We're back at the top of another week guys, but it's not all bad news. Not only are there multiple film festivals coating many of the indie theatres in the city, we also get to end the week with a horror convention!
Sinister Creature Con will be raging at the Scottish Rites Center in Sacramento all weekend long, and if you act fast, you may still be able to get $15 day passes on Groupon! These are not bound to last much longer, so get 'em while you can! You can read all about the dedication and love that goes into this convention in the latest Digging Up The Dirt, where KillDozer interviewed Tim Meunier, the founder of the event. I hope to see some of you guys there!
Now, let's look at some San Francisco's events: Terror Tuesday continues the three year anniversary of Terror Tuesday Goes to Camp with Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland, Super Shangri-La Show returns to the Balboa to present a star studded 50's film, The Vikings on Wednesday. Also SF DocFest winds down, just as Frameline42 kicks off.
I've decided to include a film that I personally think is just worth going out to a theatre to see this week, and that is Tangerine, which will be screening at the Balboa Theatre on Tuesday. This film was shot entirely on iphone 5's I believe, but you will forget that almost immediately because it does not rely on the gimmicky nature of a statement like that to sell the movie. It was done out of necessity and you wouldn't even know it if I hadn't just said so.
Landmark Theatres also bring us a Kubrickian double shot this week, as A Clockwork Orange screens for Midnight Madness at the Clay. But before that, Film Worker will be screening all week both at the Opera Plaza and the Shattuck. This is a documentary about Kubrick's trusted right hand man.
Tuesday 12th @ 9:35pm (1hr 20min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Angela (Pamela Springsteen), the murderous camp counselor of Sleepaway Camp 2, returns to the scene of her crimes in this no-frills installment. Assuming a camper's identity (after mowing her down with a Mack truck), Angela arrives at Camp Rolling Hills, which was purchased and renamed "New Horizons" after her last killing spree. Husband and wife entreprenurs Herman and Lily (Michael J. Pollard and Sandra Dorsey) have reopened it as an "experiment in sharing" to bring street-smart disadvantaged kids together with snobby rich brats. Splitting up into three groups of culturally mixed teens, they go off into the woods for a camping trip designed to break down barriers. Instead, Angela finds a myriad of reasons to off her fellow campers (thanks to their constant bad behavior), and gets the job done with axes, tent spikes, a lawnmower, and firecrackers up the nose. Even the presence of an off-duty police officer (Cliff Brand), who is familar with Angela's crimes, doesn't deter her from slaughtering everyone for the merest provocation.
Wednesday 13th @ 6pm (1hr 30min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Pinky Violence was a subgenre of sexed-out, ultra-violent exploitation movies that ruled Japan for over a decade. And Meiko Kaji was the reigning warlord of Pink. In JAILHOUSE 41, the second installment of the infamous “Female Prisoner Scorpion” series, Nami Matsushima (Kaji) continues her quest for dark vengeance and becomes an unlikely symbol of female resistance in a male-dominated world. Filled with black hats, switchblades, and revengeful stinkface, this violent, hallucinogenic dream-blast solidified Kaji as a timeless icon of inspirational cool.
Wednesday 13th @ 8:35pm (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
The exquisite feature film debut of visionary fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Woodshock is a hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief that exists in a dream-world all its own. Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic experience that marks the arrival of the Mulleavy siblings as a major new voice in film.
Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th @ 7:30pm (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.
Super Shangri-La Show
Wednesday 13th @ 7:30pm (1hr 56min)
Action/ Adventure (IMDB)
Inspired by the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall, The Vikings was lensed on location in Norway under extremely adverse weather conditions. Adding to the difficulty was the fact that star Kirk Douglas and director Richard Fleischer never quite found a common ground, and for years thereafter would hold each other responsible for the film's falling short of its potential. Still, the finished product is quite a feast for the eyes and ears. Douglas, the son of Viking leader Ernest Borgnine, carries on a film-length feud with slave Tony Curtis, who, though he does not realize it, is actually his illegitimate son. This personal battle comes to a head when Douglas and Curtis both lay claim on captured English princess Janet Leigh.
Landmark Clay Theatre
Friday 15th @ 11:55pm (2hrs 16min)
Crime/ Drama/ Sci-fi (IMDB)
"In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," while jauntily warbling "Singin' in the Rain." After he's jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims."
Screening All Week (1hr 34min)
Documentary/ International (Rotten Tomatoes)
It's a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else's creative vision. Yet, that's exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as Lord Bullingdon in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick's loyal right-hand man. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind-the-scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work. The complex, interdependent relationship between Leon and Kubrick was founded on devotion, sacrifice and the grueling, joyful reality of the creative process. By entering their unique world we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless cinema is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.
Also Screening at the Shattuck Theatre
Monday 11th @ 9:30pm (1hr 9min)
Documentary/ Biography (IMDB)
Sculptor and stop-action animator Elizabeth King embarks on each new project by posing a single question to herself: “How/Can this be physically done?” Newly retired from 40 years of teaching, King is more than ever able to focus on her work, examine her motives and launch major solo shows.
Opens Friday 15th @ 9:45pm (1hr 15min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Set against the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a film that transcends genre and defies classification – part psychological drama and part sexual thriller. The Texture of Falling is unlike any film that you’ve ever seen. It follows Louisa (Julie Webb) as a filmmaker reeling from a recent professional dejection, who meets Luke (Patrick Green). But as Louisa and Luke’s romance blooms, a simultaneous story arises as Michael (Benjamin Farmer), a wayward architect estranged from his wife, meets Sylvia (Maria Allred), an enigmatic painter. But are these parallels merely a coincidence? Soon Michael and Sylvia embark on a verboten journey of pleasure and pain.
Screening All Weekend