This week, Mogwai's Burning and Daft Punk's Electroma appear at big-screened venues. If we were to choose the better night out -- and there's no good reason we should do this -- let's focus on the negatives, such as they are. Burning (screening tonight) is a concert film at a pretty regular place, the Music Hall of Williamsburg, by a 14-year-old band touring under one of its more regular albums, The Hawk Is Howling. Daft Punk's Electroma (screening Sept. 2 at the SFMOMA) is directed by the two guys in Daft Punk, stars two other guys dressed as the guys in Daft Punk, and has no dialogue and no Daft Punk music. Now for the positives: Burning will blow your mind. We've only seen the trailer, and it blew our mind. The parts that blow your mind are obviously the parts where Mogwai gets real quiet and then explodes. The band does this as often as possible, which is one reason why people like Mogwai, so expect everybody to be slung low in their seats and looking gobsmacked for most of the film. Electroma, for it's part, has robots who want to be human and can't, so they hike the rest of the movie and then kill themselves off. Really, they hike for the rest of the movie. Electroma is this awesome, tragic film about hiking.
Sat., Sept. 4, 11 p.m., 2010