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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: Godzilla Box Set Warts and All

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2019 05:35pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to the last Having A Movie Moment of 2019. This year I go out with bang and review one über box set...

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films, 1954-1975, The Criterion Collection:
This is arguably the biggest Blu-ray release of 2019. It is the one thousandth Criterion Collection release, Godzilla Box Setand what could be a bigger subject matter for a big release than a Godzilla box set? This is all fifteen films from the original classic era of Godzilla. Godzilla is probably the world's most well-known monster. Only Dracula or Frankenstein are on the same level. Godzilla is the ultimate metaphor of the Cold War and the atomic era, an uncontrollable monster that we ourselves created by our warlike ways. Only a few other pop culture creations resonate this strongly in the modern mind of the human race. Over the course of the past 65 years, this giant radioactive lizard has stomped his way through 35 movies. There is a good reason he has been dubbed "King Of The Monsters." Generations of children and adults have grown up watching his movies. For decades they were the staples of Saturday late night horror shows and afternoon matinees. I don't think I've ever met a person who hasn't seen a Godzilla film.

The Big G has always had a special place in my life. I've been obsessed with his films since early childhood and watched them on television whenever they aired. I've bought every Godzilla movie ever released in the US in every format going back to Super 8. When I was in fourth grade, our year-end project was to give a fifteen minute speech to the entire school on a subject we had heavily researched. The topic I chose was Godzilla and his cultural relevance. I gave a good speech and got a good grade, but I'm not sure that everyone in the audience got or agreed with my point. So this Criterion Collection release, and a release of such importance, feels like a kind of personal validation to me. My fourth grade self was right.

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Experiment in Twin Peaks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2019 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Experiment In Terror

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


The next evening you are heading through the Yerba Buena Tunnel on your way over the Emperor Norton Bridge to Baghdad By The Bay be sure to play Henry Mancini's all time slow-creeper hit, "Experiment in Terror," which is the theme from Blake Edward's outstandingly suspenseful crime movie of the same name.


The lead of the film, played by Lee Remick, is under the spell of fear from a psychotic killer played by none other than Ross Martin, who many of you may remember as Artemus Gordon, "Inventor" and "Master of Disguise" on the TV show The WIld Wild West (1965-69). Lee's character asks for the help of the FBI and is helped by an agent played by Glenn Ford. One of my favorite movies with Glenn Ford is Lust for Gold (1949) where he plays Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman who hides his gold in the Superstition Mountains. You've heard of the Lost Dutchman's treasure right? How about the famous Peratla Stones? Another film that I really enjoy that also involves Glenn Ford and hidden treasure is the 1953 crime-adventure Plunder of the Sun.

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Noir City Xmas, December 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 6, 2019 06:00pm | Post a Comment

La Otra

Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 18, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro La OtraTheatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. It will be a special evening of yule cruelty with a presentation of the dark Mexican holiday classic, La Otra (1946). The entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe coming January 24-February 2, 2020, will also be revealed that night. Both events will be hosted by Eddie Muller, the Film Noir Foundation’s founder and president, as well as the host of TCM’s Noir Alley.

Dolores del Rio, one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, stars in the noir-laden thriller La Otra as identical twins: Maria, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man Maria once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, Maria can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Co-starring Jose Baviera, Agustin Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips. Del Rio enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s before she returned to her native Mexico in the 1940s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldon and writer-activist Jose Revueltas, who would make eleven more films together becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

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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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