Go Bowie Or Spice Girls

Special screenings this week include the start of a series of films starring David Bowie and/or his music as well as the launch of a monthly music video sing-a-long spinning out from the S.F. IndieFest.

Bigas Luna Tribute

Bigas Luna is the Spanish filmmaker whose films launched the careers of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The Roxie Theater presents a quartet of Luna’s films, including the classic Jamon Jamon (a love triangle mixing eroticism and food, featuring a cured ham leg duel) and Anguish (a horror film about a man hypnotized to go on a killing spree thanks to telepathic commands from his mother).

Screens March 6 to 8 at the Roxie Theater

Branded To Kill

This month’s Nippon Nights film is the crazed Seijun Suzuki thriller starring Jo Shishido as Hanada, a hitman who gets off on the smell of boiled rice. After a bungled job, the hitman’s new contract becomes a mix of both professional and sexual obsession for him. Fulfilling the contract will require Hanada to take on Japan’s legendary No. 1 hitman.

Screens March 10 at the Roxie Theater

Christiane F.

Music from David Bowie’s 1977-79 Berlin phase provides the soundtrack for Uli Edel’s story of a 13-year-old girl’s descent into heroin hell. A rare screening of the definitive film on 1980s heroin chic.

Screens March 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The Last Action Hero

The Dark Room Theater’s final month of Bad Movie Nights continues with this Arnold Schwarzenegger misfire which opened the same weekend as Jurassic Park. Allegedly another Hollywood attempt at doing a parody of action movies, any laughter and entertainment derived from this film isn’t deliberately created by the people who made the film. Then again, this film did spawn an AC/DC music video featuring Schwarzenegger wearing Angus Young’s short pants.

Screens March 8 at the Dark Room Theater

Oh Snap! The ’90s Sing-A-Long Show!

S.F. IndieFest spins its power ballad sing-a-long festival show into a monthly sing-a-long music video program at the Roxie Theater. This month’s theme is 1990s pop. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten the lyrics to a favorite song, as they’ll be flashed onscreen while the music plays at level 11.

Screens March 6 at the Roxie Theater\

Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

The Yerba Buena Center For The Arts begins a month of films starring David Bowie with this concert film directed by D.A. Pennebaker. Bowie plays his gender-bending glam rock alter ego Ziggy Stardust making a final live performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1973.

Screens March 5-7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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