The weekly new releases are over, but there are still several standouts screenings the bay area this week! Between Terror Tuesday and Sunday night's Video Vortex, we have a Midnight Madness screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and She's Just a Shadow and a filmmaker attended Overwhelm the Sky at the Roxie Theatre.
Tuesday 23rd @ 9:30pm (1hr 36min)
Though he has been in an irreversible coma (a "persistent vegetative state") for several years, Patrick is aware of his surroundings. He also has telekinetic powers which enable him to move objects around by willpower alone. This is helpful, because even if he was able to fully awaken, his body could never move again. Nobody shows much interest in having him awaken, since before he was incapacitated, he murdered his mother and sister. When Kathy, the new nurse (Susan Penhaligon) takes over his care and gives him more than perfunctory attention, he begins to fall in love with her.
Wednesday 24th @ 9:30pm (1hr 40min)
Cult Movie/ Drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
Jamaa Fanaka produced, directed and wrote the inner-city drama Black Sister's Revenge. Jerri Hayes plays a young, naïve black girl from Georgia. She grows up way too fast when she relocates to LA, where she ends up keeping company with gang leader Ernest Williams II. After a series of humiliations, Williams dumps Hayes -- a bit of callousness he'll come to regret when she lashes back with flailing fists.
Sunday 28th @ 9:30pm (1hr 12min)
Neon and slime are more important in life than sleep and hamburgers. So it’s only natural for AGFA and Bleeding Skull! to team up with life’s most essential ingredients to deliver a mixtape that’s more essential than life itself. THE NEON SLIME MIXTAPE is a hallucinogenic compilation that celebrates gore-soaked, gloop-drenched, direct-to-video genre anarchy from the 1980s and 90s. Coked-out demons! Extraterrestrial aerobics! Barbie dolls that kill!! Featuring digest versions of our favorite DIY slimers, ultra-rare trailers, and unseen clips from beyond the otherverse, THE NEON SLIME MIXTAPE will rip off your head and blast your spirit through the cosmos -- and that’s only the first fifteen minutes.
Saturday 27th @ 11:55pm (1hr 41 min)
Comedy/ Scifi/ Horror/ Musical (Rotten Tomatoes)
This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet.
Monday 22nd @ 9:30pm (1hr 57min)
Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th @ 9pm
A beautiful Japanese madam and her ladies. A deranged, drug-addled Tokyo gangster and his crew. A sadistic serial killer on the loose. The intersection of these stories, and the interior world of the characters, plays out against a dreamlike backdrop of ultraviolence and orgiastic sex, as everyone tries futilely to rewrite their futures and cheat death. A modern, dreamlike take on the gangster genre, SHE'S JUST A SHADOW is the action-packed story of a matriarchal crime family engaged in a vicious gang war. A deranged killer is leaving his victims on railroad tracks all over Tokyo, and the only thing more dangerous than him is the vicious love triangle within the family itself.
Sunday 28th @ 1:45pm (2hrs 50min)
An Existential Epic Neo-Noir," loosely adapted from Charles Brockden Brown's 1799 novel Edgar Huntly, or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker, Overwhelm the Sky tells the story of Edgar "Eddie" Huntly, an east coast radio personality who moves to San Francisco to marry Thea, the sister of his best friend Neil, a successful entrepreneur. Shortly before Eddie's arrival, Neil is found murdered in Golden Gate Park in what the police surmise was a simple mugging gone awry. As the sullen Eddie steps in as interim host of his old friend Dean's late-night talk-radio show, he obsessively makes regular visits to the forested spot where Neil's corpse was found. One such visit unleashes a chain of unpredictable events that sends Eddie snooping into the life of a sleepwalking drifter with a mysterious past.
Q&A with filmmakers and crew after the movie