Seven Things to Do with a Buddy (Before You're Dead), After You See This Week's Midnites for Maniacs
This weekend Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' excellent and audacious Midnight for Maniacs film series returns to the Castro this Friday with a triple dose of palate cleansing power violence that he's chosen to call "Stranded with a Buddy." If your parents came home late when you were a kid, you've probably seen at least one of these films at least ten times, but nothing beats watching them from a plush seat at the Castro with a couple hundred of your weirdest friends.
The San Francisco International Film Festival hit its halfway mark last night, but there are still plenty of sights yet to be seen at this city’s largest film bash. I invited Hell on Frisco Bay’s Brian Darr to join us again with his seven picks from the final week’s screenings and events:
I'm working at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year, which means that by the well-tread 'rules of journalism' it wouldn't really be proper for me to cover it. Nonetheless, it's definitely the biggest event of the year for Bay Area film buffs, and 7x7 wouldn't want to leave you in the dark without a flashlight–especially with over 170 films on the docket. I've recruited a friend of mine, Hell on Frisco Bay's Brian Darr, to give you his picks for the first week of the fest:
Farewell, My Queen
If you have friends, someone has probably invited you to see the mega-hit "The Hunger Games." Or told you its entire plot over a water cooler when you just wanted to go home. Or engaged you in a philosophical discussion of its implications on contemporary feminism over organic coffee and gluten-free donuts. However, if you live your life on the internet and have virtually zero friends like me, you’ve probably noticed that a whole lot of people have compared it to a 12-year-old Japanese movie called "Battle Royale."
San Francisco is pretty much fanboy heaven. We don’t just have comic book shops, we have a comic book lounge that may or may not be run by a Super Villain. Other cities have book clubs and pool tournaments; we have PetchaKutcha and Nerd Nite. Even our alternative culture is perpetually on the edge of descending into total geek-dom - supposedly adult Burning Man Festival points at a very specific desire, to dress up like someone else, to cosplay (costume play).
Morgan Spurlock’s new film, Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope, is about just that desire.
Dinner and a movie might be the most hackneyed date idea since parking up on Twin Peaks for some necking and heavy petting, but a drink (or drinks) and a movie is a criminally underexplored combo that comes highly recommended by many discerning cinephiles. With the Roxie’s new beer-and-wine license and the opening of a full bar at The Alamo Draft House on the horizon, now is as good a time as any to start practicing your pairings.
Now that festival season is officially in full swing, every weekend the theaters, halls and parking lots of San Francisco will become a battleground for your filmic attention, until you either attain mystic transcendance, stop caring, or simply drop dead from seeing too many films. For those of us with a fidgety disposition, the Disposable Film Festival, which opens today, is a uniquely appealing option--and probably the best odds most of us will ever have to see our own films shine down on the Castro Theatre's 1,407 seats (that's 2,814 eyeballs).
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