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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video:  Murderous Amore  in <i>The Honeymoon Killers</i>

New on Video: Murderous Amore in The Honeymoon Killers

Okay, prepare to have your mind blown. French New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard once said that the best way to criticize a movie is to make another movie. (The exact provenance of the quote is unknown, but Roger…
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Film, "The Wolf of Wall Street": DiCaprio Lovable as a Debaucherous Plutocrat

"The Wolf of Wall Street": DiCaprio Lovable as a Debaucherous Plutocrat

The swindling, swollen-headed stockbroker Jordan Belfort may have been a hard-sell shaman, but in one respect he simply got lucky: His memoir came to the attention of Martin Scorsese. Throughout The Wolf of Wall Street, while Leonardo DiCaprio lets loose…
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Film, "Wake in Fright": The Wickedest Walkabout Returns, Lurid as Ever

"Wake in Fright": The Wickedest Walkabout Returns, Lurid as Ever

As director Ted Kotcheff told Senses of Cinema magazine, when Aussie grindhouse creeper Wake in Fright premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971, "There was an American seated in one of the rows immediately behind me, and he kept…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, Feature Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

It was 1952 in Haddon Township, N.J., and 5-year-old Steven Spielberg was bummed about The Greatest Show on Earth, the first movie he saw in a theater. "I wanted to see three-dimensional characters, and all this was flat shadows,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preservation in Motion (Pictures)

Preservation in Motion (Pictures)

Where does the past live? (A wee hint: not on the Internet.) In books, yes, but primarily in movies, as Martin Scorsese reminds us in his 3-D film Hugo, a childhood adventure fantasy that has been called a public service…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Turkey or Salmon: <i>The Last Waltz</i> at Winterland, Thanksgiving 1976

Turkey or Salmon: The Last Waltz at Winterland, Thanksgiving 1976

In 1976, the band known as The Band decided to call it quits. Its recent albums hadn't been selling so well, the members were tired of touring, leader Robbie Robertson had (allegedly) turned into a major twit, and it…
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Film, "Hugo": Scorsese Milks the 3-D Trend for His Timeless Cause

"Hugo": Scorsese Milks the 3-D Trend for His Timeless Cause

Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3-D family filmmaking centers on its title character, played by Asa Butterfield, a just-pre-pubescent orphan squatting in a train station circa 1930. When not dodging an orphan-hunting station constable (Sacha Baron Cohen), Hugo secretly maintains…
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Calendar, Night&Day Writer&rsquo;s Blockade

Writer’s Blockade

The inestimable Fran Lebowitz is one of the 20th century’s greatest wits, fitting easily alongside names such as H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, and Woody Allen. One of our favorite (seemingly) off-the-cuff remarks of hers goes, “From the number of children…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Talkin&#146; to Me?

You Talkin’ to Me?

Our national pastime is paranoia, not baseball. In the mid-1970s, when the Watergate revelations and a wave of conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination fueled a mood of queasy distrust, the country hit its pre-9/11 nadir. Martin Scorsese’s chilling 1976 adaptation…
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Film, Scorsese's head-trip <i>Shutter Island</i> is the good kind of insane

Scorsese's head-trip Shutter Island is the good kind of insane

Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, a florid art shocker Paramount welcomed into the world with the strained enthusiasm of a mutant baby's parents, begins with U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) seasick, head in the toilet. The film is his prolonged…
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Cabbies cry foul over plan to sell medallions

Forget what Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro told you — a cab driver's life is full of long hours, low pay, and little else. In fact, the highlight of a hack's life is the day when the city of…
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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse movie listings for September 23-29, 2009

Arthouse movie listings for September 23-29, 2009

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. 111 Minna Gallery. Survival Strength Starting Over: Documentary about Hurricane Katrina; benefit for St. Bernard Parish. Sat., Sept. 26, 5 p.m. $12. 111 Minna (at Second St.), 974-1719, www.111minnagallery.com. Artists' Television Access. Free Form…
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Calendar, Night&Day Father&#146;s Little Helper

Father’s Little Helper

For a self-described character actor, James Mason played a central role in an impressive number of great films — Odd Man Out, 5 Fingers, A Star Is Born, North by Northwest, Lolita. He was the epitome of dapper, cultured menace,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gomorrah

Gomorrah

Martin Scorsese may be presenting Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah, but this corrosive, slapdash exposé of organized crime in and around Naples comes on like Mean Streets cubed. Detailing daily life inside a criminal state, Gomorrah takes its punning title—the Neapolitan crime…
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Film, Some Country for Old Men

Some Country for Old Men

Mick Jagger's most essential physical feature, according to Martin Scorsese, is his bellystache. On the poster for Shine a Light, the big-shot director's Rolling Stones concert film, Sir Mick is frozen in midsong aerobics, his back arched, his half-shirt raised,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soothing Screenings

Soothing Screenings

There's no false piety in "Projecting Buddha," a film series celebrating Buddhist cinema — and not a lot of dry piety, either. One highlight is a 2000 episode of the animated series King of the Hill, which parodies Kundun, Martin…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Keeping the Meter Running

Keeping the Meter Running

Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition (Sony) "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads: Here is a man who would not take it anymore." Martin Scorsese's 1976 vision of hell as city-of-night New York rips through the reverential treatment on this special edition like…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Shepard's Headlock

It can be dispiriting to be an art-house film programmer in the Internet age, since there's always the risk of some bore perusing your hard curatorial work and declaring, "Nice lineup. I assume I can get all of these on…
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Film, Bait and Switch

Bait and Switch

No studio director was a greater hero to the Hong Kong new wave than Martin Scorsese. John Woo dedicated The Killer to him; Wong Kar-wai modeled his first feature, As Tears Go By, after Mean Streets; Taxi Driver's rain-slicked slo-mo…
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