SF Docfest 2011 – “Bob and the Monster”, “Dirty Pictures” and “Oil City Confidential”

Movie: Bob and The Monster

Some of you may know him from Celebrity Rehab with doctor Drew, but rewind the clock and Bob Forrest was a drug addict bearing his soul in the band Thelonious Monster.  Years of footage from battling his life-threatening disease leads us on a journey of transformation into one of the most controversial drug counselors in America.  Testimonies from friends such as Steven Adler, Anthony Kiedis and Courtney Love give this documentary spice and a good back drop to spread a message of sobriety and hope.  Losing a career, friends, money, and almost his life makes Bob’s story touching while special performance footage and personal videos from Thelonious Monster gives it the Rock and Roll spin.  Now that Bob isn’t feeding his Monster anymore, his music has changed but it seems that his hungry soul will always sing with depth and heart – which is exactly what this documentary accomplished.

Showtimes for Bob and The Monster:

Wednesday, October 19th – 5:00pm (Shattuck – Berkeley)

Saturday, October 22nd – 9:30pm (Roxie Theater)

Wednesday, October 26th – 9:30pm (Roxie Theater)

Movie: Dirty Pictures

Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin a.k.a The Grandfather of Psychedelics discovered MDMA (Ecstasy) and over 200 mind altering substances while testing on himself and his wife Ann in the hills behind San Francisco.  This documentary is, without a doubt, an educational trip through the accomplishments of a mad scientist in search of discovering the secrets of the human mind.  Over five years of filming produced a documentary with a solid explanation and background on what is now being called the drug of my generation — a drug used for cancer patients and war survivors; an escape for thousands of starry eyed kids increasingly bored and restless with this world.  MDMA is one of Sasha’s more popular accomplishments because it has created an entire subculture that has spread at an alarming rate world wide.  This film highlights a different side of drugs: Neurosciences, mathematical equations, visuals of beakers and test tubes — a more literal side not many get the chance to see.

Showtimes for Dirty Pictures:

Friday, October 14th, 7:15pm (Roxie Theater)

Saturday, October 15th, 9:30pm (Shattuck – Berkeley)

Tuesday, October 18th, 7:15pm (Roxie Theater)

Movie: Oil City Confidential

Every city has their local garage band, but none can live up to the likes of Dr. Feelgood.  This motley crew of hooligans was born in the trenches of Canvey Island, England and took the island country by storm.  These rockers encapsulated England in the 70’s which was reflected in their number one success in the charts.  Canvey Island is a bleak landscape that acts as an industrial ghost town.  Sparko, The Big Figure, Wilko Johnson, and Lee Brilleaux (pronounced Brillo) embody and respond to their experiences with Canvey Island with the sounds of rock and blues.  Their hometown reflected the Thames Delta, and in turn, the sound of the delta was a great influence on their music.  They were genuine in their efforts to rock.  Their roots and hometown seemed to tremendously influence their sound and intensity and the boys of Dr. Feelgood are equally as passionate in their retelling of their glory days.

Oil City Confidential matches the band’s intensity in its film style.  It is an amazing collage of illustrative clips to drive the film and help unveil the story.  This heralds as Julien Temple’s last film in his trilogy on British music in the 1970‘s.  Oil City Confidential is riveting from start to end and leaves no time for your mind to wander.  Unless you hate music or are a bad person, GO SEE THIS MOVIE! – Sarah Tell

Showtimes for Oil City Confidential:

Friday, October 14th, 9:30pm (Shattuck – Berkeley)

Friday, October 21st, 9:30pm (Roxie Theater)

Monday, October 24th, 7:15pm (Roxie Theater)


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