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Film, "Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

"Enough Said": James Gandolfini's Last Film Showed His Soft Side

In a way, writer-director Nicole Holofcener's fifth feature, a small-scale romantic comedy about weary and insecure middle-agers, is a lot like The Dark Knight. As that film was a bittersweet reminder of how Heath Ledger had more to give than…
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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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Film, The Wanderers

The Wanderers

Not long after her lovely 2006 film, Old Joy, received the terrific reviews and lousy box office that habitually reward talented makers of very-low-budget movies, Kelly Reichardt had lunch with her old friend Todd Haynes. Reichardt had just seen Brokeback…
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Calendar, Night&Day Parent Trap

Parent Trap

Curse the day — Halloween 1993 — that River Phoenix OD’d. Not only did we lose a gifted and sensitive young actor, but also the path was cleared for Leonardo DiCaprio to have a major career. (The anniversary this month…
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Film, Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

What a brooding pleasure it is to return to Christopher Nolan's Gotham City — if "pleasure" is the right word for a movie that gazes so deeply and sometimes despairingly into the souls of restless men. In The Dark Knight,…
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News, The Snitch Most Popular Stories on SF Weekly this Week

Most Popular Stories on SF Weekly this Week

5) Goth-Punk Icon Siouxsie Sioux Maintains Her Provocative Edge - Music 4) Dan White's Motive More About Betrayal Than Homophobia - Feature Story 3) The SF Weekly vs. Bay Guardian Lawsuit Category - The Snitch 2) Slacker Guys and Striver…
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Music, All Shook Down Pillhead Ledger, Guardian Shakedown, and Endangered Species Make This Week's Hot Comments

Pillhead Ledger, Guardian Shakedown, and Endangered Species Make This Week's Hot Comments

The SF Weekly remains a one-way conduit of corporate misinformation, owned by out of towners, and staffed by mercenaries - much like the Onion. All your base are belong to us. While we don't appreciate your two cents, we…
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News, The Snitch Pillhead Ledger, <em>Guardian</em> Shakedown, and Endangered Species Make This Week's Hot Comments

Pillhead Ledger, Guardian Shakedown, and Endangered Species Make This Week's Hot Comments

The SF Weekly remains a one-way conduit of corporate misinformation, owned by out of towners, and staffed by mercenaries - much like the Onion. All your base are belong to us. While we don't appreciate your two cents, we…
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Film, Appreciation: Heath Ledger's untimely death, and that milestone performance

Appreciation: Heath Ledger's untimely death, and that milestone performance

What I want to say about the death of Heath Ledger is ... nothing. No speculation on why he committed suicide, if he committed suicide. No comment on the chronology, the circumstances, the known facts or lurid details of his…
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News, The Snitch Heath Ledger, RIP, A Short Web Memorial

Heath Ledger, RIP, A Short Web Memorial

BY NATHAN LEE What I want to say about the death of Heath Ledger is…nothing. No speculation on why he committed suicide, if he committed suicide. No comment on the chronology, the circumstances, the known facts or lurid details…
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Music, All Shook Down <em>The Dark Knight</em> Returns with First Six Minutes of Film, Joker Pics

The Dark Knight Returns with First Six Minutes of Film, Joker Pics

After what seemed like an eternity of keeping The Dark Knight on hush, Christopher Nolan recently screened the first six minutes of the Batman Begins sequel to a small group of lucky bastards in New York. What's more, the…
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Film, Don't Know Smack

Don't Know Smack

Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish play unbelievably gorgeous heroin junkies in Candy, a don't-try-this-at-home melodrama adapted from Australian author Luke Davies' aptly billed "novel of love and addiction." Essentially the film is Requiem for a Dream with a lot less…
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Film, Heath in Heat

Heath in Heat

For your Heath Ledger holiday-movie options, you have a) a cowboy in love with another man, and b) history's most infamous womanizer. Since the name Casanova is synonymous with an unquenchable thirst for straight sex with women (or at least…
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Film, Homo on the Range

Homo on the Range

It's not hard to predict how Ang Lee's controversial Brokeback Mountain will play in John Wayne country. This romantic tragedy about a pair of lean, wind-burned cowpokes who secretly live to poke each other flies in the face of everything…
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Film, Black Forest

Black Forest

Terry Gilliam's last film featured the former Monty Python troupe member as an eccentric, demanding, and difficult director prone to destroying his ambitious projects before a single frame of footage was ever shot. "If it's easy," he says in the…
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Film, Skate Bored

Skate Bored

Lords of Dogtown is an odd, disorienting commodity -- a fictional version of a documentary (Dogtown and Z-Boys) about the birth of skateboarding in 1970s Venice, Calif., that was written by the man who directed said doc, in which he…
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Film, His Guy Friday

His Guy Friday

There is a phrase bandied about that other film industry -- "gay for pay" -- that means exactly what it says. The queer thing is, this switch-hitting work ethic obviously applies to the "straight" industry as well, since actors not…
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Culture, Stuff The Product

The Product

Heath Ledger, wearing the scowl of the anxious and uneasy, is having trouble standing still. He most certainly would rather be anywhere but here: killing time in a TV studio, waiting to be interviewed during a live afternoon newscast. Waiting…
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