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"God's Pocket": An "Accidental" Death in a "Blue-Collar" Neighborhood in John Slattery's Directorial "Debut"

John Slattery's directorial feature debut has an exaggeratedly mournful air, and not just for recording one of the last performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The plot of God's Pocket turns on a sudden death and subsequent processing thereof, with characters…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters February 26-March 4, 2014

A Failing Grade Reader points out it's not the teachers' fault: And that is why the public must honor these pensions . It is not the average teachers' fault that these cretins of capitalism…
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Film,

Arthouse Movie Listings February 19-25, 2014

Artists' Television Access. The Cinema of Narcisa Hirsch: S.F. Cinematheque showcase of short films by the Argentina-based experimental filmmaker. Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. sfcinematheque.org. Other Cinema: Flix Remix: Found footage appropriations, video mash-ups, and more. Sat., Feb. 22,…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

A summary of this week's news, via the mouths of musicians and media:"If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We…
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Calendar, Night&Day To Philip, With Love

To Philip, With Love

With the recent untimely loss of one of America's favorite character actors, it's hard not to ask yourself, "But aren't all actors character actors?" It remains though that the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was a master of the craft,…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: Pussy Riot Schools Colbert While Flea Defends a Pre-Recorded Performance

Music Quotes of the Week: Pussy Riot Schools Colbert While Flea Defends a Pre-Recorded Performance

A summary of this week's news, via the mouths of musicians and media:"The photographer kept saying 'Pop your hip out. Try to look cute. Big smiles, now.' And I was like 'I'm Number One in this country, not because I…
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Film, "A Late Quartet": More of a Minor Lift

"A Late Quartet": More of a Minor Lift

Woody Allen has been known to suggest that, in directing a good movie, much of the battle lies in casting. Were that entirely true, the Philip Seymour Hoffman- , Catherine Keener- , and Christopher Walken-starring A Late Quartet would be…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Why You Have to See The Master in 70mm

"The only way to defend ourselves is to attack." By Michael Nordine In San Francisco, when a film is referred to as "70mm" it usually means that Hitchcock's Vertigo is playing again. New releases in the format -- which, as implied by its…
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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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News, The Snitch Sorry, Simba -- <em>Moneyball</em> is King of the Jungle

Sorry, Simba -- Moneyball is King of the Jungle

Back in 1994, The Lion King's Simba gave his competitors fair warning via song -- "I'm gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware" -- but that didn't stop Moneyball from dominating San Francisco's box office this weekend. In fact,…
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Film, "Jack Goes Boating": Philip Seymour Hoffman and stage pals get it right

"Jack Goes Boating": Philip Seymour Hoffman and stage pals get it right

Jack Goes Boating is Philip Seymour Hoffman's movie — it's his directorial debut; he stars as its namesake sad sack; he wears his hair in those terrible dreadlocks that he covered with a big woolen hat at the Oscars last…
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Film, <i>Pirate Radio</i> gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock 'n' roll

Pirate Radio gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock 'n' roll

Seven months after its theatrical release in the U.K., and two months after its DVD debut there, Pirate Radio washes ashore in U.S. theaters with a different title (it was formerly known as The Boat That Rocked) and most of…
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Calendar, Night&Day All That Show Must Go On

All That Show Must Go On

In interviews, Charlie Kaufman has floated the idea of building a scale-model Las Vegas in Las Vegas—which would entail building a scale-model scale-model Las Vegas, and within it a . . . well, you get the picture. That’s probably the…
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Film, The World Is a Stage

The World Is a Stage

If you traveled the length of John Malkovich's medulla oblongata, hung a sharp left at the desk where Beckett's Krapp recorded his last tape, and walked through the adjoining door of the interstellar hotel room at the end of 2001,…
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