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Perfect Portrait of a Colorful Collector Stealing art should not be considered harmless: So interesting, how someone who displayed conspicuous errant behavior could fly under the radar for so long . Although…
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News, Feature A guide to the best of this year's S.F. International Film Festival

A guide to the best of this year's S.F. International Film Festival

When the San Francisco International Film Fest rolls around, we at SF Weekly rejoice. Then we get overwhelmed. How are we going to cover this extravaganza? This year, for instance, there are nearly 150 films from all over the world…
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Film, San Francisco in Canada

San Francisco in Canada

A number of movies with ties to the Bay Area are playing at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (September 4-13), in search of distribution, publicity, or just delighting their audiences. Local filmmaker Barry Jenkins' first feature, Medicine for Melancholy,…
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Music, Reviewed Code of Honor

Code of Honor

Though it never achieved the same level of international notoriety as contemporaries like the Dead Kennedys or Subterranean Records labelmate Flipper, politically charged local hardcore outfit Code of Honor produced some of the most bracing, radical punk music to emerge…
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Film, The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Backstage (France, 2005) The hold-your-breath intensity of the opening scenes in this unsettling saga of obsession and identity sets a new standard, and the needle dips only slightly from there. A pop megastar (Emmanuelle Seigner) freaks out a besotted teenage…
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News, Feature SFIFF Film Capsules

SFIFF Film Capsules

All About Love (Hong Kong, 2005) Fans of Hong Kong megastar Andy Lau can weep hot tears and swoon to their hearts' delight in this magic-filled fantasy of the ideal husband. Lau plays dual roles as an ambitious doctor and…
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Film, Taste Test

Taste Test

Abel Raises Cain (U.S., 2004) In her diverting debut documentary, Jenny Abel (with Jeff Hockett) sets out to rescue her father's reputation and, beyond that, justify his life. Alan Abel is a creative writer and persuasive actor who's spent most…
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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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Calendar, See/Be Seen Psyched-Out Cinema

Psyched-Out Cinema

FRI 7/2 The irony of Frank Perry's career is that his best-known film -- the campy Mommie Dearest -- is his least typical. Perry burst onto the scene in the early '60s with an intimate, low-budget hit, David and Lisa,…
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Film, Funny Business

Funny Business

B-Happy (Chile/Spain/Venezuela, 2003) This sad film about a teenage girl in rural Chile who encounters a stream of unearned bad luck is buoyed by an effective nonperformance by Manuela Martelli in the lead role of Katty. As in many post-neorealist…
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Film, Film Capsule Reviews

Film Capsule Reviews

Back to Kotelnich (France, 2003) French writer Emmanuel Carrère, in Russia to cover the release of a Hungarian prisoner of war forgotten in an asylum for 50 years, met and befriended a couple in a bar. He returned after a…
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Letters to the Editor

Mything the Point Some S.F. legends are worth repeating: I like Matt Smith's positing of the Zygmunt Arendt House story as a new urban legend . However, having been involved in many of the '70s…
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Film, Film Capsule Reviews

Film Capsule Reviews

All Hell Let Loose (Sweden, 2002) In this prickly domestic drama that veers wildly between inspiration and cliché, the internal tensions of an Iranian family living in Stockholm are thrown into sharp relief when the prodigal daughter returns from America…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

The Cup and the Lip"The other day, someone asked me, 'How do you define your territory?' I said, 'I work with anything that you can plug in.' In other words, I work with electricity." SFMOMA's new curator of media arts,…
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Film, The Bridge and Tunnel Crowd

The Bridge and Tunnel Crowd

The Mill Valley Film Festival, now celebrating its 22nd anniversary, has grown to become one of the country's most respected venues for new cinema. This year, four major features -- Random Hearts, Mansfield Park, Ride With the Devil, and the…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

Return With Honor Leni Riefenstahl would admire this emotionally potent and morally repugnant portrait of American pilots imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War. Ostensibly a tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit, this crackingly well-produced film deftly mixes…
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Reel World

Red Asphalt "We made a real effort to show the thrill," says Jeffrey Friedman, "but also the risk." Classic understatement, that, since Xtreme: Sports to Die For is the closest thing to a snuff film you're likely to see on…
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And Now, On With the Show: SFIFF Week 2

American Cuisine (France, 1998) In this gentle farce in which sexual love is a poor cousin to the passion aroused by good food, U.S. Navy chef Loren (Jason Lee) is dismissed from his post after being deemed incapable of "making…
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S.F. International Film Festival

The 42nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival runs over 15 days and presents over 100 movies. It's the biggest annual celebration of cinema in this city -- which is saying a lot, given that we seem to have a…
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Reel World

Special Advance Screening! Reel World hasn't got time for Top 10 lists and lengthy backward-looking, year-in-review entertainment features. Instead, we present our predictions for 1999. Here's what you can expect in the Bay Area movie scene in the next 12…
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