Friday, June 2, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Silent Film Festival, Zodiac, Arsenic and Old Lace

Happy Friday movies lovers! Downtown San Francisco is currently being transformed into an​enclosed mini stage town for Clusterfest, but those of us who aren't willing to drop a hundred bucks a day have plenty of alternates.

Tonight our friends from Delorean Overdrive will be part of the 4 year anniversary of Turbo Drive at the DNA Lounge. They'll be performing a live soundtrack to Turbo Kid with Le Matos, who wrote the score for the film. The Cat Power Film Festival​ comes to an end this Sunday, and the Silent Film Festival takes over the Castro Theatre. 

Tuesday 30th to Friday 2nd (1hr 24min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Horror (IMDB)
This Fellini-inspired Comedy Film directed by Michael Meehan, features a large comic cast, and stars SF Comedians Johnny Steele and Reggie Steele as SFPD homicide detectives, who find half eaten bodies turning up all over San Francisco.

Followed by a Q&A with Director Michael Meehan After Every Screening

GET YOUR MAN/NOW WE’RE IN THE AIR 1:00 with Stephen Horne
THE DUMB GIRL OF PORTICI 3:30 with Donald Sosin
BODY AND SOUL 7:00 with DJ Spooky
THE INFORMER 9:30 with Stephen Horne, Guenter Buchwald, and Frank Bockius

MAGIC AND MIRTH 10am with Donald Sosin and Frank Bockius
A STRONG MAN Noon with Guenter Buchwald and Sascha Jacobsen
FILIBUS 2:30 with Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
OUTSIDE THE LAW 5:00 with Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN 7:15 with Matti Bye Ensemble
A PAGE OF MADNESS 9:30 with Alloy Orchestra

THE DOLL 10am with Guenter Buchwald and Frank Bockius
SILENCE Noon with Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
A MAN THERE WAS 2:00 with Matti Bye Ensemble
THE LOST WORLD 4:00 with Alloy Orchestra
TWO DAYS 6:30 with Stephen Horne
THE THREE MUSKETEERS 8:15 with the Gunter Buchwald Ensemble

Midnight Madness

Saturday 3rd @ 11:55pm (2hrs 37min)
Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Get Out (2017)
Playing All Weekend (1hr 44min)
Horror/ Comedy/ Suspense (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.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Friday 2nd @ 7:30pm (1hr 58min)
Comedy/ Mystery (Rotten Tomatoes)
Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra's spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity which the ladies don't advertise is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces--by serving said bachelors elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. When the sisters' drama-critic nephew Mortimer (Cary Grant) stumbles onto their secret, he is understandably put out--especially since he has just married the lovely Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane). Given the homicidal tendencies of his aunts, the sinister activities of his escaped-convict older brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) and the disruptive behavior of younger brother Teddy (John Alexander)--who is convinced that he's really Theodore Roosevelt, and runs around the house yelling "CHAAAAARGGGE"--Mortimer isn't keen on starting a family with his new bride. "Insanity runs in my family," he explains. "It practically gallops."


Harvey (1950)
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th @ 5:35pm & 9:40pm (1hr 44min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Science Fiction (Rotten Tomatoes)
This whimsical fantasy about a local drunk's 6' 3 1/2" imaginary rabbit pal was a smash hit (and a Pulitzer Prize winner) on Broadway and was then adapted into this likeable farce that's also an allegory about tolerance. James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd, a wealthy tippler whose sunny philosophy and inebriated antics are tolerated by most of the citizenry. That is, until Elwood begins claiming that he sees a "pooka" (a mischievous Irish spirit), which has taken the form of a man-sized bunny named Harvey.

Cat Power!

Sunday 4th @ 2pm (1hr 15min)
Animation/ Comedy (IMDB)
Danny, an ambitious singing/dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star.


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