“DOMO ARRiGATO, MR. ROBOTO!” Five Film Fest! – Castro, Saturday
Midnight for Maniacs presents us five favorite robot flicks – Westworld (with Yul Brenner!!), The Terminator (“I came across time for you”), Robocop (Mango-paste!), Transformers (the animated movie which will probably bring up some repressed childhood memories), and a secret one (Robocop again please!).
Unstoppable – Cineplexes
Nothing you can say (Eve & Tim) will make me like Chris Pine’s way of acting: tilt head slightly down, lean arms against something in front of you, look up (with your eyes), and speak in a very serious manner. Also, smile a little out of the corner of your mouth.
San Francisco International Animation Festival – Thursday to Sunday, Embarcadero
It’s that time of year again for the extremely popular San Francisco Film Society to showcase worldly and cutting edge animation.
Shorts include Best of Annecy (Friday & Sunday), Near and Far … and Animals (Sunday) which is kid friendly! Take them away from the pop culture vomit of gerbils singing “Thriller”! Cool Animated Music Videos in Play it by Eye (Saturday).
Features includes such films as Mai Mai Miracle (Saturday) by the protege of Hayao Miyazaki, famous for strong-girl cartoons like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, who brings us a story about two teenage girls daydreaming and adventuring in Japan.
Visionary, arty animation like Gravity was Everywhere Back Then (Saturday), a live action/animation hybrid about a love story with losing someone to cancer; or Johnny Ray and Sky: Channel Drift (Friday), two San Franciscans who have lots of weird things to animatedly show like in an MIA show.
This is only a sampling, but you can see more in the SFIAF Online Screening Room.