Deeply rooted culture can be a bit difficult to locate in San Francisco; a city on the brink of major gentrification due an explosive tech industry and the people who employ it. Which is great and all, but often, everything feels new; expanding, evolving. (With the exclusion of all those pretty Victorians we always forget to gawk at.) This divide sets the contemporary artifact sometimes against cherished heritage, but keeps local institutions–like the Castro Theatre–highly revered by a niche audience, and for that reason, in business. After all, no matter who you are, or what hub you belong to, we all love a good movie.
I recently saw Mystery Train, a Jim Jarmusch film from the last year of the 80s. And it blew my mind. The dialogue is incredible, and still relatable as a young person 20+ years later. I fell in love with the strange, changing characters, all searching for something infinite. The clothes are amazing, specifically the wardrobes of the train-traveling Japanese couple touring the US. Platform shoes, band tees, purple lipstick, leather jackets, and shrunken blazers are just a few of the covetable pieces these two wear throughout the film. Check out these stills for inspiration, and try and make it to a film at the Castro this month! Check their calendar for details.