The Woman Chaser – Roxie
A faux film noir comedy about a scummy used car salesman turned wannabe film director. When it was released in 2000, the critics cheered, but it never took off in the theaters, and ownership issues prevented a release on DVD. So basically, if you want to see it, here’s your chance. One cool thing: It was shot in color, and transferred to a high contrast black and white title stock, so that’s a visual treat. Fantastically (?) weird director Robinson Devor will be at Friday night’s showing for Q&A.
How I Ended This Summer – Kabuki. This movie is about what happens when you stick two humans together in the middle of nowhere, with nobody else around for miles and miles. First, they learn to hate each other, and then one tries to kill the other. I mean, that’s just human nature. It was filmed at a remote Russian arctic station, which is just bad-ass, and allows for some breathtaking cinematography.
Vanishing on 7th Street – Lumiere
A subpar horror film about the entire city of Detroit dying during one freak blackout, save a few brave/famous souls. The survivors band together and try not to die. The most interesting thing about this movie is that it boasts a truly odd mix of stars: Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, and Thandie Newton. Uh… okay?
The Oscars Celebration at the Balboa – Balboa
Watch the Oscars with a bunch of new friends! Arrive early for the red carpet because that’s the only part you don’t want to sleep through. The rest is just the movie industry masturbating for fifty hours.
We Were Here – Castro
A documentary that tracks the AIDS crisis from the beginning through present day. Mind numbingly sad, made even more painful because the filmmakers don’t use cheap conventions like cheesy music to tug at your heartstrings, and instead allow the images and testimonies to speak for themselves. Oh, it’s intense, beautiful, and heartbreaking. Go see it. On Friday night, Rufus Wainwright will perform at a gala benefit for Shanti Project, Project Inform, and to support distribution of the film.
Drive Angry 3D – Everywhere
Oh hell yes, it’s the new Con Air. This movie is seriously just Nicholas Cage driving around angry for two hours, and it’s perfect. I love that Nicholas Cage could have been any kind of star he wanted to be, and he actively decided to go full psycho. Releasing this movie the Friday before the Oscars is like a big “fuck you” to the Academy. So good.
Hall Pass – Everywhere
Another terrible buddy comedy from the terrible Farrelly brothers. If you hate women and hate laughing, you should check it out. The world would be a better place if everyone involved in the making of this movie just killed themselves. Too soon, Owen Wilson? No, no, they don’t have to die, but they should at least be forced to pick up garbage on the side of the highway. During a snow storm. IN HELL. Next up: vigorous lovemaking on Star Jones all night. But don’t just take my word for it: Rain hated it too.