Dir. Richard Donner
The producer of both the Lethal Weapon and Free Willy franchises lands somewhere inexplicable in between, and directs this endearing adventure movie for kids. Before they were criminals or hobbits, they were the much adored kids we loved to listen to scream incessantly for 114 minutes. Join Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Joe Pantoliano, and Martha Plimpton as they bring us the magical tale of one group of kids who refuse to give up, go on a hunt for hidden treasure, overcome each others crippling lack of social graces, and ultimately keep the waterfront slum they live in from being torn down.
Saturday night’s events kick off our festival in style as we explore “One-eyed Willy’s Cave of Wonder!!”
March 31~ April 1
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Once again, cinematic mad-man Quentin Tarantino’s unique eye graces our silver screen as we bring you the film that changed the movie industry forever. A powerful cast including Bruce Willis, god-who-walks-as-a-man Christopher Walken, Ving Raimes, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, and Sam Jackson bring this complex net of intertwined crime stories to us in the way that only Mr. Tarantino can pull off. One thousand and one cameos support this film that made the whole of Hollywood sit up and pay attention at last to independent cinema.
Come Saturday and join in our “Bad-ass Bible Beat-down!”
Harold and Maude
Dir. Hal Ashby
Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort star in this delightful movie that showed us all that love knows no bounds. A wealthy young malcontent attempts to win his mother’s attention by pretending to kill himself over and again, but gives up when he finds love in the most unlikely place. Maude, a well-heeled, world traveling, free spirit teaches him to be happy by embracing the beauty in his blah blah blah hippy crap. One of the sweetest, funniest and most heart-warming dark comedies of all time, and still fresh after 35 years, this film, shot largely in the Bay Area, is a gem that cannot be missed, and features a gorgeous soundtrack by Cat Stevens.
No one can miss our Saturday event, a tribute to inter-generational love.
April 14~15 Easter Weekend
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
Dir. Nicholas Meyer
EVEN NUMBERED TREK MOVIES RULE!
The director of both B movie travesty Invasion of the Bee Girls and Fatal Attraction signs on to the Star Trek franchise and brings us, arguably, the best Trek movie to date. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the rest of the gang are rejoined by Ricardo Montalban in the sequel to the original series episode Space Seed. Montalban plays the Indian prince Khan who leads a group of genetically engineered supermen lost in space in suspended animation for hundreds of years, and tries to seize the Enterprise. Shatner’s melodrama finally finds an appropriate outlet in the eulogy of his best friend Spock. Fear not! For in the third film (sucks), Spock rises from the dead! This is also the film that introduced the world to Kirstie Alley (thanks!)!
Saturday night’s event will include our “William Shatner Poetry Slam.”
The Princess Bride
Dir. Rob Reiner
Reiner brings us a magical fairy tale about true love and overcoming evil and adversity. A cast of thousands including Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright- Penn, Peter Falk, Fred Savage and many, many more bring this classic to life. A young boy (Savage), jaded to the world of books by video games and the MTV, spends the day in bed sick with his grandfather (Falk) and rediscovers the simple joy of story time, and the wonder of true love.
Join us Saturday night for “Story Time With Grampa.”
Dir. Wes Anderson
The creative team of the brothers Anderson and Wilson rocket onto the screen in their sophomore effort with this darling film, a window into the life of an iconoclastic youth wrestling with love, friendship, betrayal, acceptance, and genius. Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) falls in love with a teacher at his school (Olivia Williams) in his spare time between school, chapel, dozens of clubs, the spiritual, academic, and social guidance of his junior chapel partner, Dirk, and directing the theatrical adaptations of cop dramas like Serpico. Meanwhile, his best friend and financial backer (Bill Murray) falls in love with the same woman, and trouble ensues!
Come Saturday for an evening with “The Max Fischer Players.”
The Poseidon Adventure
Dir. Ronald Reame
The great granddaddy of all disaster films powers onto our screen in a thrilling digital presentation just in time to milk the opening of its remake of the same name, and sadly, mourn the recent loss of a true Hollywood giant, the late great Shelley Winters. A veritable constellation of stars join her, including Gene Hackman, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, and Roddy McDowell in the tale of a cruise ship flipped upside down by a freak wave on the open sea. The survivors of the cataclysm must make their way upward to the bottom of the ship to try and find safety and keep themselves alive! One of the most exciting adventure films of all time holds up today in spite of the camp value that time has unfortunately pushed upon both the script and the acting. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a classic, and must not be missed!
Saturday’s events will include our “Shelly Winters Memorial Triathlon.”
Death to Smoochy
Dir. Danny DeVito
John Stewart, Robin Williams, Ed Norton, and Catherine Keener star in the story of corruption, greed, murder, intrigue, graft, anti-Semitism, drugs, latent sexualities, and of course, children’s television programming. Smoochy the Rhino (Norton), a recovering anger junky turned big hearted macro-biotic food enthusiast, makes his way into the fetid cesspool of kid’s TV, only to have to survive the dangers and temptations of the Irish mob, the children’s charity mob, the Jewish mob, and the vengeful wrath of deposed icon Rainbow Randolf (Williams). This film did horribly at the box office, was panned by critics, and must be seen to be believed!
Come on down on Saturday for our “Plushy Fetish Expose!”
PLUS, A BONUS WEEK!!
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Join Professor Indiana Jones (archeologist, gentleman adventurer, and erstwhile Casanova) as he trots around the globe, stealing indigent peoples’ precious religious icons and thwarting the Nazi hoards! This, the 25th anniversary of the greatest academic/ rogue film of all time comes to our screen for the first time tonight for the close of our festival. Harrison Ford carries the rest of the cast, the entire plot, and every action sequence in the film. Kerato Conjuctivitis survivor Karen Allen costars. Come on out and see it again for the first time!
Our closing night festivities will include live unicorn races, a dance party with the 1972 Miami Dolphins (the only undefeated and untied team in NFL history), the Olsen Twins performing their new song “Slumber Party,” and free California Condor “Denver” omelets with every paid admission!* All this and more, for just $8!