June 1st: A Cat in Paris
A 2-D animated film with 3-D character development that features guns, hand-to-hand combat, references to “Goodfellas” and “Reservoir Dogs”, protagonists who are thieves and liars, awkwardly drawn female breasts, and to top it off, it’s suitable for children as well as adults. This is animation at its best!
June 1st: The Loved Ones (AMC Metreon 16)
The only thing scarier than this terrifyingly bloody and crowd pleasing Australian gem about one high schooler’s unhealthy vicious obsession with another student is the fact that one of the most angsty and possible worst pop songs will be forever engrained in your head long after the movie has ended. strangely enough, you won’t mind it one bit. In fact, you’ll probably be crawling back for more.
June 1st – 3rd: Grand Illusion (Castro Theatre)
It is true that some movies can be, and often are, overhyped. Not so is the case here. How strange it is that a war film, 75 years old, can still hold its weight amongst all other war pictures that have been produced ever since, especially ones revolving around POWs. Don’t believe me? Go to the Castro theatre, marvel at the newly restored 35mm pristine print of Jean Renoir‘s greatest work, and see what all the hype is about for yourself. I’ll be there.
June 8th: The Wages of Fear (SF Film Society Cinema/New People)
Two trucks carrying highly explosive nitroglycerine, four desperate men, and an unforgiving terrain, which, if not navigated properly could set any one of the trucks a blazing at any given moment. How’s that for suspense? As intriguing of a plot as that is, the real draw for me seeing this movie for only my second time is to once again get lost in both Armand Thirard‘s perfectly framed black and white cinematography, the incredibly natural performances that made me feel as though the actors weren’t performing at all, and of course Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s just overall direction. Did I mention that the film is being presented on a new 35mm print? Why would anybody in their right mind miss this opportunity?
June 8th: Prometheus (Major)
I’ve tried my best to avoid trailers, or any news about this movie as best as I could. Here is what I do know about this movie; It takes place within the Alien universe, is directed by Ridley Scott (original director of the first Alien), and stars Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron. That’s more than enough information to get me to buy a ticket.
June 13th: Stranger Than Paradise/Down By Law (Castro Theatre)
Warning: Those attending this double feature will more than likely leave the theatre forty times cooler than they were when they entered. The reason; fedoras, prison break outs, double-crosses, gambling, an ultra cool pimping jazzy soundtrack courtesy of John Lurie (who stars in both films, and literally plays a pimp in one of them), Jim Jarmusch‘s brilliant black and white photography and equally brilliant scripts, plus, most importantly, the coolest of cool, Tom waitts.
June 15th: Moonrise Kingdom (Major)
Another Wes Anderson movie of course means another script loaded with dry humor, another stellar cast – this time Francis McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis join Anderson regulars such as Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, but most of all, it means another almost guaranteed enjoyable time to be had in a theatre. As for the film’s actual plot, not that it really matters, IMDB says it’s about “A pair of young lovers who flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.”
June 26th – 27th: Pina/Cave of Forgotten Dreams (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.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is basically Werner Herzog being given permission by the French government (a rare honour which will likely not be repeated for a long time) to spend a few days filming the most ancient, delicate cave paintings known to man, created during the last Ice Age and twice as old as the next oldest set we have discovered. Using 3-D is Herzog’s acknowledgment of the enormity of a privilege he was granted by this, and his desire to share this experience with everyone else in the fullest capacity.