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Film, "Teenage": Introducing the Newest Stage in Human Development, Now with Ennui

"Teenage": Introducing the Newest Stage in Human Development, Now with Ennui

Matt Wolf's engrossing documentary Teenage looks at the comparatively new phenomenon known as "being a teenager," a concept that the film argues didn't really exist until the mid-1940s. The emotional fulcrum is four real-life historical teenagers: Brenda Dean Paul, a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stuffed

Stuffed

Foodie culture is one of the most overblown trends to infect our popular imagination since the last thing — fixie bikes? But this sort of behavior is normal in the city. Throughout the years we overly invest in things like…
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Calendar, Night&Day War is Hell

War is Hell

Carnage season is in full swing in the film world, with Death Sentence, Exiled, 3:10 to Yuma, Shoot 'Em Up, The Brave One and In the Valley of Elah oozing blood from seemingly every screen in town. But nothing can…
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Music, Definition-Defying Display

Definition-Defying Display

Ask the experts — be they documentarian Ken Burns or Wikipedia — "What is jazz?" and you may come away confounded. No one can quite say. Even the word's etymology is fuzzy, pertaining perhaps to "pep," to baseball, or to…
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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 Cameron Crowing

Cameron Crowing

Titanic: Special Collector's Edition (Paramount Home Video) Loved and loathed in equal measure, Titanic nonetheless is among the few modern-day movies deserving of lavish treatment; this boxed set, three discs with three hours of new stuff, feels almost as big…
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Music, Reviewed Triosk Meets Jan Jelinek

Triosk Meets Jan Jelinek

Ken Burns' documentary Jazz, which ended with the 1960s, may have left out a thing or two. 1989: DJ Premier folds jazz into the hip hop lexicon with Gang Starr's debut. 1994: Mo' Wax announces a new birth of cool…
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News, Dog Bites

Checked Out

For Dog Bites, the holiday season means another string of cheap dates with frozen pizza, a carton of spiked eggnog, and the TV set. Since we'd already memorized A Charlie Brown Christmas, we decided to celebrate this year's depressionfest with…
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Film, Zoom Lens The Sixth Annual Latino Film Festival

The Sixth Annual Latino Film Festival

When the Jews were expelled from Spain during the Inquisition (on the eve of Columbus' 1492 journey to the New World), many escaped to Latin America. The fate of these Sephardim is the subject of three documentaries, all with English…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Place to Impersonate Sarah Jessica Parker

All laptop owners are -- on some level -- jealous of Carrie Bradshaw, the fictional scribe/protagonist of HBO's hit series Sex and the City, but her sex life has nothing to do with it. We want that coffee-shop window table…
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Music, Kind of Code Blue

Kind of Code Blue

Imagine you knew someone who was critically ill and you asked his doctor if he was alive or dead. If the physician said, "That depends on what you mean by "dead,'" you might be a tad unnerved. And yet if…
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