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January 23, 2011


Movie Review: All About Evil

May 8, 2010

The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival just wrapped. Dan wrote earlier about the WWI movie he saw with most of the other historians in our life. I was able to see more flix than normal this year, though most are “larger” films that will see a small release in the US later this year –Claire Denis’s “White Material” with Isabelle Huppert,  Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Air Doll”, Tilda Swinton in “I am Love”.  I did manage to see one old classic (Visconti’s “Senso”) and one “smaller” film, though it was a big event –the world premiere of local celebrity Joshua Grannell’s directorial debut, “All About Evil” which screened at midnight last Saturday at the Castro:

from SFIFF

Shot entirely in SF, it’s the story of a small old movie house, the Victoria, which is in danger of closing. Elements include:  horror, camp, Mink Stole, over-the-top fake gore, a meek librarian-turned homicidal movie concessionaire, an earnest misunderstood high school film buff, obvious local product placement (Spike’s).

Oh the horror!

We waited in line for almost about 45 minutes and got some second row seats. We didn’t luck into sitting behind John Waters in attendance, but we did have a great view of the high energy pre-show. It kinda reminded me of our trip here to see “The Little Mermaid” a couple of years back. People lined up on stage in costume before the show:

An energetic MC pumped up the audience (Joshua in drag alter ego):

Movie props were handed out to the audience. For the mermaid movie, we got dinglehopper forks; this time we were given Dixie cups and the homicidal twin usherettes got ready to pass out the Kool-Aid:

Movie premiere

November 1, 2008

As promised, here is our entry about the world premiere of Gus Van Sant’s movie “Milk,” starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emile Hirsch. I caught a glimpse or two of Sean Penn earlier in the year while they were shooting on location in the Castro, having transformed some of the stores back into their 1970s ancestors. They actually filmed the campaign scenes in the same store that used to be Harvey Milk’s camera shop. And now, to attend the premiere in a grand theater that anchors the neighborhood where the entire story is set with some of Milk’s old friends and today’s mayor and city supervisors in attendance … it was a bit surreal –to say nothing of the after-party in City Hall, where Milk and the mayor were assassinated– though we didn’t make that anyway. Look for the actual release at Thanksgiving. We hung out at the red carpet gaping at the actors and local politicians (senator, mayor, DA, supes, state reps, Donna Sachet) before the cold drove us inside to our nosebleed seats. I was excited to score a retro, stylish “No 8” pin fashioned like the “No 6” pins from the movie. Not to give too much away, but the plot includes Milk’s successful fight against the Briggs Initiative (Prop 6) in 1978. I remember learning about Prop 6 in church as a child across the bay. Talk about coming full circle …. Here are a few shots from the evening.

Our supervisor, Ross Mirkarimi, arrives

Our supervisor, Ross Mirkarimi, arrives

No 8

No 8

The view from the back

The view from the back

See "Early Voting" aka Shotgun Weddings

See "Early Voting," aka Shotgun Weddings

Under the Sea

August 23, 2008

Today was the long-awaited “Sing-Along Little Mermaid” at the Castro Theater. We met Noe, Siobhan, their parents and grandparents in the Castro along with a sea of little 3-7 year-olds. We were surprised that Ariel herself was there to take our tickets and hand out a goodie bag full of props to use during the movie. It was both Noe and Siobhan’s first experience with a real movie theater and they started a lifetime of movie-going in style at the beautiful movie palace that is the Castro Theater.

The movie was fun, though it seemed a bit dated now –––maybe because of Buddy Hackett’s voice. Noe did great, belting out the tunes, especially when you remember that she can’t even read the words they put on screen. They let the little girls, almost all of whom had come in costume (as Ariel, of course) parade on stage prior to the show, and even though Noe had not arrived in costume, she bolted for the front as soon as they announced the parade of princesses. She told the emcee that she was “Princess Noelani.”

Glow-sticks look good in movie theaters

Someone's looking goofy

Waiting in line