Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks Only Has Two Eyes

It's impossible for any pair of eyes to view all of Frisco Bay's worthwhile film screenings. I'm so pleased that a number of local filmgoers have let me post their repertory/revival screening highlights of 2011. An index of participants is found here.

The following list comes from Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, who teaches Film History at the Academy of Art University and runs the MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS screening series.

13. Monte Hellman's Ride in the Whirlwind (1965), The Shooting (1966), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and Cockfighter (1974) at the Roxie Theatre on July 23, 24 & 27

12. Jerry Abrams' Sub Rosa Rising (1971) at a sold out Yerba Buena Center for the Arts part of Joel Shepard's brilliant series "Smut Capitol of the World" on August 18

11. Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 (1976) at the Pacific Film Archive which turned out to be the 317 minute unrated version (5 hours and 17 minutes) on July 16

10. Claire Denis' The Intruder (2004) & US Go Home (1994) at the Pacific Film Archive on April 8.

9. David Holzman's Diary (1967) with director Jim McBride IN PERSON at the Victoria Theatre on June 15

8. Hal Ashby's Harold & Maude (1971) at the Red Vic's final nite on July 25. R.I.P.

7. "Watch Out For Children" Triple Bill: Tex (1982), Over the Edge (1979), River's Edge (1986) w/ director Tim Hunter and screenwriter Charlie S. Haas at the Roxie Theatre part of MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS on July 1

6. Jerzy Skolimowski's Deep End (1970) & The Shout (1978) at the Pacific Film Archive on July 22

5. "Heavy Metal-Monster Mash" Quintuple Feature: Gerald Potterton's Heavy Metal (1981), The Monster Squad (1987) w/ director Fred Dekker IN PERSON!, Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap (1984) with the only known 35mm print from Paris, Charles Martin Smith's Trick or Treat (1986) and Claudio Fragasso's Monster Dog (1984) showcasing Alice Cooper at the Castro Theatre part of MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS on April 16

4. The North American premiere of the restored 35mm print of Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) and Victor Sjöström's He Who Gets Slapped (1924) showcasing Lon Chaney at the Castro Theatre part of The SF Silent Film Festival on July 17

3. Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight (1965) on the only existing 35mm print in the US!! at the Pacific Film Archive on December 11

2. The U.S. Premiere (and perhaps the only screening ever) of The Hole in 3D (2009) w/ director Joe Dante IN PERSON at the Castro Theatre part of MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS on October 7

1. Hands down one of the most overwhelming and inventive films of the last decade, Bala's Naan Kadavul (I Am God, 2009) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts part of the series Cruel Cinema: New Directions in Tamil Film on October 9

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