With Spring in the air, people are more relaxed. More time for pastimes, more time to sit back, to enjoy. To grow, like reading a book or going to see a movie.
Fresh films for a new season. With that in mind, here is what will be playing soon in Pittsburgh theaters for the month of May.
“Room 237” (Opens 5/3)- Fascinating and frightening Documentary about all the supposed hidden meanings and boundless theories (expounded upon by experts) involving the masterful filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and his Horror movie, “The Shining”. Mostly frightening from all these theorists that had this much time on their hands. Insightful and funny. Also available right now on Comcast VOD or Import DVD.
“It’s A Disaster” (5/11)- Ever been stuck with an annoying group of people, only to wish the end of the world would suddenly happen? Well this greyish black Comedy tries to answer that question (and almost pulls it off) when a few couples are gathered together for couples’ therapy session with news surfacing of a mysterious outbreak and how everyone must now remain in their homes. Featuring David Cross (“Arrested Development”), Julia Stiles and America Ferrera. Also available on Comcast VOD or iTunes.
“From Up on Poppy Hill” (5/17)- Studio Ghibli, the production house created by legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”), unveils their latest movie made by Miyazaki and his son, Goro. A painstakingly beautiful rendering of a few Yokohama teens who try to save their clubhouse from a wrecking ball prior to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Also available on DVD with English subtitles. Although it differs greatly from the theatrical print, which is voiced by the likes of Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks and Chris Noth.
“Kiss of the Damned” (5/17)- Xan Cassavetes, daughter to renowned Indie maverick filmmaker John Cassavetes, reveals her first project. A vapid romance between a soulless human (Milo Ventimiglia) and an empathetic vampire. Eerie and outrageous. A trashy throwback version to the explicit works of 70’s French auteur Jean Rollin (“The Living Dead Girl”). Rollin shot many an erotic picture packed with surreal imagery and seductive neckbiters. Also available on Comcast VOD or iTunes.
“Aftershock” (5/24)– Read a small article with a slideshow and Red Band Trailer.
“Kon-Tiki” (5/31)- With five loyal friends in tow, explorer extraordinaire Thor Heyerdal sails a delicate wood raft along a course of 4,300 miles to cross the Pacific ocean. In an effort to prove an ancient route existed that was once traveled by South Americans to find the other side of the world. All the while, they’re attacked by tidal waves, sharks and any other danger the sea can muster. Received a nomination in the category of Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Academy Awards.