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Calendar, Night&Day Turn Your Toys into Misfits

Turn Your Toys into Misfits

Who hasn’t looked at their toy chest and shouted, “I expected more from you! More expression, more versatility, more complexity!” A lot of you may not have ― maybe you didn’t think you would get anywhere. But consider it, because…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Micmacs</i>

Micmacs

An exploded grandfather clock of a movie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's intricately antic Micmacs hurls gears, gizmos, and other trash-heap objets d'art at the audience. It's aggressively, whimsically retro, like a heaping second helping of his 1992 black comedy Delicatessen. Instead of…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Embarrassment of Riches

Embarrassment of Riches

Tennessee Williams Film Collection (Warner Bros.) All that's missing from this boxed set -- six movies, one doc, eight discs -- is a jar of sweat; even Williams is here, in a 1973 documentary. Then there's Brando, Beatty, Newman, Taylor,…
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Film, Bomb-alie

Bomb-alie

A Very Long Engagement, the new film by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (most famously of Amélie), will have its fans. For one thing, there's no denying its beauty, an onslaught of gorgeous tableaux, painstakingly arranged and shot through filters to…
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Film, Strange <i>Days</i>

Strange Days

The last time a director known for dystopian sci-fi dreamscapes decided to bring his quirky sensibility to a more "real world" project, the outcome was Amélie, a movie so internationally acclaimed that it lifted the name of auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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News, Night Crawler Toy Boy

Toy Boy

Trumpet-nosed fish and mustache bugs, maniacal monkeys and sneezing slugs, snaggletoothed cats and worried turtles, skull-faced birds and candy girdles, moping vultures and bunny-dogs, burp-filled balloons and smiling globs, hovering heads and toy-crazed kings ... these are a few of…
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Film, Emma Goes to France

Emma Goes to France

The heroine of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's bold and bracing new comedy, Amelie, is Amélie Poulain, a doe-eyed crusader with the face of a porcelain doll and a sleek helmet of jet-black hair. From her high perch in Montmartre, where she works…
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Calendar, Night&Day Enough Already

Enough Already

Our holiday spirit is so sick of all the Nutcracker-this and Christmas Carol-that of the past few weeks that it's curled up and died just in time for Christmas. It's the eternal paradox of the holiday season: If the point…
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House of Tudor

Admittedly, Alien Resurrection was offensive enough to extirpate any and all good feelings for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Despite that pathetic attempt at science fiction, Jeunet might still be one of the finest fantasy directors of our time. His visual smorgasbord…
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Send in the Clones

Alien Resurrection Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Joss Whedon. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman, Winona Ryder, Brad Dourif, and J.E. Freeman. At area theaters. You can't exactly call Alien Resurrection a pleasurable experience, but, then again, you wouldn't say…
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Film,

Second Time Around

The City of Lost Children On its release at Christmas 1995, The City of Lost Children was compared with the fantasies of Terry Gilliam, sharing as it does an interest in retro technology and also in the value and function…
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Gothic Fun House

The City of Lost Children has the darkly narcotic beauty of a dream that's melting into nightmare, and like most dreams it doesn't make much sense. The filmmakers, artistic director Marc Caro and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (they also made Delicatessen,…
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