As a nation reacts with faux-surprise to the news of TomKat's demise, one question remains: what movie to see this weekend to ease the faux-pain? You could ogle Magic Mike's ludicrously luscious abs (review below); guffaw in spite of yourself at Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's big-screen leap, Ted; or suffer through Woody Allen's latest, To Rome With Love(a big reason I won't be seeing it: Dennis Harvey's review).
You could get in line for The Amazing Spider-Man, which I have seen but am not allowed to whisper a word about until its opening Tuesday, July 3. Ahem.
Or, you could hit up the Roxie, which is opening both a strange nugget of sci-fi-ish weirdness and a Beat-gen classic (and while you're there, pick up tickets for the theater's July 6 kung-fu double feature). Also of note: Canadian Léa Pool's eye-opening documentary about "breast cancer culture." Reviews below.
Exciting news rumbling from beneath Valencia Street's staunchly independent Lost Weekend Video: the micro-theater Cinecave is opening this week with events Thu/29 and Fri/30, after an awesomely successful Kickstarter campaign. The 25-seat screening room, available for members of Lost Weekend's Cineclub (join at the store), boasts real movie theater seats, a brand-new screen, and kickin' sound system.
So, what-all's gonna go down in the Cinecave? According to Lost Weekend's Kickstarter page:
This week: Frameline continues. Where have you been?
Hollywood's great hopes this week involve, as Game of Thrones would say, "the pointy end": the arrow-slingin' grrl rebel (a character type that's all the rage lately) in Pixar's Brave and and the monster-staking activities of the 16th prez in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. (Let's be honest, Abe: mash-ups are kinda 2001, and vampires are so 2008.) Our reviews below.
Also from the factory of mass-marketed dreams is Steve Carell's uninspiring road trip into the apocalypse, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Read Dennis Harvey's review here.
Hollywood's two big releases are the Adam Sandler-Andy Samberg arrested-development yukfest That's My Boy, and the Tom Cruise hair metal musical Rock of Ages. If you're excited about either, you probably aren't the type of person who gives two shits what movie critics say. Just a guess. So, enjoy. As you were.
"The exhibition paints a picture of the amazing breadth of the Bay Area’s film history and filmmaking community, using educational text panels, photographs, posters, vintage cameras, movie props and other objects. Slide shows, lectures, book signings, oral history recordings, screenings, and multimedia will also be part of the exhibition."
(I can't confirm there will be a Harry Callahan street shootin' simulator, but that would be pretty awesome, no?)
Prometheus, fuck yeah! Finally, after way too many spoiler-y trailers, Ridley Scott's new sci-fi epic reaches theaters. My review below, along with a few others this week worth seeing, if aliens and such don't float your boat. (But seriously, Prometheus! Worth seeing, even if aliens don't float your boat.)
Also worth checking out: the Pacific Film Archive's series highlighting local experimental talent Nathaniel Dorsky (Max Goldberg's write-up here) and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' exciting "New Filipino Cinema" programming (Dennis Harvey reports here, with a bonus midnight-movie DVD recommendation here).
Good news for fans of the watch-movies-at-home lifestyle (stay tuned for tomorrow's post aimed at new-movies-in-the-theater junkies): just in time for Pride season (and just a week ahead of Frameline 36, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival), Wolfe — "the largest exclusive distributor of gay and lesbian films" — launched a worldwide video-on-demand service.
Zip on over to Wolfeondemand.com to check out the 30 titles available for instant streaming (kind of like Netflix, you "rent" the film for viewing via home computer, iPad, iPhone, or even iPodTouch). The company plans to have its entire library of features and docs available eventually, but for now, check out films like Tomboy, which spent just a brief time in Bay Area theaters last year but was among Guardian critic Lynn Rapoport's top three of 2011 (read her review here).
Admit it: you've already searched showtimes for Piranha 3DD(I totally did). It wasn't screened for critics (duh). There's plenty more to report on in the world o'cinema, however, including buzzed-about indie The Color Wheelat the Roxie and Smith Rafael (check out Ryan Lattanzio's review/interview here) and the latest from Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom(Michelle Devereaux has mixed feelings here).
Attention! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! We are at zombie threat level red (as in oozing, dripping, blood red ... don't deny it, you clicked the photo link just like I did). So, what's a proactive citizen to do? Bar your doors, board up the windows, start rationing the Cheetos, and immediately overload your brrrraaaaaaaaiiiinnnn with these shambling, flesh-eating highlights (and lowlights) of undead cinema. And this is by no means a complete list. Use it as a jumping-off point to enrich your ongoing zombie education. WHAT YOU LEARN MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE.
As we all breathlessly count the days — nay, milliseconds — until the June 1 release of Piranha 3DD, there's still plenty to gnaw on this Memorial Day weekend. Chernobyl Diaries screens tonight (i.e., the night before it opens) which is usually not a great sign, but it's likely critic-proof anyway (even for me, someone who's not entirely opposed to the idea of a new genre: nuclear-meltdown-sploitation! Sit down, 1979's China Syndrome. This one's got screaming teens and spooky spooks!) Er, anyway ... check back tomorrow for my review of that one.
Meanwhile, apply your brain and/or sense of social justice while watching Michael Glawogger's final entry in his "globalization trilogy," Whores' Glory (Dennis Harvey's review here), or adjust your popcorn levels accordingly for these other recommends: