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Culture, The Exhibitionist Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black Team Up for Miniseries on S.F. LGBT History

Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black Team Up for Miniseries on S.F. LGBT History

Remember how, in the bittersweet post-Obama-and-Prop.-8 days of late 2008, the Castro Theater essentially shut down for a month to screen nothing but Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic, Milk? Everything was put on hold, from Sound of Music sing-alongs…
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Film, "Test": A Plague Upon the City

"Test": A Plague Upon the City

Chris Mason Johnson's Test is set in 1985 San Francisco, when Walkmans were the preferred mode of mobile music, anonymous gay sex had stopped being so much carefree fun, and nobody was quite sure how the criminally under-researched AIDS virus…
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Calendar, Night&Day Peachy


Wikipedia doesn't always get it right, but in the case of Tom Robbins, "often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts" is pretty accurate. Author…
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Film, "Promised Land": The Message Is the Message

"Promised Land": The Message Is the Message

Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions — in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit Stillman's Barcelona — are buried under a mountain of films proving the rule. That one set of phonies are…
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Calendar, Night&Day And Don’t Litter

And Don’t Litter

Very few icons of Dan Nicoletta's quality are alive today — he is one of the creative, elegant, proud gay men for which San Francisco is justly famous. The photographer's new exhibit is called "More Glitter — Less Bitter." We…
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Film, A Tale of Two Movies

A Tale of Two Movies

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear: 1992, to be exact. Gus Van Sant, the filmmaker who had just thrilled the world with his young-hustlers-in-love classic, My Own Private Idaho, was picked to direct The Mayor of…
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Film, Proposition Hate

Proposition Hate

Gus Van Sant has never been what you'd call a risk-averse filmmaker, but he directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully, there might be a Ming vase balanced on his head. Van Sant's steps are deliberate, his posture is straight,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sinner, Saint, Martyr

Sinner, Saint, Martyr

Harvey Milk was a 42-year-old nobody, a wisecracking Manhattan worker bee, when he moved to San Francisco in 1972. In fact, in his mind a homosexual who couldn’t tell and live the truth was worse than a nobody. Of course,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Deathbowl to Downtown

Deathbowl to Downtown

There are skate flicks and then there are skate flicks. Deathbowl to Downtown strives to hop the rail from skateboard movie to anthropological study by documenting how New York city adapted -- architecturally, legally, and psychologically -- to a burgeoning…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Paranoid Park</i>

Paranoid Park

Expert chronicler of alienated youth, Gus Van Sant returns with a tale of an alienated youth -- a Portland skateboarder no less! -- who is somehow involved with the killing of a security guard who patrols the local illegal skate…
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Sk8ter Boi

The pleasing circularity of Gus Van Sant's masterful Paranoid Park is not only a function of the film's narrative structure, it also reflects the arc of its maker's career. Few directors have revisited their earliest concerns with such vigor. Van…
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Music, All Shook Down SFIndiefest Top Ten Flicks - Including Indiana Jones, Gus Van Sant, and Robbie Conal

SFIndiefest Top Ten Flicks - Including Indiana Jones, Gus Van Sant, and Robbie Conal

Running from February 7th to February 20th at the Castro (429 Castro), Roxie (3117 16th), and Victoria (2961 16th) cinemas, the affectionately-named SF Indiefest has grown considerably from its legendary roots, when founder Jeff Ross put on a four-day…
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News, The Snitch <i>Milk</i> Production: Back In Time On Castro

Milk Production: Back In Time On Castro

An interesting transformation back to the '70s is taking place in the Castro this week during filming of the Gus Van Sant Harvey Milk biopic Milk -- particularly a stretch of block between 18th and 19th. Castro Shopper has…
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News, The Snitch More Milk: Open Casting Call For Castro March Extras

More Milk: Open Casting Call For Castro March Extras

Filming for the Gus Van Sant biopic about Harvey Milk, Milk, starring Sean Penn, starts this week in San Francisco. There's yet another call for extras, only this time you're just about guaranteed a spot in the re-creation of…
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Music, All Shook Down Milking It: Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn And SFist's Open Casting Call

Milking It: Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn And SFist's Open Casting Call

In January director Gus Van Sant will begin production on Milk, the Harvey Milk biopic starring none other than Bay Area roustabout Sean Penn as the gay rights icon and activist, who was assassinated by fellow supervisor Dan White…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish You'll Laugh Dying

You'll Laugh Dying

You Kill Me (Genius) Funny thing seeing Philip Baker Hall in You Kill Me, as he's already played the role of a drunken hit man's boss in The Matador, to which this feels like a slapshtick-noir sequel. It's also the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blank Film

Blank Film

Kraftwerk's distant cousin, French mecho-organic duo Daft Punk, wishes you were here, and by "here," we mean stoned within the panel-by-panel staging of a Pink Floyd album's gatefold cover. At least that's what the group seems to want with its…
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Cannes d'Awards

Cannes, France — The 60th Cannes Film Festival was a generous one — and so was its jury, bestowing the Palme d'Or on the least heralded, most critically acclaimed movie in an unusually strong competition, namely Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's…
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Film, Man on Man Action

Man on Man Action

Long ago there reigned a clan of Speedo-wearing militaristic psychopaths called the Spartans. They lived beneath a copper-colored sky, on a copper-colored land, amid copper-colored fields, in copper-colored homes made from copper-colored stone. Legend has it they would outline their…
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Film, No Way Out

No Way Out

Once you get past its negligible plot, scant dialogue, and almost zero action, Gus Van Sant's elliptical rendering of the final hours in the troubled life of a grunge musician is rarely boring. That may seem like a backhanded compliment,…
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