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. Jones‘ A 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. Read More…