Feb 1: Midnight In Paris (Castro Theatre)
Midnight in Paris might be Woody Allen‘s first great comedy in decades, but it was worth the wait. The film follows an author (Owen Wilson) on an unexpected journey through different eras in Paris’ history. As he travels through the years and meets some of histories most eccentric and hilarious characters, he tries to find validation of his book and meaning in his life. Midnight in Paris is a surreal, intelligent comedy that’s as entertaining as it is meaningful.
Feb 1 – 2: Drive (Roxie Theatre)
The whole feel of Drive is as if Stanley Kubrick rose from the grave to direct the screen adaption of popular video game Grand Theft Auto. Drive is a poem composed of love, graphic violence, fast cars, and an awesome jacket. Director Nicolas Winding Refn brings the beauty of an “art house” film into the action/suspense genre and by doing so he has created one of the best films of the year. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan with brilliant support from Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston and Ron Perlman.
Feb 2: Groundhog Day/Caddyshack (Castro Theatre)
Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day, it’s a no-brainer really. This movie easily falls into my top 10 comedies of all time. Yeah, it’s that good! Bill (Motha fuckin’!) Murray is at his best as the cynical, grumpy weatherman forced to repeat the same day over and over again for what is the equivalent of years. Everything that makes Bill Murray great is on display here, from his acute reactive comedic timing to his dry wit.
As for Caddyshack, I can never understand why this movie is so popular. The last time I saw it (about 10 years ago) I was dumbfounded as to why I was the only one in a full theatre to not utter a single chuckle. But since The Castro offers a two-for-one deal on all Double-Features, I think I’ll try and give it another chance. Read More…