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Weird Wednesdays this December at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 3, 2019 04:15pm | Post a Comment

The Stuff

Deck the halls with weirdo cinema this December as Amoeba Music joins Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco for another month of Weird Wednesdays! Take a deep dive with us into these untraditional cult classics...

WHITE STAR (1983)
Wednesday, December 4. 10pm.
In the lost years between Out of the Blue and Blue Velvet, an unhinged Dennis Hopper starred in this wildly-unknown downfall tale. Hopper gives a terrifying, coke-infused, and heavily improvised performance as seedy concert promoter Ken Barlow, whose claim to fame is being The Rolling Stones’ tour manager. Barlow aims to get his new synth-punk protege Moody to the top of the charts by any means necessary. Set in the musical underground of West Berlin, Roland Klick’s White Star paints the divided city awash with subcultural dwellers - punks, squatters, musicians, and late-night revellers. Never released theatrically in the US. Check out this new digital restoration.

White Star

BLACK SAMURAI (1977)
Wednesday, December 11. 10pm.
Based on the popular series of adventure novels by Marc Olden, this low-budget karate crowd-pleaser stars Jim Kelly of Enter the Dragon, Black Belt Jones, and Three The Hard Way fame as Robert Sand, secret agent for D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency – Guardian of Nations). When a coven of kung fu Satanists led by the evil warlock Janicot kidnaps his girlfriend, Sand (code name Black Samurai) springs into action with sword, feet, and fists-a-flying! Directed by cult filmmaker Al Adamson, Black Samurai was a box-office hit that played theaters all over the world for over a decade before achieving further success on late-night television and home video during the 1980s and ‘90s. Not seen on the big screen in over 30 years, don’t miss the opportunity to see the restored, uncut R-rated version!

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents, December 7

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 19, 2019 11:50am | Post a Comment

Day of Silents, Phantom of the Opera

Celebrate the holiday season in style with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's annual A DAY OF SILENTS on Saturday, December 7th! This all-day live-cinema event takes place at SF’s historic movie palace Castro Theatre and features five programs with live musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Donald Sosin, and Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. This day of stunning silent cinema and thrilling live music is not to be missed! Get your individual film tickets HERE or an All Day Pass!

Here's what's on the bill for December 7th:

FATTY + BUSTER
11:00am | $17 general / $15 member
Live Music by Donald Sosin
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle discovered Buster Keaton and these three sparkling shorts demonstrate the striking chemistry between the two geniuses. The program includes THE COOK (1918), GOOD NIGHT, NURSE (1918), and THE GARAGE (1919).

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Weird Wednesdays this November at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 4, 2019 07:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco team up for another month of mammoth movie hits with this November's Weird Wednesdays! Join us at the Alamo's beautiful movie palace in the Mission District for these weird, wacky, and wild classics:

TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994, 4K RESTORATION)
Wednesday, November 6. 10pm
Directed by Stewart Raffill (Mac and Me), Tammy and the T-Rex is a love story as old as time. This post-Jurassic jam stars Denise Richards (Starship Troopers, Wild Things) and the late Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul's mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from Weekend at Bernies’ is the villain? Originally filmed as a gorefest with impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, Tammy’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video, and inexplicably marketed as a kids’ film. Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival pals Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored and ready to scorch your ganglia into dust!

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Lighthouse Horror Films Galore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 31, 2019 06:05pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"It's bad enough to accept a musician into this family, but a jazz musician is asking too damn much."
~ from Bert I. Gordon's 1960 cult classic, Tormented

If Robert Eggers' new film The Lighthouse left you intrigued to see more eerie lighthouse flicks, let me humbly suggest you watch or re-watch these classics before you lazily settle your craving by watching the evil tooth fairy in Darkness Falls.

The Monster of Piedras BlancasThe Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Why are the rocks white you ask? Maybe Sturges the lighthouse keeper should have worn a "Damn Seagulls" hat in the movie. Filmed in Cayucos, California (south of Der Tinkerpaw's Nitt Witt Ridge and just north of Alex and Phyllis Madonna's world famous Madonna Inn), the movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas sits close to my heart. The monster had a fantastic look and would have been a great tag team partner with either the Gill-Man from the Creature of the Black Lagoon or the monster from It! The Terror from Beyond Space. The Piedras Blancas monster would return in 1965 on TV in an episode of Flipper...not to be confused with the punk band Flipper, however many of you may recognize the monster from the Angry Samoans' 1982 album cover, Back from Samoa. Personally I never listened to either of those bands, because I'd rather listen to CRIME!

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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Us at Marienbad

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 25, 2019 07:17pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi where I review recent Blu-ray releases.

Us, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment:
Jordan Peele has done it again. Just as Get Out was the most interesting movie of 2017, his new film Us may be the most thought provoking mainstream movie released in 2019. I don't tend to review a lot of contemporary films in this column, but that's not because I have anything against them. I watch a new release movie almost weekly and while many are good and perfectly entertaining, there are few great ones. The main reason for this is that movie production is so expensive these days that the studio accountants don't let directors take too many chances. Too much money and too many jobs are on the line, so the studios stick with formulas and franchises these days. Sure, I loved the new Avengers movie, but it was really just another superhero movie. Recent films all have the same general structure. It's like you can almost look at your watch an hour and fifteen minutes after the opening credits and realize that it is time for the big budget special effects to start showing up. Even when a new director has some kind of "vision," the studios rarely let them pursue it. Jordan Peele seems to be kind of an exception to this trend. Part of the reason for that is that despite being quirky, his films still do well in the mainstream marketplace. Us is no different. On a certain level, it is a straightforward horror genre picture or at least that's what it feels like for the first two thirds of its run time. Even if it was "just" a horror movie, it would have been one of the best horror films of the past two years. I was trying to eat my dinner while watching it, and it was such a gripping and suspense-filled ride that I kept having forkfuls of food get ice cold as I sat there for twenty minutes at a time, too engaged in the movie to even take another mouthful. 

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