Friday, July 14, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Wish Upon, Alejandro Jodorowsky Retro Weekend

We're in the home stretch of a very long week, and we'll be rewarded with a weekend of surreal and genre films playing in the bay area! Midnites for Maniacs teams up with Spoke Art Gallery once again to present an Alejandro Jodorowsky Retrospective weekend at the Roxie Theatre, Midnight Madness returns to the Landmark Clay Theatre, and Wish Upon gets its wide release today. A gaggle of the Overlook creatures got to check out Wish Upon at an early screening last night and we had a lot of fun with it. Anyone planning to watch it this weekend?

Opening Today

Early Screenings Thursday 13th (1hr 30min)
Opens Friday 14th
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
In the latest horror thriller from the director of ANNABELLE, 17-year-old CLARE SHANNON (Joey King) is barely surviving the hell that is high school, along with her friends MEREDITH (Sydney Park) and JUNE (Shannon Purser). So when her dad (Ryan Phillippe) gifts her an old music box with an inscription that promises to grant the owner's wishes, she thinks there is nothing to lose. Clare makes her first wish and, to her surprise, it comes true. Before long, she finally has it all: money, popularity and her dream boy. Everything seems perfect - until the people closest to her begin dying in gruesome and twisted ways. Now, with blood on her hands, Clare has to get rid of the box, before it costs her and everyone she loves the ultimate price. Be careful what you wish for. Broad Green Pictures' WISH UPON is directed by John R. Leonetti (ANNABELLE) and produced by Sherryl Clark (CLOVERFIELD).

VOD Friday 14th (1hr 23min)
Horror/ Comedy (IMDB)
Regular guy Ed (Marcus Carroll) awakes one morning to find that his Grandmother has become one of the living dead. While trapped in his home Ed tries to survive the day, keep his house zombie free, stay alive and save the day.

Midnight Madness

Friday 14th @ 11:55pm (2hrs 4min)
Sasturday 15th @ 11:55pm
Animation/ Action/ Scifi (IMDB)
"A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only one kid and a group of psychics can stop."

Midnites for Maniacs & Spoke Art Present
Alejandro Jodorowsky Retro Weekend

Friday 14th @ 7pm (2hrs 4min)
Art House/ Drama/ Western
A bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western, "El Topo" is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away. First released as an underground film, it was thanks to John Lennon that the film was acquired by Allen Klein of ABKCO, who bought the rights to "El Topo" and then financed Alejandro Jodorowsky's next film "The Holy Mountain."

Friday 14th @ 9:30pm (1hr 38min)
Adventure/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, SANTA SANGRE), this strange classic was "lost" for 30 years. It tells the tale of two youths (Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis) who search through a destroyed world for the mythical city of Tar, where it is believed that all of one's wishes can come true. Instead, along the way, they are corrupted and driven mad. The film caused a riot upon its premiere at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival.

Saturday 15th @ 6:45pm (1hr 55min)
Sunday 16th @ 6:30pm
Adventure/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Saturday 15th @ 9:15pm (2hrs 3min)
Drama/ Horror/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Santa Sangre is the surreal horror story about a young man, Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky) who has grown up in a circus with his mother Concha (Blanca Guerra) and his philandering father. Fenix witnesses a brutal fight between his mother and father, at the end of which his mother loses both of her arms and his father commits suicide. Fenix spends years in an insane asylum, before his mother persuades him to act as her hands in her bizarre nightclub act. Soon, Concha is having Fenix perform a variety of murders, where he is killing every female in sight. Though the film has some of the hallucinatory qualities of Jodorowsky's earlier films, Santa Sangre doesn't quite have the same punch, particularly in terms of cerebral and emotional impact, despite its fine visuals. 


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