Coming to This Year’s 58th SF Intl Film Festival: “Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live!” and “Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents”

Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live
(Director Jody Shapiro)

Green_Porno_Live_01two-stars1Want to see Isabella Rossellini dress up in artsy animal costumes and explain their sex lives? Who wouldn’t? To do so simply go to Youtube.com, type in “Isabella Rossellini bug sex”, and bang, there ya go. Insightful and humorous enjoyment right at your fingertips.

Want to watch Ms. Rossellini act if she is putting on aires (intentional or not) in a movie documenting the behind-the-scenes happenings of her adapted one-woman stage show of her bug perspective monologues? Well if fluffy movies that seem more like an extended lackluster DVD bonus feature is your thing, I say go for it. Sadly, this movie does not live up to the expectations I had after watching the far superior Youtube short films. But hey, to each their own.

Showtimes for Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live:
Sunday, April 26th – 8:00pm (Sundance Kabuki Cinemas)
Monday, April 27th – 2:30pm (Sundance Kabuki Cinemas)

Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents:
(Director Don Hardy)

Theory_of_Obscurity_02two-stars1Yet another conventional paint-by-numbers talking head documentary (this one actually includes a member of the Talking Heads) that is more suited for a VH1 formulaic “Behind the Music” episode than it is a movie screen. At its best the whole thing plays like a very well put together puff piece that was made by a fan for other fans of the band. Other than Penn Jillette‘s brief mentioning of how the group’s ethos should serve to inspire anybody (artist or not), and the idea behind just what the theory of obscurity actually means – both of which take up maybe 3 minutes of the thankfully short 87 minute running time – there wasn’t a whole lot for me to take away from this movie. Then again, maybe bigger fans of the band will get more enjoyment out of it then I did.

Showtimes for Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents:
Saturday, April 25th – 8:45pm (Pacific Film Archive – Berkeley)
Friday, May 1st – 9:00pm (Sundance Kabuki Cinemas)
Sunday, May 3rd – 6:15pm (Sundance Kabuki Cinemas)

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