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Film, Feature "Total Recall": The Original's Outsider Art

"Total Recall": The Original's Outsider Art

Just because it made loads of money, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, and features a three-titted mutant doesn't mean Total Recall isn't ruggedly individualistic art. Just look at its outsider pedigree: Total Recall was loosely based on a 1966 short story from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Great Danes

Great Danes

Of all European nations, Denmark enjoys the nearest thing to a heroic record of resisting the Nazi occupiers -- which adds both poignancy and punch to Ole Christian Madsen’s fact-based drama about two posthumously honored Danes. Framed without cynicism as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Thrust in God and Peaches Christ

Thrust in God and Peaches Christ

On the Internet Movie Database, the plot keywords for Showgirls are “lesbianism," “naive young woman," “box office flop,” and “french fries.” Should you need to know more about the soft-core 1995 Paul Verhoeven homage to the world of Las Vegas…
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Going Dutch

Grijs Verleden (or Gray Past) is the title the Dutch historian Chris van der Heijden gave to his 2001 account of Holland's morally murky landscape under Nazi occupation, and it's the phrase director Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers)…
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Shanghai Express

Maybe it's inevitable after writing about movies and food on a concurrent basis for a decade or so, but most of the restaurants I've been to lately remind me of a film I've seen five or six times, or one…
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Go, Bugs!

The best (American) film of the year was Starship Troopers. The material wasn't promising; Robert A. Heinlein's late-'50s juvenile sci-fi novel was a typical paean to a fascist future that puts its faith in the military. But director Paul Verhoeven…
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Dog Bites

In the Pink The San Francisco Chronicle has never been a respected newspaper or a good newspaper, and probably never will be. These days it seems less compelling than ever, what with Herb Caen gone and even its legendary frivolousness…
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