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Noir City 17: Film Noir In The 1950s, January 25 - February 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 6, 2019 05:57pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 17, San Francisco

Dive into NOIR CITY 17 at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre January 25-February 3 to Trappedexperience (through a lens, darkly) the 1950s -- a turbulent and transitional time in American history, culture, and cinema. Nothing would ever be the same. Film Noir Foundation president and the man known internationally as the "Czar of Noir," not to mention the host of Turner Classic Movies' popular weekly series Noir Alley, Eddie Muller, will once again lead audiences on a ten-night excursion through "Hollywood's only organic artistic movement." Strap in for danger, desire, and despair!

This year's program extends last year's chronological pairings of "A" and "B" from the 1940s into the 1950s, offering viewers a slate of films that track noir through the declining studio system and into a fresh cinematic landscape where noir was refashioned, both subtly and radically, for a new generation.

“I call it curated time-travel," says Muller. "We start out in the classic era at the peak of the noir movement and with each successive show we move relentlessly toward revolution—a 1960 double bill of Psycho and Breathless, two movies that effectively changed noir, and movies, forever.”

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Something Weird This Way Comes

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Something Weird's Greatest HitsBy Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

 "Don't tell me you believe those ridiculous stories about evil spirits and witch doctors that turn themselves into giant alligators and all that rubbish"

"I'm sorry but I'm afraid I do."

~ from Death Curse of Tartu, 1966

Do you remember your body being possessed by a "Dancing Demon" in your living room after the first time you heard "Pass the Hatchet" by Roger and the Gypsies on a Las Vegas Grind LP? This is the same feeling my body parts got when I first heard Syd Dale's "The Hell Raisers" on Something Weird's Greatest Hits double LP.



Death Curse of TartuSince the early 1990's, Something Weird has been re-releasing such delightful bottom-shelf flicks as Blood Feast, Night of the Bloody Apes, Nude on the Moon, and one of my personal favorites, Death Curse of Tartu, in which some unthoughtful students have a dance party on the burial site of an ancient Indian medicine man who gets steaming mad and returns from the beyond for revenge!

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Noir City Xmas, 12/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 9, 2018 07:57pm | Post a Comment

Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule! Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 19, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. This year's feature is Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty. Shelley Winters may be a gullible mark for this faux preacher, but spinster Rachel Cooper (a memorable portrayal by Lillian Gish) knows the devil when she sees it. Actor Charles Laughton created a stunning work of magical realism, the only picture he'd ever direct. Why not quit while you're ahead? This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at Noir City Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming Noir City 17 festival, which runs January 25-February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have Noir City 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.

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Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival in SF, 10/13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2018 11:12pm | Post a Comment

The Super Shangri-La Show, the mysterious entity that brought you the hit fringe film events Bigfoot Bonanza and The Space Visitors Film Festival, presents Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival -- a whole day and evening of witchcraft films at San Francisco's haunted Balboa Theater on Saturday, October 13th! See nine films dealing in the dark arts, as well as special guest speaker author Maja D'Aoust and a burlesque performance from The Devil's Debutante, Szandora LaVey. Additionally, cosmic artist Rocky Angel will be on site providing magical face painting!

Gaze upon the bewitching schedule for the day:
11:50am - Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
12pm - In Search Of - "Salem Witches" (1980)
12:45pm - City of the Dead (1960)
2:30pm - Incubus (1966)
4:15pm - The Witches (1966)
6pm - Special Guest Speaker Maja D’Aoust
7:10pm - The Witch: A New England Folktale (2015)
9pm - The Love Witch (2016)
11:20pm - Season of the Witch (1972)
11:30pm - Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Get your tickets now HERE before they vanish into thin air...

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival Presents Greatest Hits with Club Foot Orchestra, 9/15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 2, 2018 07:59pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) presents a silent movie blockbuster day at the Castro Club Foot Orchestra. Photo by AnneHamersky.Theatre on Saturday, September 15th. With four programs of favorites from the silent era all accompanied live by the legendary Club Foot Orchestra, this is an event you just can't miss!

Founded in 1983 by Richard Marriott, Club Foot Orchestra (named after a nightclub in San Francisco's Bayview) was a pioneer in creating modern music for silent film. Their accompaniment is thoughtful and expressive, showing respect and engagement in the images they compose for. On September 15th, Club Foot provides the live accompaniment for four films in one epic day. The day starts out at 1pm with the sublime Buster Keaton and the mischievous Felix the Cat (Buster + Felix) and then veers into the world of German Expressionism with three masterpieces — The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at 3:15, Metropolis at 6pm, and Nosferatu at 9:30pm.

Join Club Foot for this musical journey into the genius of silent cinema. Get an all-day pass or buy tickets to individual screenings HERE.

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