San Francisco might be Jason Momoa’s favorite city, but don’t ask if he’s running for governor. The tall, bronze-skinned Honolulu native, who stars in Marcus Nispel’s new Conan the Barbarian, is well aware that comparisons to the screen’s most famous conquering Cimmerian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, are inevitable. And, thank you, he’s heard all the jokes.
Could he care less? Apparently not. He never sought Arnold’s blessing, nor does he seem concerned whether Schwarzenegger enjoys the movie. If he does, great. If not, Momoa won’t be quitting the business.
Pedro Almodóvar takes over the Castro starting Wednesday, as Spain's most internationally acclaimed auteur (whose latest offering, The Skin I Live In, arrives in October) is honored with three double-features, featuring Bad Education, Talk to Her, All About My Mother and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Elsewhere:
1. Grease Sing-Along
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Aug. 12-14
If the prospect of watching James Franco play with primates in Rise of the Planet of the Apes isn't enough to get you off the couch this weekend, we've got several worthy alternatives in this week's Indie Theater Roundup, which comes complete with an Easter egg of sorts: a YouTube video of the late Patrick Swayze recalling his least favorite line in Dirty Dancing! Enjoy.
1. The Guard
With the Silent Film Festival opening today at the Castro and the Jewish Film Festival just around the corner, it's a typically busy summer for Bay Area cinephiles. And if you'd rather avoid the hustle and bustle of the festival crowds, and the massive throng of Muggles lining up to greet Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, no problem – check out any of these indies for a quick cure to your summertime blues.
Ever wanted to rub elbows with a TV icon? I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden, who wore the Miss San Francisco crown in 1951, will receive a homecoming fit for a queen this Sunday at the Castro. The evening's entertainment will include an on-stage interview with Eden, a Jeannie Look-A-Like Contest, a career highlight reel, performances by the Garden of Eden Belly Dancing Superstars, and a special screen surprise. Following those festivities, Eden will host an autograph and book signing. For tickets, click here. Elsewhere:
1. The Big Uneasy
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
Looking to take refuge from the weekend traffic in the air-conditioned confines of a darkened theater? Check out the best of this summer's indie fare – including Bride Flight, Twin Sisters director Ben Sombogaart's award-winning epic romance – now playing at San Francisco's venerable arthouse cinemas, and enjoy your Fourth of July safely, merrily and with a hefty helping of holiday BBQ.
1. Page One: Inside the New York Times
Where: Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary Blvd., 415-751-3213
When: All Week
Don’t look to Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood for men in tights, or the preponderance of swashbuckling heroics seen in previous incarnations of the populist daredevil’s story.
Here, a brooding Robin, played by a somber Russell Crowe, is a valiant opportunist driven to greatness by a birthright he inherits well into adulthood. He’s an expert archer, of course, but as a guerrilla warrior, he is closer to Rambo than to the dashing adventurer portrayed most famously by Errol Flynn and Sean Connery.
Duncan Jones wasn’t pleased with the state of contemporary science-fiction cinema. So he did something about it.
Best known as the son of music icon David Bowie, Jones, 38 – a.k.a. Zowie Bowie – has established himself as a director of high-concept commercials and low-budget music videos. Now, the College of Wooster graduate, who grew up filming Star Wars-inspired one-stop animation movies on an eight-millimeter camera with his father, has moved to the big screen with his impressively cerebral feature-length debut, Moon.