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Film, "Trance": Danny Boyle Follows Up the Olympics

"Trance": Danny Boyle Follows Up the Olympics

Directing the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics cemented Danny Boyle's position as England's top director, trusted to be his country's ambassador to the world. If that spectacle was intended to celebrate all things British — James Bond and…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • With excellent indie rock bands, low prices, and gorgeous weather, the Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone's Phono Del Sol Festival was a treat. Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Fresh & Onlys were especially good, even if the crowd…
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Music, All Shook Down Olympics 2012: Underworld and the Chemical Brothers Raise Hopes for Good Music at London Games

Olympics 2012: Underworld and the Chemical Brothers Raise Hopes for Good Music at London Games

Having already established that official Olympics anthems are often tours de merde -- a reality that British maximalists Muse did more than their share to demonstrate with this year's contribution -- we'd all but given up hope for good tunes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock, Meet Hard Place

Rock, Meet Hard Place

Watch what James Franco — actor/sleepy grad student/tepid writer/viral video comedian/conceptual artist/aficionado of gender fuckery — can accomplish when he actually focuses for a couple of weeks. In Danny Boyle's latest, 127 Hours, Franco plays Aron Ralston, who in 2003…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock, Meet Hard Place

Rock, Meet Hard Place

Watch what James Franco — actor/sleepy grad student/tepid writer/viral video comedian/conceptual artist/aficionado of gender fuckery — can accomplish when he actually focuses for a couple of weeks. In Danny Boyle's latest, 127 Hours, Franco plays Aron Ralston, who in 2003…
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Film, "127 Hours": James Franco saws his arm off in Danny Boyle's new thriller

"127 Hours": James Franco saws his arm off in Danny Boyle's new thriller

Other people besides James Franco appear in 127 Hours, but as they're unimportant, they will not be mentioned in this review. Danny Boyle's film — based on the story of Aron Ralston, who in 2003 cut off his own arm…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock, Meet Hard Place

Rock, Meet Hard Place

Watch what James Franco — actor/sleepy grad student/tepid writer/viral video comedian/conceptual artist/aficionado of gender fuckery — can accomplish when he actually focuses for a couple of weeks. In Danny Boyle's latest, 127 Hours, Franco plays Aron Ralston, who in 2003…
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Calendar, Night&Day The British Are Coming!

The British Are Coming!

High-toned accents prevailed yet again at the Oscars, as Brits Danny Boyle and Kate Winslet and Aussie Heath Ledger stole the spotlight. (So says our crystal ball; we went to press right before the telecast.) It’s curious that for all…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn’t in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot means being pegged as a fraud, getting a firsthand education in “enhanced” interrogation methods? Such is…
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Film, Game-Show Masala

Game-Show Masala

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, who wouldn't in this economy, even if the currency in question is rupees and winning the loot means being pegged as a fraud, getting a firsthand education in "enhanced" interrogation methods, and having…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Passage to India and Beyond

A Passage to India and Beyond

Even the most intrepid movie hounds have been known to throw up their hands in frustration at the sprawling programs of the larger local festivals. But it’s a snap picking out the good stuff in 3rd i’s smashing S.F. International…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Boy Trouble

Boy Trouble

Joshua (Fox) George Ratliff's movie, a sort of satirical take on Rosemary's Baby, came and went upon its release; seems no one got the joke about how parents (Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga, in this case) are scared shitless of…
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Film, Finder's Fee

Finder's Fee

Damian Cunningham has the face of an angel -- calm and cool blue eyes perched above freckled cheeks and a benevolent grin -- which is only appropriate for a 7-year-old boy who speaks with the late, great saints, among them…
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Film, American Psycho

American Psycho

Ewan McGregor. You can't toss a caber in Scotland these days without toppling a gaggle of blokes who closely resemble him. Yet some magical combination of talent, charm, and shrewd management has thrown wide the gates of choice projects for…
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Shite Made Rite

Mark Renton, the most articulate, self-aware buddy in an Edinburgh clique of ne'er-do-wells and heroin addicts, is the anti-hero of Trainspotting, a lowdown glory of a movie that makes every other midsummer release look like hash, or rehash. Renton, also…
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Blood simple

Three yuppies from Glasgow -- journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor), accountant David (Chris Eccleston) and physician Juliet (Kerry Fox) -- take on a fourth flatmate, who overdoses on drugs the night he moves in. Under his bed, a suitcase brims with…
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