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Calendar, Night&Day Pioneer of Parody

Pioneer of Parody

Encountering sideshow freaks at a Long Island county fair as a child inspired Charles Ludlam’s fascination with the grotesque. Later in life, he took his love of the abhorrent, mashed it up with camp and sexual ambiguity, and wrote nearly…
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Film, FilmCap

JCVD

JCVD wastes little time working itself into a pretzel. The action begins under the credits with Jean-Claude Van Damme working his way through a crazy urban battlefield accompanied by a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation ballad. As funny as anything in Tropic…
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WWJCVDD?

JCVD wastes little time working itself into a pretzel. The action begins under the credits with Jean-Claude Van Damme working his way through a crazy urban battlefield accompanied by a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation ballad. As funny as anything in Tropic…
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JCVD

JCVD wastes little time working itself into a pretzel. The action begins under the credits with Jean-Claude Van Damme working his way through a crazy urban battlefield accompanied by a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation ballad. As funny as anything in Tropic…
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Film, Hot on Arrival

Hot on Arrival

There's basically only one reason to see Olivier Assayas' self-consciously hypermodern, metasleazy, English-French-Chinese-language globo-thriller Boarding Gate, and her name is Asia Argento. An authentic daughter of darkness (child of Italian horror auteur Dario Argento) and self-proclaimed Scarlet Diva (the title…
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Culture, Encore Encore

Encore

"Bourgeois." When paired with the recent shutdown of the Mission District performance space Spanganga, the loss of SOMA's tiny-but-tough Venue 9 seems extra poignant. But Venue 9 is going out in style with "Bourgeois," a rather schizophrenic evening of experimental…
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Culture, Stage

The Mystery of Irma Vep

The opening lines -- pious Victorian talk about rain -- were lifted whole from Ibsen's Ghosts, which the Berkeley Rep mounted in February. For his "penny dreadful" about a werewolf, an amateur Egyptologist, and a mysterious dead wife named Irma…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 Hey rock fans, you look tired. There are bags under your eyes from the harsh music you've been ingesting at all hours. You may have a garage-over. Can we recommend the revitalizing sonic serum of the…
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Culture, Stage

The Mystery of Irma Vep

This nearly indestructible "penny dreadful" by Charles Ludlam, about a Victorian household cursed by werewolves, Egyptian magic, and the memory of a dead lady named Irma, has been perfectly revived by director Arturo Catricala. Lee Corbett plays Lord Edgar, the…
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Second Time Around

"Walk on the Wild Side: Olivier Assayas" Irma Vep, one of the best films of 1997, may have seemed like it came out of nowhere, so ripe it was with energy, intoxicating ambiguity, and loose-limbed notions about character and story.…
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The Lighthouse at the End of the World

Imagine a medical condition in which you retain your memories for only an hour or two at a time. The recent past disappears from your consciousness like water pouring from a pitcher. Family and friends become strangers. You don't even…
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