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Culture, The Exhibitionist Friday Afternoon Good News: Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre Reopens

Friday Afternoon Good News: Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre Reopens

So it’s with great pleasure that we…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Ungelded Gorgeousness in <i>The Black Stallion</i>

New on Video: Ungelded Gorgeousness in The Black Stallion

Carroll Ballard is not a household name, at least not outside of those households where the residents gripe about what a better world we'd live in now if Star Wars had flopped and William Friedkin's Sorcerer had been the…
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Film, "Palo Alto": It Takes the Offspring of Coppolas, Kilmers, and Robertses to Realize the Vision of Franco

"Palo Alto": It Takes the Offspring of Coppolas, Kilmers, and Robertses to Realize the Vision of Franco

There are reasons to resist Palo Alto. Foremost, yes, it's another James Franco product, adapted from his short-story collection and built around an uncomfortably snug-fitting role for him as a high school girls' soccer coach with predatory tendencies. Beyond that,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Have a Heart

Have a Heart

Whether you think it's a corporate sham or a sweet reminder of sentimentality, Valentine's Day evokes strong feelings in us. Sure, you could spend the day watching a Claire Danes "cryface" video on YouTube or throwing Hershey Kisses at pigeons,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Here's San Francisco's Version of American Patriotism

Here's San Francisco's Version of American Patriotism

Recently, a press release landed in our inbox (several press releases, actually) announcing the breaking news that Gainesville, a small Texas town north of Dallas, was voted "Most Patriotic Small Town" by USA Today and Rand McNally. While San Francisco…
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Dining, SFoodie Panchita's #3 Under Fire, Francis Ford Coppola Sues, Hakkasan Heads to S.F., and More

Panchita's #3 Under Fire, Francis Ford Coppola Sues, Hakkasan Heads to S.F., and More

The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. A growing number of S.F. restaurants are having a hard time figuring out the easy fact that they need to pay employees properly.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The City's First Dot-Com, 1969: George Lucas and Francis Coppola's American Zoetrope

The City's First Dot-Com, 1969: George Lucas and Francis Coppola's American Zoetrope

I love San Francisco history, so when I was hired as a webmonkey for the gay porn site NakedSword in 2005, I was thrilled to discover that the office space had once been the Ritch Street Health Club, a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Horror Business

Horror Business

Horror is all too often dissed as a low-rent genre, but talented directors from Roman Polanski to Francis Ford Coppola to Sam Raimi have entered the film biz through that dark door. This particularly ambitious threesome escaped the movie industry’s…
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Film, Francis Ford Coppola talks film, critics, and marriage

Francis Ford Coppola talks film, critics, and marriage

Out from under the $25 million debt incurred from self-financing Apocalypse Now and One from the Heart, and so no longer seduced by Hollywood moolah, 70-year-old wine mogul — and, oh, yeah, legendary filmmaker — Francis Ford Coppola returns to…
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Film, Papa Coppola returns, successfully, to the clan in <i>Tetro</i>

Papa Coppola returns, successfully, to the clan in Tetro

As Tetro, Francis Ford Coppola's baroque genealogical melodrama, reaches its appropriately hysterical denouement, Vincent Gallo fixes his pale gaze on young co-star Alden Ehrenreich and reassures him that "it's going to be okay — we're a family." Gallo's warmth is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drinking Gallo

Drinking Gallo

Step two in Francis Ford Coppola’s reinvention as a self-financed, off-Hollywood, personal filmmaker, Tetro -- a moody job shot in carefully-framed widescreen and sumptuous, black-and-white chiaroscuro -- is a marked advance over the Faustian, time-traveling absurdity Youth Without Youth (2007).…
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News, Feature

SFIFF52:Star Power

Stars have long lured moviegoers to the theater, and for half a century festivals have used that gravitational pull to generate media attention, raise the glamour quotient, and lure hoi polloi. This year's SFIFF is no different, judging from the…
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Calendar, Night&Day American Chopper

American Chopper

In the carnivalesque early days of movie exhibition, a locomotive steaming toward the camera was sufficient to send patrons stampeding to the back of the theater. But the noise machine-slash-mode of transportation best served by the sturm und drang of…
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Dining, SFoodie Francis Ford Coppola Loves His Illy Francis Francis

Francis Ford Coppola Loves His Illy Francis Francis

Francis Ford Coppola, directing legend, winemaker and owner of North Beach's Cafe Zoetrope reveals yet another one of his connoisseur's pursuits: the perfect espresso, and the perfect espresso machine. The New York Times says he's very fond the Illy…
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Film, Those Were the Days

Those Were the Days

Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola's self-financed return to the fray, is a curious project — well-crafted, personal, and movie-movie old-fashioned even in its vanguard aspirations. Simply put, it's a Faustian romance about the reversal of time and transmigration of…
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Music, All Shook Down

Quit Bitching: Tuesday Night Picks

My apologies for the irregularity of nightly events. Like a tweaker holding an empty baggie, thinking about what could have been but never was, I am ashamed of myself. For that I apologize. Sigh. But now I present to you…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Smells Like Victory

Smells Like Victory

Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Paramount) It's all here, more or less: the 1979 theatrical cut of Francis Ford Coppola's harrowing and still-hypnotic Joseph Conrad-in-Vietnam adaptation, the 49-minutes-longer-but-feels-24-minutes-shorter 2001 Redux edition, Marlon Brando's entire 17-minute "The Hollow Men" monologue, even…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish New releases available this week

New releases available this week

Da Ali G Show: Da Compleet Second Seazon (HBO Home Video) Sacha Baron Cohen's inching closer to Tom Green territory; come this time next year, his HBO show is likely to be on the pop-culture junk pile. Which isn't to…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Cast Away

Cast Away

ONGOING 12/3-1/7 Stateside, Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni is mostly revered for one mod-freakout of a thriller: the 1966 movie Blowup, in which a swinging '60s photographer believes he may have captured a murder on camera and obsessively searches for the…
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Film, Fight the Power

Fight the Power

From way over here in the West, it's kind of difficult to discern what the Siamese (since 1939, the Thai) people did to piss off their Burmese neighbors so royally, but over generations their epic clashes have become the stuff…
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