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Music, All Shook Down

Top Six Movie Parodies in Music Videos (Thanks, Foo Fighters)

Remember the quietly xenophobic, right-wing propaganda movie that was Falling Down? The one where Michael Douglas has a meltdown in Los Angeles and goes on a minirampage against mostly immigrants in his white shirt and horn-rimmed specs? The movie…
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Calendar, Night&Day Robot Wars

Robot Wars

In a weird yet illuminating coincidence, the most ambitious and accomplished sci-fi flick of 2010 opens the very day that the restoration of a 1927 science-fiction classic receives its local premiere in the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Will Christopher…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Avatar</i>

Avatar

The money is on the screen in James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and the bling is almost blinding. For the first 45 minutes, I'm thinking: Metropolis! Then the 3-D wears off and the long second act kicks in. The…
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Film, <i>Avatar</i>: All that glitters isn't gold

Avatar: All that glitters isn't gold

The money is on the screen in Avatar, James Cameron's mega-3-D, mondo-CGI, more-than-a-quarter-billion-dollar baby, and, like the Hope Diamond waved in front of your nose, the bling is almost blinding. For the first 45 minutes, I'm thinking: Metropolis! — and…
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Music, Meat Beat Manifesto: The Past and Future of Electronic Music

Meat Beat Manifesto: The Past and Future of Electronic Music

Perennially digging two feet deeper than superficial trends can earn an artist legendary underground status. Unfortunately, it may also cause the world to lose musicians beneath the mantles of fashion, forcing them to wait for later generations to discover them.…
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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. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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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…
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Paranoid Prophecies

Fritz Lang's timing, as always, is impeccable. As the world trembles with a trepidation not approached since the Cuban Missile Crisis, the late German director's tales of unseen, orchestrated evil and looming fascism return to the Pacific Film Archive. Ever…
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Calendar, Night&Day A.I.: Artistic Intelligence

A.I.: Artistic Intelligence

SFMOMA's digital art exhibition "010101" may offer an inkling of what high-profile artists will create given a wad of cash and the techie means, but New Langton Arts' "LifeLike" ups the ante. The exhibition brings together 10 visual artists to…
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News, Sidebar The Festival of Highlights

The Festival of Highlights

One of the nice things about film festivals is the sense of community they sponsor -- the realization that there is a truly international community of cinema, where a shared past can be discovered and today's venerable filmmakers are…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gentlefolk, Start Your Engines

Gentlefolk, Start Your Engines

Before those pride weekend memories have had a chance to fade, "Club Faith" is gearing up for Drag Races, San Francisco-style. The premise is charmingly simple, and has that right-now interactive hook that's sucked us all screaming back into game…
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Film, Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

Noises OffIf you've grown weary of having your senses blasted by special effects and Dolby digital, Alloy Orchestra offers a refresher course in the purity of sound and image. In the last decade, the three-man, post-rock, post-industrial percussion ensemble has…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

"There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator" is the tag line for Metropolis, Fritz Lang's fantastical look at a future in which the self-obsessed Thinkers of a city have completely…
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Dining, Eat Intergalactic Planetary

Intergalactic Planetary

One of the most memorable episodes from the Superman comic books I devoured as a kid was when a troupe of touring spacemen set up a sort of extraterrestrial circus just outside Metropolis and invited the local Earthlings to stop…
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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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Second Time Around

It Should Happen to You Those of us who are city dwellers live in a community of strangers, free, perhaps, from small-minded mores and the whip hand of gossip, but also free of a sense of responsibility and belonging of…
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Second Time Around

The Architecture of the Future Nimble film viewers this week have a chance to re-see two of cinema's finest speculations on the urban architecture of the future. Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1926) screens this Thursday and Friday at Grace Cathedral, with…
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