Coming to San Francisco Theatres This May

May 1st – 2nd: Pina (Castro Theatre)

If you have not had the chance to see this in theatres yet, you can not miss this opportunity.  Those with strong dislike for 3D movies, I urge you to experience Wim Wenders‘ documentary of famed dance choreographer, Pina Bausch.  This film is entrancing in not just its 3D capturing but in its power to make you a part of her dances.  Finally, a filmmaker using 3D as a tool of enhancement not as a gimmick.

May 3rd: Szamanka (YBCA)

I know almost absolutely nothing about this film other than imdb has it listed as drama/horror/mystery and that the film’s director is the same man behind the feverish manic genius of a film that is Possession.  That film too happens to fall under the drama/horror/mystery genre (1981).  It will be interesting to not only see another of Andrzej Zulawski‘s films, but to see how his filmmaking has changed or stayed the same 15 years after Possession.

May 4th: The Predator/The Thing/A Boy and His Dog (Castro Theatre)

A triple feature of terror, big guns, amazing beards, and muscles!   First up is The Predator in where the league of governors (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura and Sonny Landham, the latter ran but was not elected) get their kick ass on as they try to defeat a shape shifting alien in the rain forest.  More kick ass awaits in John Carpenter‘s The Thing.  This time it’s Kurt Russell along with his beard that faces shapeshifting peril – arctic style.  So, how do you follow-up a pair of thrilling shapeshifting aliens?  You watch a movie about a boy, his dog, and their telepathic relationship while traveling a post apocalyptic terrain, that’s how.  Having never seen L.Q. JonesA Boy And His Dog, I hope I’m in for a treat.

May 6th: Possession (YBCA)

Like any good roller coaster ride, the second the ride is over I’m running back in line for another go.  Having just seen this amazing piece of cinema in March on the grand Castro Theatre screen I’m more than excited to catch it again.  Andrzej Zulawski‘s wonderfully odd direction of a pre-Jurassic Park Sam Neill is superb example of what a fully engaging film is supposed to look like.

May 9th: We Need To Talk About Kevin (Castro Theatre)

First you need to see this movie, then we can talk about Kevin.  Topics of our Kevin discussion can include the inherent or acquired nature of violence, the role in which mesmerizing cinematography has in a movie, the effectiveness a corny Buddy Holly slow jam can have in a soundtrack, and the gross injustice of the Academy Awards in not recognizing an extraordinary performance by Tilda Swinton.

May 10th: The Third Part of The Night (YBCA)

Yet more horror/drama from Andrzej Zulawski, this time with Nazis.  Here’s what the YBCA’s webstie had to say of the film: “Inspired by his father’s experience during WWII — volunteering to feed lice with his own blood so the Nazis could develop the typhus vaccine — The Third Part of the Night depicts a godless world in which a young man experiences fevered hallucinations after his wife and son have been killed.”

May 12th: The Royal Tenenbaums/The Life Aquatic With Steve Zisou (Castro Theatre)

As I write this Wes Anderson‘s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom has a USA release date of May 25th.  I can’t think of a better time to get (re)acquainted with this auteur.  I’ll definitely be attending this double feature for the simple reason that Anderson’s movies demand to be watched at least 3 times before I can formulate any worthy opinion on his art.  The Royal Tenenbaums is the only film of his that I have seen just once and demands my attention.  As for Life Aquatic, this will be my 10th, 11th or 12th (I lost count) viewing, yet my first viewing on a screen larger than my television set.  Oh yeah, I’m excited!  Bill Murray, here I come.

May 12th: The Devil (YBCA)

More drama/horror from Polish director Andrzej Zulawski.  To reiterate, I know little of this director other than his feverish manic genius of a film that is Possession so here’s what the YBCA’s website has to say of this film: “One of Zulawski’s most hypnotic works, The Devil is a political allegory wrapped in the guise of a horror film, and was promptly banned in Poland upon its completion.”

May 13th: On The Silver Globe (YBCA)

2 hours and 45 minutes of science-fiction made over a decade that takes place on the moon and includes mystical rituals, orgies, violence, and the arrival of the Messiah.  I’m in.  Did I mention it’s directed by Andrzej Zulawski.  He’s the guy who did the feverish manic genius of a film that is Possession.

May 17th: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (Main Public Library)

A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  A Free Kurosawa screening!  It’s Kurosawa, and it’s free!  Seriously, what else do you have to know?

May 18th: Killer’s Kiss/Female Jungle (Roxie Theater)

Time to get my noir fix, and I can’t think of a better way to do that then with a Stanley Kubrick film.  Killer’s Kiss is Kubrick’s first official feature-length film, and an impressive one at that, with lots of natural lighting, a mesmerizing ballet scene and some shadowy underdealings, at least that’s how I remember it.  It’s been some time.  As for Female Jungle, I know little of this movie other than it came out the same year as Killer’s Kiss, 1955.  I kind of want to keep it that way, so I’m completely surprised when watching it.  If you want to find out more info on this film, click here.

May 23rd: Harold & Maude/Brewster McCloud (Castro Theatre)

Way before any Wes Anderson movie there was Hal Ashby and his film Harold & Maude.  Having seen this movie for the first time just last year I have to admit that it more than lived up to the cultish hype that surrounds it.  Interestingly enough, the star of Ashby’s film Bud Cort has a brief appearance in Wes Anderson’s film, Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (see May 12th).  Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention that this movies contains the meaning of life – seriously.  After seeing this I plan to stay for yet even more Bud Cortness in Robert Altman‘s Brewster McCloud about a boy living in the Astrodome who has plans of gaining wings in order to fly.  I’ve never seen it, but it does sound interesting and from what I have heard is quite good.

May 29th: Be Kind Rewind (Richmond Public Library)

Before the release of this film Michel Gondry had already proven his worth as a one-of-a-kind filmmaker.  Both The Science of Sleep (2006) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) are shining examples of how he blends human dreams and emotions to concoct what are essentially lucid dreams in the form of structured narratives.  Be Kind Rewind is a romanticized sendoff to that ancient form of entertainment, the videotape.  It’s also a hilarious comedy with Jack Black going for broke co-starring Mos Def.

May 31st: A Fistful of Dollars/The Outlaw Josey Wales (Castro Theatre)

Clint Eastwood.  Tough guys.  The old west.  Need I say more?

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