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Film, "Interior. Leather Bar.": Finally, the Gay Sex of <i>Cruisin'</i> Comes to Light

"Interior. Leather Bar.": Finally, the Gay Sex of Cruisin' Comes to Light

To avoid an X-rating for Cruising, his 1980 film about a cop (Al Pacino) who goes undercover to catch a killer in New York's homosexual S&M underworld, director William Friedkin cut more than a half-hour's worth of explicit queer sex.…
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Film, "Stand-Up Guys": Walken and Pacino's Excellent Chemistry

"Stand-Up Guys": Walken and Pacino's Excellent Chemistry

Right out of the gate (dig that opening title font!), it's clear that director Fisher Stevens wants Stand Up Guys to evoke crime films of the 1970s, particularly the "aging hoods contemplate their mortality" genre exemplified by The Friends of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Looking for Oscar: Al Pacino Shows Why We Love Him at <i>Wilde Salome</i> Debut

Looking for Oscar: Al Pacino Shows Why We Love Him at Wilde Salome Debut

For a brief and tantalizing moment on the Castro Theatre stage last night, a sly Al Pacino appeared set to go Cruising. The house was packed and primed for the U.S. premiere of Wilde Salome, the actor-director's powerhouse amalgam of…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings March 21-27, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Dandy Dust: A cyborg pieces together its life as it lead up to its memory being erased. Wed., March 21, 8 p.m. $6. Electroacoustic Audio-Visual Improvisations: Featuring work from Bill Hsu, Tony Dryer, Jacob Felix Heule, and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Al Pacino and Tony Kushner to Attend Premiere of <em>Wilde Salom&eacute;</em> at the Castro Theatre

Al Pacino and Tony Kushner to Attend Premiere of Wilde Salomé at the Castro Theatre

Rumors were confirmed last week that Al Pacino will be at the Castro Theater later this month for the U.S. premiere of his new film about Oscar Wilde's controversial and once-banned 1893 play, Salomé. Also appearing is playwright and screenwriter…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quel Brute!

Quel Brute!

How would you like a brand-new Al Pacino? The old one is broken. France's Vincent Cassell is France's Al Pacino (although he has more range) and he could be yours, too. Mesrine: Killer Instinct is a grand-scale gangster film that…
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Film, Countdown to ... Murder!

Countdown to ... Murder!

Jon Avnet's cheesy new thriller, 88 Minutes, is 105 minutes long. Going in, I feared that 100 of them would be eaten up by Al Pacino chewing the furniture. Alas, it's worse than that. Pacino plays a Seattle forensic psychiatrist…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Last Action Hero

The Last Action Hero

Back in the ´70s, William Friedkin was the thinking man’s action director. He came out of television in Chicago, where he made documentaries, and one of his first movies when he got to L.A. was an adaptation of Harold Pinter's…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Maybe too <i>Hard </i>

Maybe too Hard

Die Hard Collection (Fox) You don't need to watch the included preview of Live Free or Die Hard to know it's going to blow; as this set proves, only odd-numbered Die Hards are any good. The first one, of course,…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Coke Dreams

Coke Dreams

In the gangsta pantheon, nobody gets more respect than Tony Montana. Consider all the homages: Not one, but two rappers have named themselves after Montana (Scarface of the Geto Boys and Tony Yayo of G-Unit), and Nas borrowed Montana's slogan…
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Film, Searching for Shylock

Searching for Shylock

When was the last time you lost yourself in a Shakespeare film? It's a testament to the success of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, the sharp and brooding new version directed by Michael Radford (Il Postino), that we leave…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

I find it disconcerting that 19-year-old Peter Cincotti embodies more sophistication and suavity than all my past boyfriends and unrequited loves combined. Granted, men who wear French cuffs don't often frequent the same establishments as men who like to drop…
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Film, Super Sunday

Super Sunday

Let's hear it for sports movies! The most avid sports fan can occasionally be bored by lackluster games, but even the casual spectator can appreciate what the big screen can do for an athletic contest, even one played by actors…
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Film, The Men Who Did Too Little

The Men Who Did Too Little

In the eyes of the general public, Michael Mann is still best-known for Miami Vice. He has received a great deal of critical acclaim for films about serial killers, Mohicans, and bank robbers. So who would have guessed that…
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Zoom Lens

A Tribute to William Friedkin The gifted, elusive William Friedkin is one of cinema's more curious cases. The creator of hugely popular, indeed groundbreaking films like The French Connection and The Exorcist, he's now fatally linked to the excesses of…
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Killer's Choice

The Godfather Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Written by Coppola and Mario Puzo, from Puzo's novel. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Richard Castellano, Sterling Hayden, and John Cazale. At the Castro, March 20-27. I…
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Author! Author!

Looking for Richard Starring Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, Aidan Quinn, and Kevin Conway. Directed by Al Pacino. Written by Al Pacino and Frederic Kimball. At the Bridge in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. Looking for…
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Loose Knot

The real star of City Hall, director Harold Becker's new movie, is New York City -- a gray, grand, ungovernable metropolis in which human characters play out their petty dramas. In shot after shot, scene after scene, all the people…
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Two Bits hopes to capture the dusty golden glow of a happy memory, but mostly it looks like a TV commercial for Pepsi. This is not surprising: The director, James Foley, has made music videos for Madonna. He's set his…
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Psycho Thriller

Cruising isn't really a gay movie, but it was snuffed at birth in February 1980 by a gay boycott whose leaders objected to the film's unsanitized portrait of the leather demimonde. Much of the film was shot in the meatpacking…
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