November 1 - The Birth of a Nation is Nate Parker's directorial debut and feature him in the lead role as Nat Turner (of the slave rebellion fame). The film has mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment. Despite its title and similar historical setting, the film is not a remake of D.W. Griffith's epic.
November 3 - Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is the opening night film of the San Francisco Film Society's DocStories program. I already have my ticket.
November 18 - Donnie Darko and Prisoners form a Jake Gyllenhaal double feature. It's been a few years since I last watched Donnie Darko. The synopsis states the "Original cut" will be screened which I interpret to mean the version with the Echo and the Bunnymen score which is my preferred version.
November 20 - Mississippi Mermaid and Rear Window is a pairing of the renowned mutual admirers Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut. Mississipi is spelled with only one "p" in the French title and stars two icons of French cinema: Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve.
November 23 - The Ice Storm is an early (1997) English language Ang Lee film with a eye-popping cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci & Elijah Wood.
Among the non-Castro Theater screenings which I have put on my November calendar are:
November 3 to 7 - The French Had a Name For It 3 at the Roxie.
November 10 to 13 - Third I San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival with screenings at the Castro Theater and the New People World Cinema. There is a one-day South Bay session on November 19 at Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino.
November 19 - 2016 Sacramento Mini French Film Festival at the Crest Theater.
October 27 to November 20 - 2016 Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival at various venues. The two films which appeal most to me are Rabin, The Last Day (November 19) and Sabena Hijacking: My Version (November 17).
October 27 to November 9 - 2016 Another Hole in the Head Film Festival at New People World Cinema. Horror films don't appeal much to me anymore but I feel like I should support the IndieFest team by attending a few screenings.
November 23 - Blind Woman's Curse at the Roxie as part of their Nippon Nights series. BWC is a 1970 tale of revenge starring Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood and Female Convict Scorpion series) as a female Yakuza.
|Castro Theater Calendar - November 2016|