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Flick in a Box

The secret is out. Warner Bros. waited to unwrap The Box until two days before its opening because, compared to its madcap predecessors — the psychotic Holden Caulfield update Donnie Darko and the delirious welcome-to-the-21st-century extravaganza Southland Tales — the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps

Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps

He grew up. One of our favorite punk writers has matured: It happens. With a mixture of emotions, we realize that Joe Meno is now a professor at Columbia College in his native Chicago; he has a wife and 2.5…
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Calendar, Night&Day Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

It opened in the days after 9/11 and features a plane crashing, a demonic bunny, a Joy Division song, a legitimate star, and the world ending (or not, or something). Eight years on -- and after a director's cut release…
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Film, Gene Slicing

Gene Slicing

Movie cults are born, not made. A youthful audience discovered Donnie Darko on its own, even as another demographic transformed The Sound of Music into karaoke — to name two of the 21st century's most notorious cult attractions. Still, no…
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Music, All Shook Down Donnie Darko at the Red Vic -- I Don't Know How To Quit You!

Donnie Darko at the Red Vic -- I Don't Know How To Quit You!

Let all that turkey and cornbread stuffing settle in your colon while taking in some teenage angst, time travel, and Patrick Swayze as a kiddie porn enthusiast. Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut is showing this Friday and Saturday at…
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Film, Richard Kelly Follows <i>Donnie Darko</i> with Terrorizing <i>Southland Tales</i>

Richard Kelly Follows Donnie Darko with Terrorizing Southland Tales

A doom-ridden pulp cabalist with a dark sense of purpose as well as humor, Richard Kelly shoots the moon with Southland Tales, his rich, strange, and very funny sci-fi social satire. Kelly's debut, Donnie Darko, was the first postmillennial cult…
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Culture, Stagecap

Big Death & Little Death

When "Dad" walks onstage freshly returned from fighting in Desert Storm, his all-American pot-smoking son asks, "How was the war?" He answers quickly, "Sometimes you have to kill people to help them. At one point, I caught on fire." Without…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Midnight Movie Screenings

"Midnight Mass" Midnight movie screenings are a great place to catch films that were either panned by critics or ignored by audiences (such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Donnie Darko, respectively) on their first releases. With…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

"You're no poem once you open your mouth," Inara George sings on her recently released debut. George herself, however, is all poetry on All Rise, an album brimming with songs whose lyrics sound like poems set to melody, almost as…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

THURS-MON 12/30-1/3 What would happen if someone -- say, actor Jake Gyllenhall -- shot a bullet into a rip in the space-time continuum and it appeared 28 days prior, killing him before he took the shot? Sub in a jet…
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