June 13th: Knife in the Water/Belle de Jour (Castro Theatre – Double-feature)
Oh boy! A double-feature of two firsts. Roman Polanski‘s first feature-length film and Luis Buñuel‘s first film to be seen by me.
Knife in the Water: Roman Polanski seemed to start his career with the knowledge and experience of a seasoned filmmaker. His film, Knife in the Water, is one of the most subtle and intelligent film debuts I have ever seen. Polanski’s ability to create tension and claustrophobia was clearly present in him from his very first venture into film. – Nick
Belle de Jour: Having never seen a Luis Buñuel film before, I figure starting with one staring Catherine Deneuve as a housewife who spends her afternoons as a prostitute is as good of a place to begin as any.
June 14th – 19th: The Hitchcock 9 (Castro Theatre)
The first nine films directed by the King of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock were all silent pictures. The Castro Theatre has them, and I’m going to see them. All nine will have live musical accompaniment. More info for these films can be found at silentfilm.org
June 14th: Blackmail (8:00)
June 15th: Champagne (1:00) – Downhill (4:00) – The Ring (7:00) – The Manxman (9:30)
June 16th: The Farmer’s Wife (noon) – Easy Virtue (2:30) – The Pleasure Garden (5:00) – The Lodger (7:30)
June 14th: The Bling Ring (Major Release)
Director, Sofia Coppola has an extraordinary gift for capturing beauty and profoundness within even the most minimalist of plots, e.g. Lost in Translation (2003), Somewhere (2010). She also directed The Virgin Suicides (1999), which judging on cast and plot alone could also be seen as a movie aimed at the pre-20 demographic. It will be quite interesting to see what she brings to a story that, based on description alone, appears to be anything but minimal. Also, landing a part in a Coppola production (in this case, Sofia) will more than likely further validate Emma Watson‘s acting chops and help her shed the image of Harry Potter’s girlfriend.
June 14th – 15th: Back To the Future (Clay Theatre – Midnight Showings!)
And for those of you who missed this last month at the Castro, and have already begun work on a Delorean time machine of their own, hold your horses. The Clay Theatre has two screenings of this 1980s classic this month. Oh man, when this came out I so wanted a time machine. I sooo wanted to break a kid’s scooter and turn it into a skateboard. I sooo wanted to be friends with an eccentric wild haired genius. And I sooo wanted a puffy vest. Well, one out of 4 isn’t bad, right? As far as movies dealing with time travel are concerned, this one is, and will always be timeless.
June 15th: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Dolores Park – Free Screening!)
Sing it with me, “Dun da-dah dah, Dun da-dahhh, Dun da-dah dah, Dun da-dah dahh dahhhh…” For those of you not able to sing along, that can only mean one thing, you haven’t seen the greatest adventure film ever! Don’t worry, this month’s free screening in the park will bring you up to date. This is arguably Steven Spielberg‘s and Harrison Ford‘s best movie. As soon as the sun goes down, the adventure begins.
June 15th: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Balboa Theatre – 10:00am!)
The Balboa Theatre is showing this as part of their Saturday morning summer programming for kids. Apparently they intend to scare the shit out of San Francisco’s children the same way this movie terrified me as a kid. Having seen this at least a hundred times, you would think I wouldn’t have any desire to see it again. You’d be wrong. Getting to watch this with a theatre full of children shitting their pants from the sheer creepiness of the oompa-loompas or from the villainous Mr. Slugworth is worth the price of admission alone. Willy Wonka, here I come.
June 21st – 22nd: Jaws (Clay Theatre – Midnight Showings!)
The shark film to end all shark films and the first ever “blockbuster,” is one of Steven Spielberg’s most entertaining films. Although I never found Jaws to be particularly scary, I sure remembered it the next time I took a dip. – Nick