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Noir City 16: Film Noir from A to B, January 26 - February 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 7, 2018 03:09pm | Post a Comment

Noir City

Noir City, the most popular film noir festival in the world, returns to San Francisco's majestic Castro The Man Who Cheater HimselfTheatre for its 16th edition, January 26-February 4, 2018. "Film Noir from A to B" presents 24 classic noirs as they were experienced on their original release, pairing a top-tier studio "A" with a shorter, low-budget second feature, or "B" film. All but one of the films will be presented in glorious 35mm.

The Film Noir Foundation's latest restoration will also receive its world "re-premiere" on the night of Saturday, February 3: The Man Who Cheated Himself, an independently made noir thriller from 1950 shot on location in San Francisco! Thanks to the generosity of Noir City patrons and donors, the Foundation was able to fully fund the restoration of this film after the only existing print was lost to "vinegar syndrome."

Returning as producer and host of Noir City is Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation and the man known internationally as the Czar of Noir, not to mention the host of Turner Classic Movies' new franchise Noir Alley.

In addition to the 12 chronologically-programed double bills, Noir City will feature three book signings: a panel of Noir City e-magazine contributors will sign copies of This Gun For Hirethe new 2018 Noir City Annual 10 on Saturday, January 27; Alan K. Rode will sign copies of his new biography, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, following his presentation of Curtiz's The Unsuspected on Wednesday, January 31; and on Saturday night, February 3, veteran local photographer Fred Lyon will sign his book, San Francisco Noir, a collection that captures the noir spirit of the City by the Bay.

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Murder on the Oriental Rock n' Roll Express

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2017 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Orient Express

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


"His breakfast was his Amber Moon. He never rose until it had had its full effect."
- Mr. Beddoes, Butler of Samuel Ratchett, in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

First, what is an Amber Moon you ask? To make this morning cocktail, crack an egg in a highball glass Murder on the Orient Express(with the yolk unbroken), add two shots of whiskey and a few dashes of Tabasco, then send it down the hatch! Of the many movies that hit the big screen in 2017 (The Shape of Water was my favorite), the one major stink-bomb let down for me was Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express...not only because this egg drop cocktail was not featured, but because, let's face it, David Suchet is the only actor that should ever play Hercule Poirot (and Kenneth's mustache was more awful then the bread rolls at Tommy's Joynt). Regardless of how Hollywood murdered Murder on the Orient Express, Johnny Depp's acting as Samuel Ratchett was totally superb and I truly Murder on the Orient Expresshave not liked a Johnny Depp movie since The Ninth Gate. His character was the diamond in the rough of the cast.

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Noir City Xmas, 12/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 10, 2017 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Noir City Xmas

Join the Czar of Noir Noël, host Eddie Muller, on Wednesday, December 20th at SF's historic Castro Theatre for the eighth annual Noir City Xmas! This year, our friends at the Film Noir Foundation present a double-feature of rare noir-stained 1940s' films to darken your yuletide spirit. At 7:30pm, it’s Manhandled (1949) starring Dan Duryea, Dorothy Lamour, and Sterling Hayden, followed at 9:30pm by Alias Boston Blackie (1942) with Chester Morris. Read more about these films HERE!

Manhandled
Manhandled (1949)
Alias Boston Blackie
Alias Boston Blackie (1942)

The evening will also feature the unveiling of the full program (and poster) for NOIR CITY 16, the world's most popular film noir festival, which is coming to the Castro Theatre January 26 – February 4, 2018. And for your holiday shopping pleasure, NOIR CITY 16 Passports (10-day all-access festival passes for 24 movies, plus opening night reception) will be available for sale at the Xmas show for $120 (cash or credit card) at the FNF's merchandise table on the Castro mezzanine. These make terrific gifts!

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Glenn Ford: Super Stud of Yester Yore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 12, 2017 06:12pm | Post a Comment

Glenn Ford

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


Most folks know Glenn Ford from his roles as a soft-talkin' tough guy in such flicks as The Big Heat, Glenn Ford3:10 to Yuma, and Blackboard Jungle. Others may only remember him as Superman's Earth-Dad in the classic 1978 Superman.

Much like the Great and Mighty One (William Shatner, that is), Glenn was a Canadian. While living in Beverly Hills (Century City, everything's so nice and pretty), Glenn illegally raised 140 leghorn chickens until he was stopped by the 90210 "Coppers." One must ponder if he just loved making French omelettes for the neighborhood every morning or if he was practicing trying to replicate the award-winning secret recipe of Dinah's Fried Chicken, for " Nuthin' is finer, than Dinah."

It is said, that after Glenn went to the Golden Hills, a sofa that he allegedly claimed to have had a romantic encounter with Marilyn Monroe on was sold at an auction for $1,750. Glenn was known to have "knocked boots" with Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot, and many-many more beautiful starlets. (Please note, it was not these physical encounters that made him a "stud," for what kind of society would we be living in that such "pleasure events" could make a person more admired? No, he was a stud because he played the role of Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman of the legendary Lost Dutchman's Treasure of the Superstition Mountains in Lust for Gold!)

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Space Visitors Film Festival Lands in SF, October 21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 8, 2017 06:57pm | Post a Comment

Unarians, Unarius, Space Brothers

From the illustrious minds who brought you Super Shangri-La Show's Bigfoot Bonanza comes Super Space Visitors Film FestShangri-La Show's Space Visitors Film Festival, which descends upon San Francisco's Balboa Theatre on Saturday, October 21st! Prepare for 16 hours of alien excitement in the form of movies, documentaries, TV shows, and special guest speakers including filmmaker and curator Jodi Wille with members of the Unarius Academy of Science, Ruben Uriarte of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), and more.

Tickets are $20 for the all-day UFO pass and $25 for the Super-Deluxe space pass that includes a small popcorn and a beverage (beer available!) of your choice. Get your tickets nowsville!

Here's the intergalactic line-up that will transport you outta this world:

10am: Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Screen 1 (with Introduction by Earl Grey of MUFON)

10am: Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) on Screen 2 (with introduction by puppeteer Dave Haaz-Baroque & ALF!)

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