These are the movies at this year's Hole in the Head
that I saw and deemed good. (I'm going to just try and forget the ones that sucked instead of micro-reviewing them.) Some of these might still be playing. (There are also a few left in the festival that I haven't seen yet).
The Machine Girl
Awesome. This is the movie that Planet Terror wished it was.
A lot of fun in the way that Evil Dead 2 and Night of the Creeps were fun.
Exte: Hair Extensions
Killer hair extensions! Hairy tongues! Hair that bleeds!
A formerly-conjoined twin is (maybe) haunted by her dead sister. The ending is a little predictable, but it was well done.
Atom Nine Adventures
A fun 30s-scifi-serial style flick made with no money. Has the kind of campy earnestness that Raiders of the Lost Ark did.
The Gene Generation
Ok I said I wasn't going to review the movies that sucked, but seriously, stay the hell away from this one. This was some serious bullshit. It wasn't even as good as Gunhed or Death Machine, which movies it desperately wanted to be. And yes, those movies sucked too. But this not only sucked but was also completely redundant.
I didn't review any of last year's Hole Head movies, so better late than never I guess. Here are the ones that I remember being worthwhile. There may have been more, but their web site has gone stale, so I can't look up the schedule to figure that out.
A bunch of art-school douchebags decide to kill someone for an art project. Hijinks ensue. Hilarious if you enjoy seeing art school douchebags get gored.
In the Peak Oil future, nerd figures out that his car runs on blood, gets babes. Pretty funny.
This was, basically, The Crow in Mexico. But it was pretty good. Certainly better than any of the "real" Crow sequels.
The Man from Earth
A bunch of people sit around and talk to their friend who claims to be thousands of years old. It's a lot more compelling than it sounds.
You should come see Jill Tracy
tonight. She's fantastic. There are quite a few performers, and it starts early.
Two! If you missed Bohemian Carnival last week, you have another chance tomorrow (Thu) night at the Sagrada Shakedown. Technically it's a fundraiser for the temple at Burning Man, but the Vau de Vire folks are putting it on. (There's an expensive "VIP" portion of it from 7pm-10pm, including food and open bar, but saner pricing begins at 10pm.)
Three! it's that time of year again, where you vote in the SFBG Best of the Bay poll for DNA Lounge, Pop Roxx, Bootie, Hubba Hubba Revue, New Wave City, Meat, etc.
DWP drops 400,000 balls onto Ivanhoe Reservoir
The agency started dumping thousands of floating plastic balls into Ivanhoe Reservoir -- the dwarf sibling next door to Silver Lake Reservoir, the neighborhood's crown jewel -- to protect the drinking water supply needed for summer.
The water needs to be shaded because when sunlight mixes with the bromide and chlorine in Ivanhoe's water, the carcinogen bromate forms, said Pankaj Parekh, DWP's director for water quality compliance. Bromide is naturally present in groundwater and chlorine is used to kill bacteria, he said, but sunlight is the final ingredient in the potentially harmful mix.
Resembling a stream of oversized caviar, the black balls rolled thunderously down the reservoir's slopes. "Water quality doesn't get more exciting than this," Marina J.F. Busatto, a DWP biologist, said smiling.
Ivanhoe and Elysian reservoirs will be blanketed by about 3 million balls each for about four years, Parekh said.
There's a video, but their embedded player is stupid. It seems to be not on Youtube yet.
Previously, etc. (Time for a "balls" tag?)