I haven’t done one of these in a long time, and I’m not really prepared, and I’m just trying to get my feet wet again, so bear with me.
Okay, festival news: I haven’t been following the festivals, but these ones are going on right now:
And here are a few movies and events worth checking out:
A Bringing Up Baby, Stanford, Friday through Sunday. Now here’s something strange. The last weekly newsletter I posted, more than four months ago, also included Bringing Up Baby, and it was also at the Stanford. Different double bill though. How does one define a screwball comedy? You could say it’s a romantic comedy with glamorous movie stars behaving like broad, slapstick comedians. You could point out that screwballs are usually set amongst the excessively wealthy, and often explore class barriers. Or you could simply show Howard Hawks’ frivolous and hilarious tale about a mild-mannered paleontologist (Cary Grant), a ditzy heiress (Katharine Hepburn), and a tame leopard (a tame leopard). On a double-bill with An Affair to Remember, which I saw a long time ago and didn’t care for.
A Let the Right One In, Red Vic, Wednesday and Thursday. Better than Horror of Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, and The Lost Boys, and maybe better than Nosferatu, this is one of the great vampire movies. What better place for a vampire than a Swedish winter? The nights are very long, snow covers everything, and people drink heavily and seem depressed to begin with. It’s like Bergman, only with undead bloodsuckers. Let the Right One In is also a coming-of-age story, about first love between a boy about to turn 13 and a girl who has been 12 “for a very long time.”
Short Subject Night, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Saturday, 7:30. A week before Halloween, and they’ve already got a scary vibe—well, a funny, scary vibe—with four haunted house comedies. I can vouch for Harold Lloyd’s “Haunted Spooks” (even though it gets a bit racist, as films from the ‘20s often do), as well as Buster Keaton’s “The Haunted House.” I think I may have seen Laurel and Hardy’s “Habeas Corpus” long ago, but I’m not sure.
Thrillville’s Halloween Gore ‘N Snorefest, Balboa, Thursday, 7:30. The Parkway and Cerrito are gone (at least the Cerrito in its Speakeasy version, but Thrillville continues. Will the Thrill and Monica the Tiki Goddess promise Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Zontar: The Thing from Venus, and assorted oddities.