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Culture, Kill Your Television Minnesota Nice: "Fargo" Returns Us to Hostile Northern Climates

Minnesota Nice: "Fargo" Returns Us to Hostile Northern Climates

"Oh now, you gotta see Duluth," exclaimed my mother last summer. Ever since she moved to Minnesota she has not only developed a high-Midwestern accent, but now adores all things frigid and bleak. Duluth, you see, is actually a barren…
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News, Sucka Free City Sentimental Journey: Traveling in 1957's S.F. Bay Area

Sentimental Journey: Traveling in 1957's S.F. Bay Area

If the ingredients of comedy are tragedy plus time, the formula for nostalgia must be time plus banality. Given ample years, everyday items morph from detritus to conversations to treasures. As Belloq told Indiana Jones just before entombing him, "Who…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fuck Vampires

Fuck Vampires

The zombie genre first tried to die in 1933, a year after Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie. It found out it couldn’t – it was undead. The zombie genre will never die, which is why Will Smith got involved in 2007.…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer

Before you set foot in Eagles Drift In, you have to reconcile yourself with the name. What does it mean? You'd expect the sign to read "Eagles Drift Inn," for one thing. At least then you would only have to…
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Film, Bad News

Bad News

Going to the theater this summer has been like stepping into a time machine in which your fondest childhood memories are retooled by cynics and sadists. Bewitched, Herbie: Fully Loaded, last week's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and now Bad…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Grown Up

Grown Up

THURS 9/2 At first we thought it might be a screening of the obscure, wonderful Billy Bob Thornton/Hank Azaria/Jon Bon Jovi vehicle on the subject of marijuana. Turns out "Home Grown" is actually a screening of several locally produced short…
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Film, Reel World

Postcards From the Edge

Ed Solomon, who grew up in Saratoga and San Jose, started out in show business as a college student writing jokes for comedians like Garry Shandling. His directorial debut, Levity, is no laughfest, notwithstanding its title and Solomon's work as…
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Culture, Stage

"Hysterics"

If Dan Carbone is our local Billy Bob Thornton, then Up From the Ground (his half of an event called "Hysterics") is his Sling Blade -- a twisted show about Southerners, written and performed by Carbone himself. His hilarious caricatures…
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Culture, Stuff Feel His Pain

Feel His Pain

The cold-bloodedness of some entertainment journalists is a thing to be admired; they've balls for brains, which gets you far in this profession. The Hollywood press corps' cynicism is the source of its strength, and God bless the famous fool…
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Film, Mexican Jumping Scenes

Mexican Jumping Scenes

It's where Walter Huston found paradise at the end of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, where the murdering lovers Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw rode into the sunset at the end of The Getaway, and where Thelma and Louise…
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Calendar, Night&Day Anime Instincts

Anime Instincts

Japanese anime has apparently gone mainstream enough stateside for the likes of Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, and Gillian Anderson to lend their voices to an American-dubbed, Disney/ Miramax-released version of Princess Mononoke, which was the top-grossing domestic…
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Film, Delinquency, Belgium-Style

Delinquency, Belgium-Style

Belgian director Patrice Toye's debut feature, Rosie, is different from most of the memorable Belgian movies that have made it to the States -- films like Man Bites Dog, Toto the Hero, and The Eighth Day. To begin with, it…
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Film,

Money Changes Everything

A Simple Plan Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Scott B. Smith, from his novel. Starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, and Brent Briscoe. Opens Friday, Dec. 11, at the AMC 1000. Ultratough guy Jesse "The Body" Ventura…
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Film,

A Four-Star Waste

My first impulse in putting together a 10-best list for 1996 was to dispense with the new stuff altogether and go for the revival gold. The best films of 1996 were the re-released restorations: Vertigo, Strangers on a Train, Lolita,…
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