Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Puzzle Within the Castro Theater's July 2015 Calendar

There doesn't appear to be a puzzle in the July calendar of the Castro Theatre.

The photo on July 4 is of Jack Nicholson from the closing moments of The Shining.

The Castro is closed on July 4, 6 and 20 but only July 4 has a photo.


The July calendar is dominated by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival which has renamed itself the Jewish Film Institute.  The festival runs July 23 to August 2.

Among the non-SFJFF highlights:

July 2 - Gimme Shelter...a powerful Maysles brothers film about the infamous Altamont Speedway concert.
July 7 - Ex Machina is my favorite film of 2015 (year-to-date)

July 8 - Hustle; a 1975 neo-noir starring Burt Reynolds and Catherine Deneuve and directed by Robert Aldrich.

July 17 - The Hitcher; a favorite from my teenage years.  Rutger Hauer plays the hitchhiker from hell terrorizing C. Thomas Howell.  I haven't seen this film in 25 years.  The Hitcher is paired with Mad Max 2 and is presented by Midnites for Maniacs.

July 21 - Contempt is my favorite Jean-Luc Godard film.

For whatever reason, the Castro seems to have latched onto Blade Runner.  They're screening it July 13 & 14.  I believe that will be the 4th & 5th days which that film has screened at the theater within the last year.

Jaws is also a favorite of mine but the film has been screened at Hole in the Head in December and has been on TV quite a bit lately.


Castro Theater Calendar - July 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Puzzle Within the Castro Theater's June 2015 Calendar

I didn't do very well with the June calendar of the Castro Theater.

June 8 - I thought this was Ava Gardner but when I figured out the June 15 clue, I cheated by searching on line.  It turns out that the photo on June 8 is Gypsy Rose Lee.  I have heard of Gypsy Rose Lee and have even seen a few clips of her doing a fan dance but did not recognize her.  In my defense, whenever I see photos or film clips of Lee, my attention is not focused on her face.

June 15 - I did not know who this was.  I searched the internet and discovered it was Billy Rose, noted song lyricist, nightclub owner, theatrical producer as well as Fanny Brice's husband.  I don't know if I've ever seen a photo of him before.

June 29 - Rose Marie...who I recognized immediately from The Dick Van Dyke Show.  Although it has nothing to do with the puzzle, I find Mary Tyler Moore during her time on the show to be incredibly appealing.

Gypsy Rose Lee, Billy Rose & Rose Marie - I assume the puzzle is pointing to the June 4 screening of Rosemary's Baby which I missed.  I also know that June's Birth Flower is a rose.


The June 30 screening of Contempt and Mulholland Drive has been rescheduled to July 21.  The films were bumped by an event that sounds like something from a film.  Kim Kardashian West is appearing at a Commonwealth Club event.  Kim Kardashian "in conversation with Judge LaDoris Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose."  I wonder how that conversation went at the Commonwealth Club.

"Hey let's get Kim Kardashian to speak at one of our events."

"That's a great idea but who would interview her?"

"Let's get that 60something retired judge who is now the independent police auditor in San Jose!"


The July 1 TBA has been announced.  It's a documentary called The Deepest Depths of the Burrow.  If you know what or who Nychos is, the film may appeal to you.


Castro Theater Calendar - June 2015