Hildreth's Hot Tix
OK, so I'm resurrecting a really ancient column that I used to write for a weekly newspaper in Santa Cruz that will remain nameless. Hence the dorky heading. I always liked that column title, dumb as it is. These are my recommendations of events, people and things I think you need to pay attention to.
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/pfa_programs/janetgaynor/index.html for more.
Janet Gaynor is finally getting the revival that she richly deserves. Thanks to the UCLA Film and Television Archive, many of her best films have been preserved on new prints, and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley is running many of them right now. Coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 2 is The Farmer Takes a Wife (Fox, 1935), which is also Henry Fonda's debut film. Also coming up is her best-know film: the original (and best) A Star is Born (Selznick/United Artists, 1937), on Saturday, Aug. 5. Check out
Louise Brooks' second film with German director G.W. Pabst, Diary of a Lost Girl (Pabst-Film, 1929), can be seen at the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto on Friday, Aug. 4. Dennis James, easily one of the best theater organists in the world, will accompany this amazing film. Check out http://www.stanfordtheatre.org/stf/calendar.html for more details.
One of my all-time favorite films, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (MGM, 1968) will screen in 70mm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, Friday Aug. 11. If you've never seen this one in a theater, you've never seen it. http://www.thecastrotheatre.com/
So you won't get the wrong impression about me: I love cheese, too. Warriors (Paramount, 1979), Walter Hill's gloriously awful punk-era-won't-the-fin-de-siècle-ever-bloody-well-get-here-already-for-crying-out-loud journey into wierdness, plays at the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 & 5. http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com/to come out and pla-a-a-ay.
And the absolutely most fun show in town, Peaches Christ's Midnight Mass, brings you Death Race 2000, Paul (Eating Raoul) Bartel's post-apocolyptic automotive masterpiece, featuring Sly Stallone and David Carradine, at the Bridge Theater in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 5 at midnight. Ms. Christ's shows are quite possibly the coolest thing happening in the Bay Area. Mary Woronov will be at this show in person. You've been warned.
Person of talent to watch out for:
Nichole Carlson is a truly gifted filmmaker who is going to knock your socks off. She is working on her first feature, a neo-noir film called Vicious. Her sense of timing, her flair for frame composition and her talent for visual storytelling is astonishing for someone who's still fairly new to filmmaking. She's so good that pretty soon she'll stop returning my calls. You can learn more about Vicious at http://www.viciousthemovie.com/ and you can see some of her short films on YouTube at http://youtube.com/profile_videos?user=nmcgillicuddy . I strongly recommend Give Up the Ghost for sheer brilliance, Remote Control for sheer fun.