Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Upcoming Big Screen Movie Fun In The San Francisco Bay Area

Hot on the high heels of yet another very cool San Francisco Silent Film Festival, more fun and entertaining classic movie events shall rock San Francisco Bay Area screens in the month of June.

First and foremost, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum presents Charlie Chaplin Days on June 11-12.

As a prelude to the 19th Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival later this month, there will be great Chaplin programs at the museum, featuring Charlie's Essanay films, A Night Out (co-starring the hilarious Ben Turpin), The Champion, In The Park, A Jitney Elopement and The Tramp.

There will also be Little Tramp-related activities on picturesque Niles Boulevard all weekend. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum has been doing terrific silent movie screenings and events for more than a decade and deserve your support! Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival is on June 24-26.

A week after Charlie Chaplin Days, on Saturday June 18, Bay Area Film Events will present the first of two Godzilla tribute programs - the second will be on July 30 - at The Historic Bal Theatre in San Leandro. We at Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog love thunder lizards, providing they are not stepping on us or our cheap, crummy used cars - not to mention torching the cities we reside in.

Yes, we admit it, we're suckers for drive-in movies starring rampaging irradiated dinosaurs - even the redundantly titled The Giant Behemoth.

If King Kong Meets Godzilla has not been chosen for Tokyo's version of the National Film Registry for sheer entertainment value, it should be!

We're happy to see that special screenings of King Kong Meets Godzilla shall benefit Curtain Call Performing Arts.

Tough to pick among the many thunder lizard epics, which are all quite the radiation blast in big screen glory with an enthusiastic audience. This correspondent's nod - well, at least today - goes to the matinee and Creature Features favorites, Attack Of The Mushroom People and Destroy All Monsters. Big time ridiculousness! Big time movie entertainment! Big time giant malevolent irradiated creatures!

Closing this veritable June bounty of pop culture mayhem and generally questionable entertainment, last but not least, will be the next KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival on Saturday, June 25. New And Improved like 1950's era dishwashing detergents, the program will bring Robert Emmett of KFJC, curator/perpetrators Sci Fi Bob Ekman, Paul F. Etcheverry and Scott "Planet X" Moon - and an unsuspecting audience - back to room 5015 on the Foothill College campus in Los Altos Hills for another delirious all-16mm extravaganza.

All this talk of monster movies and the KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival brings to mind Joe Dante's Matinee and the trailer for the William Castle style drive-in epic within the film. It's a fitting signoff for today's post.

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