Cinematic pioneer, detached voyeur, master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock's singular vision -- which earned him much respect and accolades, yet never an Oscar for best director -- was in full effect in such classics like Psycho, The Birds, and North by Northwest. But other films that displayed a knack for experiment and playfulness often get overlooked by the casual moviegoer. To remedy that, The Castro Theatre is presenting six days of the master's undersung gems, starting tomorrow, which will include the "one-take" wonder Rope, the often-mimicked The Lady Vanishes (we're looking at you, Flightplan), and the witty Lifeboat, which was set entirely on... um, a lifeboat...
One of San Francisco's most campy, time-honored traditions returns to the Castro Theatre December 1-5. If you've never experienced Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, get thee to the theatre's gilded auditorium for one (or five) of the drunken, rambunctious screenings of this stone-cold classic, which celebrated its 45th anniversary this year. Another great reason to go? It's supposed to rain most of the weekend.
A flood of leather daddies will venture into SOMA for the world's largest leather party and unofficial gay holiday, the Folsom Street Fair this weekend Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, and as always there will quite a lot to see.
Stretching down Folsom Street from 7th to 12th Streets, almost 400,000 people will crowd the streets dressed in leather dog masks, collars, latex and not much else. Leading up to the fair are loads of events crammed into SF Leather Week (full schedule here) which will really get you in the mood for Sunday.
If there is a current topic better suited than the news biz to the hard-boiled, cinematic stylings of Film noir, then I know it not.
Like this beloved B-movie genre, so, too, is the (once-beloved) newspaper industry black-and-white ... and bruised ... all over. The majority of American newsrooms, sadly, are In a Lonely Place, indeed.
You’d be surprised at the number of people who harbor a latent desire to sit in a dark theater with a few hundred strangers and sing in chorus, “You Are Sixteen, Going On Seventeen.”
Nothing unites folks more than shared nostalgia. Reliving some of your favorite childhood things along with a roomful of stranger bonds the crowd, swiftly and inextricably.
And, in this crummy economy, maybe knowing that a gaggle of spunky kids had to wear drapes for play clothes -- and still managed to escape the Nazis, can make us feel a little better about thrift.
The red carpet was flooded with super celebs last night for the big SF Milk premiere (the biopic about late SF Supe Harvey Milk) at the Castro Theatre. The long list of stars included director Gus Van Sant, Sean and Robin Wright Penn, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the dreamy James Franco, photographer David LaChapelle, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch and many more.