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Hard to Be a God: A Study in Feculence

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 20, 2015 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Hard To Be A God

by Rebecca Burgan

On the planet Arkanar, identical to Earth but stuck 800 years behind, grey castles stand entrenched in a beastly sea of mud and oomska. Arkanar possesses a medieval civilization, but there is no Renaissance, only fog, squalor, and decay. Scientists arrive to help this culture of humans who have not evolved from an existence of baseness, sickness, and eternal rot.

Be sure to have a settled stomach before embarking on Hard to Be a God, the final masterpiece by visionary Russian director Aleksei German. The Strugatsky brothers, Arkady and Boris (authors of the source novel for Tarkovsky’s Stalker), originally requested that a director of Soviet origin, preferably Aleksei German, direct a version of their Russian science fiction novel, Hard to Be a God. After the brothers’ disappointment with Peter Fleishmann’s 1989 film adaptation, German took on filming beginning in 2000, though he had been planning it for decades, and nearly finished it before his death in 2013. German’s wife and son put the finishing touches on the film allowing it to finally be unleashed onto the world.

Hard To Be A God

This is the most grotesquely filthy film you have probably ever seen—a veritable Bosch or Brughel nightmare come to life, chock full of relentless dripping, fecal mud baths, suffocating fog, blood, mud, rain, putrefying swamps of bodily fluids, demonic horns, monstrous faces, and more mud. A sensation of near panic washes over you, yet you can’t look away, not for the three long hours of brutal submersion.

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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 23 - August 9

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 9, 2015 07:30pm | Post a Comment

SF Jewish Film FestivalThe 35th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns to the Bay Area July 23rd - August 9th with a lineup that includes 70 films from 16 countries with ten Big Night programs featuring music, history, food, art, and love. Amoeba is thrilled to sponsor screenings of four amazing documentaries:


As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM
AS I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AMForget whatever you’ve heard about the life and death of Philadelphia-born DJ AM (born Adam Goldstein), the superstar club deejay who attained rock star status and survived a fiery plane crash only to die a short time later of a drug overdose at the age of 36. Director Kevin Kerslake’s haunting and heartbreaking portrait intimately conveys the brief life of an obsessive sonic genius for whom music, fame and love were tragically not enough.


Thursday, July 30, 6:25pm @ Castro Theatre 
Friday, July 31, 8:55pm @ California Theater (Berkeley)

Plus, check out Pump Up the JAMs: A Tribute to DJ AM with Mix Master Mike, a special afterparty at Public Works in SF on Thursday, July 30 at 9:00pm. Tix HERE!

Danny Says
Danny SaysFrom the beginning, Queens born Danny Fields (Daniel Feinberg) hardly lived life on the straight and narrow. To keep his family’s energy up, his doctor father kept a bowl of amphetamine pills on the dining room table. Young Fields did manage to get into Harvard law school but soon dropped out to spend all his days and nights with the likes of Nico, Edie Sedgwick, and Andy Warhol in the 1960’s Factory scene. Fields became the legendary “company freak” at the innovative Elektra record label where he earned the wrath of a kidnapped Jim Morrison, discovered and signed underground heroes the MC5 and Iggy Pop in a single weekend, and tried to manage the unmanageable Ramones. Drawing on rare footage and audio recordings (including an incredible cassette snippet of a delirious Lou Reed listening to the Ramones for the first time), this fascinating chronicle is capped by the wry and wistful reminiscence of Fields, the little-known Jewish godfather of punk rock.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival 20th Anniversary, May 28 - June 1

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 18, 2015 03:23pm | Post a Comment

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with the most ambitious festival to date. Join them May 28th - June 1 at the historic Castro Theatre for more musicians and films than ever, and even an extra day!

During the five glorious days of silent-era films and brilliant live music, there will be 21 programs in all, including film historian Kevin Brownlow sharing tales of his personal experiences with personalities from the silent film era, actor Paul McGann narrating the British horror-comedy The Ghost Train, a special movie-and-live-dialogue performance of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair, a program of hilarious Charley Bowers shorts hosted by inimitable showman/preservationist Serge Bromberg, the premiere of a new score for Murnau's The Last Laugh by Berklee College of Music’s Silent Film Orchestra, and Bay Area’s Earplay performing a new composition for Man Ray’s Emak-Bakia.

See the full line-up and get your tickets HERE!

'Devil's Playground' Exhibit and Sale Shine a Light on Cult Movie Posters May 15 at Lethal Amounts

Posted by Amoebite, May 5, 2015 05:30pm | Post a Comment

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Hundreds of original movie posters for cult films from the 1960s through the 1980s will line the walls of the Lethal Amounts gallery May 15 for “The Devil’s Playground: Salacious Macabre Vintage Movie Poster Wall Candy,” presented by Amoeba.

“Devil’s Playground” seeks to celebrate the eye-catching poster work that characterized the golden age of pornography, exploitation, horror, Gialllo and cult classic films. These rare, original posters come from a private collection and will all be for sale at the event. The show will feature posters from such films as Suspiria, Female Trouble, Zombie, Evil Dead and Debbie Does Dallas.

In addition to these killer posters, the opening reception will host special guests Mink Stole (of John Waters movie fame) and adult film cult legends Long Jeanne Silver and Serena.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 West 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

SF's Balboa & Vogue Theaters Celebrate Music Documentaries This May

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 30, 2015 01:48pm | Post a Comment

This May, it's all about music documentaries at the historic Balboa Theatre and Vogue Theatre and we think that rocks.

Vogue Theatre is honoring the late, great director Albert Maysles (1926 - 2015) with a festival of his films May 8 - 14. Two of the 17 films featured are his rock doc classics Gimme Shelter and Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out. These are a MUST for any Rolling Stones fan and aficionado of concert films. Get your tickets and find out more about the Albert Maysles Memorial Film Festival here!

Gimme ShelterGimme Shelter
Saturday, May 9. 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm
Gimme Shelter is the landmark documentary about the Rolling Stones US tour of 1969 that ended tragically at the ill-fated free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969.

Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!
Saturday, May 9. 10:30pm
Thursday, May 14. 9:30pm
A rarely-seen chronicle of The Rolling Stones’ epic performance at Madison Square Garden in November 1969. Albert Maysles has put together never-before seen archive footage that shows the band at its height, wowing New York audiences.

Balboa Theatre screens two soon-to-be classic documentaries with Her Aim Is True, Karen Whitehead's look into the life of rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, on May 6th and John Pirozzi's celebration of the incredible rock and roll that came from Cambodia, Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll, May 8 - 14. Get your tickets now!

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