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Calendar, Night&Day Double-Take

Double-Take

In San Francisco, if a BART car opens on a lavish formal dinner attended by a French buffoon and a mezzo-soprano, travelers are likely to watch, applaud, and later gloat over the charm of their morning commute. The reaction…
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Film, "Safe House": Shaky Cinematography Blurs Action

"Safe House": Shaky Cinematography Blurs Action

In Safe House, Ryan Reynolds plays Matt Weston, a junior CIA agent assigned to babysit a safe house in Cape Town. He's dying to be transferred to Paris, where his adorable girlfriend (Nora Arnezeder) is scheduled to take a job.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Boyz (and Girlz) ‘n the ‘Hood

Boyz (and Girlz) ‘n the ‘Hood

School’s out and it’s Kids Korner at the movies for the next three months, as Hollywood floods the market with a summer harvest of CGI heroes and villains, and slapstick doofuses and shtick peddlers. Fortunately, children (and parents) seeking a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bomb Globally

Bomb Globally

Like a tagger with a camera, director Jon Reiss puts his mark on the canon of graffiti films using an appropriate technique: He goes bigger than anyone, hitting five continents over a two-year period. Reiss, who documented electronic music with…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Sing-Along

Sea Chanteys on the Balclutha Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde (at Beach), 556-6435 On the first Saturday night of every month, wannabe old salts, sea dogs, jack-tars, and windjammers gather aboard the Balclutha and belt out salty old ditties about…
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Music, Reviewed Messy Marv

Messy Marv

As hip hop continues to think globally, absorbing the sounds and cultures of everywhere from Sri Lanka to Cape Town to create a sort of ghetto-universal template, the Bay Area pushes on in its own brutal, beautiful, and solitary orbit.…
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Culture, Stage

The Road to Mecca

In the middle of the desolate South African karroo wilderness, the widowed Miss Helen tirelessly builds her "Mecca." Far from being a hallowed destination for international pilgrimages, the old lady's version of the holy city -- a fantastical construction of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Annual Resolution

Annual Resolution

Once the bailiwick of indie filmmakers, the digital revolution has many of Hollywood's bigwigs clamoring for a piece of the pie. With everyone from Steven Soderbergh to George Lucas to Spike Lee jumping on the DV bandwagon, will desktop filmmakers…
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