Locations: Laemmle Sunset 5,
Downtown Independent, Landmark Regent Theatre, Laemmle Playhouse 7
Dates: beginning February 11
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Description: Having completed its one-week run at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, Gregg Araki’s new film moves into limited release at other art houes around town. KA-BOOM combines the Araki’s usual tropes with science fiction and fantasy elements.
From the Landmark website:
Kaboom is a wild, witty, sex-drenched horror-comedy thriller, the latest film from iconoclastic independent filmmaker Gregg Araki (The Doom Generation, Nowhere, Mysterious Skin). Featuring a gorgeous young cast, this hyper-stylized “Twin Peaks” for the Coachella Generation tells the story of Smith (Thomas Dekker), an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town. Smith’s everyday life in the dorms—hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella (Haley Bennett), hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London (Juno Temple), lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor (Chris Zylka)—all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night. Kaboom shares key touchstones of Araki’s early films, including carefully framed Pop Art-like shots, absurd Valley-inflected dialogue, elements of campy gore and Araki’s troupe of arrestingly sexy guys and girls. With his sophisticated synthesis of various experiments in tone and cinematography, Araki has reached a new level of artistic maturity.