ 6:10pm & 8:50pm (1hr 9min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this film, Richard Dix stars as a ship's captain, a tortured soul who teeters on the verge of madness. Seaman Russell Wade notices the captain's deterioration, but his warnings go unheeded. Captain Dix completely goes over the edge, sadistically playing a game of cat and mouse with Wade.


Curse of the Cat People (1944)
Friday 14th @ 7:30pm (1hr 10min)
Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th @ 4:50pm & 7:30pm
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Friday 14th @ 11pm (1hr 37min)
Action (IMDB)
"Mrs K" is a story of a woman who gives everything that she has to protect her husband and daughter when enemies from her past come hunting her.

Saturday 15th @ 10pm (1hr 58min)
Action/ Drama/ Thiller (IMDB)
Uwais plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.

Sunday 16th @ 1pm (3hr class)
Vertigo is a fear of losing our balance. But if we’re so wary, why do we long to fall into the consuming intrigue of films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo? If we’re anxious about falling, why do we treasure the intimidating steepness of our city? David Thomson’s exploration of what is now allegedly “the best movie of all time” will show its sinister beauty and its cruel playing with desire. But other questions arise: Why do we need to be afraid? How can the mystery of a film undermine us as well as its characters? Is this the movie we deserve? (Whatever happened to Gavin Elster?) And even if Vertigo is “better” than Citizen Kane, don’t forget that one man wrote the music for both films. They have the same sound of dread. Hitchcock’s 1958 masterwork will screen as part of the master class.


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