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Film, "Blue Ruin": Revenge Requires Investment

"Blue Ruin": Revenge Requires Investment

The leading man of Jeremy Saulnier's mesmerizing Blue Ruin is not the kind of actor who usually gets to anchor a motion picture, let alone a violent revenge picture, and that's part of what makes the movie work. We're introduced…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What to Read in <i>McSweeney's 39</i>

What to Read in McSweeney's 39

As I've explained previously, by the time I get my McSweeney's update e-mail hyping the forthcoming issue, I'm chiding myself with "Shit. I still haven't read the last one." But thanks to a recent cramped Southwest flight, I have finished…
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Film, Get Lost

Get Lost

The novel Be Cool, written by Elmore Leonard in 1999 while the ink was still wet on the publisher's advance, exists only because the beloved writer of seedy thrillers and westerns knew it was guaranteed gold -- the sequel to…
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Film, Half Great

Half Great

The opening credits insist that Kill Bill: Volume 1 is "Quentin Tarantino's 4th film," when it's actually his 3.5th; it's too incomplete to be measured as a whole, more like half a movie waiting for a proper ending, due to…
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Culture, Books Worth a Thousand Words

Worth a Thousand Words

Prints and books have more in common than you might think. Like books, prints can be made in a series -- a limited-edition etching, a set of woodcut illustrations -- or as one-of-a-kind objects. Also like books, prints tell tales,…
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But Not Out of Mind

Out of Sight Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Scott Frank, from Elmore Leonard's novel. Starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, and Steve Zahn. Opens Friday, June 26, at the Kabuki in S.F., the Jack London in…
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