Monday, July 3, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Moka, A Ghost Story

We're almost through that first day of the work week, and there are some really cool highlights in our near future. The first being tomorrow, July 4th, when Terror Tuesday takes us to Texas for a true classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! The Roxie Theatre continues their Nippon Nights series with The Suicide Club, and several Landmark Theatres embark on a revenge journey with Moka.

And finally, let's talk about A Ghost Story, another addition to the A24 line of curiously marketed films. Every poster and image I've seen for this movie looks amazing, brooding, and creepy. But it probably won't be because this is not a horror movie. It's definitely genre, and I absolutely want to see it, but let's not have a repeat of what many of us felt with It Comes At Night and go into this one without expectations.

Opening This Week

A Ghost Story (2017)
Limited Theatres Friday 7th (1hr 27min)
Drama (IMDB)
With A GHOST STORY, acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE'S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life's ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal - a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 4th @ 10:15pm (1hr 23min)
Horror (IMDB)
Just as Hitchcock's Psycho was based on the life of deeply disturbed farmer Ed Gein, so is this little story of depravity and dementia. When a sister and her brother take a group of friends to visit the farmhouse of their deceased grandfather, they discover that just next door lives a whole family of repugnant psycho killers. Most noteworthy is "Leatherface" who is the bloke who wields the power saw and has a penchant for human flesh. Though the film did not enjoy immediate success at the box office, it has since gathered a hefty cult following. Directed by Tobe Hooper, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is considered by many to be groundbreaking work in the genre of horror.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 5th @ 10pm (1hr 47min)
Action/ Adventure/ Comedy (IMDB)
Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.


Screening All Week (1hr 29min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
To find the driver of the vintage mocha-colored Mercedes which she thinks hit her son and devastated her life, Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) embarks on a trip to take revenge. She goes to √Čvian, where she has learned the driver of the Mercedes lives, but she now has to face another woman, Marlene (Nathalie Baye) - a beauty salon proprietor and owner of the car. In order to get closer to her, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car, but the path of revenge is more tortuous and complicated than it seems. Adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay's 2006 novel, MOKA is a moody, riveting psychological thriller, showcasing the tremendous talents of two of France's best actresses.

Nippon Nights

Wednesday 5th @ 9:15pm (1hr 39min)
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
This dark horror film begins with the grisly spectacle of 54 Japanese schoolgirls jumping in unison into the path of an oncoming train. This is only the first in a wave of mass suicides that sweeps across Japan, baffling the police and panicking the populace. The two police officers assigned to the case have to piece together such mystifying clues as a website seems to be predicting each wave of deaths, a coughing child who periodically calls them with enigmatic tips, and a coiled rope stitched out of human flesh. All of it may or may not have to do with a prepubescent all-girl pop group whose latest hit single seems to have hypnotized the nation.

Friday 7th @ (1hr 58min)
Sci-Fi/ Drama (Google)
A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.

Also still screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse


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