Monday, August 21, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Red Christmas, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Bliss

I hope nobody looked directly at the eclipse this morning, you'll need those eyeballs working at full capacity for this great week of movies in the bay area! I see several familiar names in the lineup for this week, to of which wee have already reviewed with out movie loving creatures. The first of these started screening at the Roxie last week and will continue its run for most of this week and that is Dave Made a Maze. The second one is only available on VOD for now and it's one we have a history with. KillDozer interviewed the director and we reviewed it almost exactly a year ago; Red Christmas, which stars Dee Wallace. Not only that, but this week also features some classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Phantasm, and Taxi Driver. And on top of all that, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a week into their New Filipino Cinema film fest! Read on for details!

Opening This Week

Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 25th (1hr 22min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Matriarch Diane (Dee Wallace) has invited her children to celebrate one last Christmas in their family home. Amid celebrations and domestic drama, they receive a visit from a mysterious stranger. Disfigured and cloaked, they feel sorry for him until they discover his extreme religious motives and anti abortion message.

Care Package

Screening All Week (1hr 40min)
Adventure/ Fantasy/ Animation (Rotten Tomatoes)
Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her, but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence.

Monday 21st @ 9:10pm (2hrs 7min)
Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Terror Tuesday

Witchboard (1986)
Tuesday 22nd @ 10:15pm (1hr 38min)
Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
When a young girl uses a Ouija board, she communicates with the helpful spirit of a little boy. Suddenly though, a killer starts picking off her friends one by one. Typical horror film manages to churn out an original moment here and there.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 23rd @ 9:45pm (1hr 26min)
Action/ Horror (IMDB)
The only survivor of a clan of werewolves relies on its feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve crimes.

Balboa Classics

There Will Be Blood (2007)
Thursday 24th @ 7:30pm (2hrs 38min)
Drama/ History (IMDB)
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson steps outside his contemporary world of dysfunctional Angelenos to explore a very different dysfunctional man -- an oil pioneer whose trailblazing spirit is equaled only by his murderous ambition. There Will Be Blood is Anderson's loose adaptation of the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair, and it focuses its attentions on Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a miner who happens upon black gold during a disastrous excavation that ends in a broken leg. Pulling himself up from the bowels of the earth, both literally and metaphorically, Plainview embarks on a systematic and steadfast approach to mastering the oil business. Using plain-spoken and straightforward language, Plainview launches a campaign to convince small-town property owners they should let him drill their land. Without him, they won't have the equipment to access the profit beneath their feet. He builds an empire this way -- and gradually becomes obsessed with the intrinsic value of power, growing increasingly irascible and paranoid in the process. Plainview meets his match in Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), a teenage preacher in the small California town of Little Boston, whose brother tipped Plainview off to the town's plentiful supply of untapped oil.

Double Feature

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Thursday 24th @ 7:30pm (1hr 31min)
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.


Phantasm (1979)
Thursday 24th @ 9:15pm (1hr 28min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)

The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town's mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions and a deadly silver sphere.

Screening All Week (1hr 20min)
Adventure/ Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.


Friday 25th @ 7pm (1hr 53min)
Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
"All the animals come out at night" -- and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In Martin Scorsese's classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-'70s New York City, wishing for a "real rain" to wash the "scum" off the neon-lit streets. Chronically alone, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (Peter Boyle). He becomes infatuated with vapid blonde presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), who agrees to a date and then spurns Travis when he cluelessly takes her to a porno movie. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly paranoid Travis begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating Betsy's candidate, Charles Palatine (Leonard Harris), to violently "saving" teen hooker Iris (Jodie Foster) from her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel).


Friday 25th @ 9:30pm (2hrs 1min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Nicolas Cage plays EMS paramedic Frank Pierce. It is the early 1990's and New York has not yet undergone its renaissance of recent years. Surrounded by the injured and the dying, Frank is dwelling in an urban night-world, crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years of saving and losing lives. The film follows Frank over the course of fifty-six hours in his life - two days and three nights on the job - as he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse and redemption.

Thursday 24th @ 7:30pm (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (IMDB)
After involving in a film production accident that leaves her crippled, Jane Ciego, a successful actress, slowly transitions into madness after experiencing horrors and torture in her own home.


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