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Film, "Planes: Fire & Rescue": Even Aircraft Love a Good Fart Joke

"Planes: Fire & Rescue": Even Aircraft Love a Good Fart Joke

Pixar's Cars begat Cars 2, which begat Planes, which begat Bobs Gannaway's Planes: Fire & Rescue, the closest thing we're getting to a Pixar movie this year. But other than being set in the same universe as the Cars pictures,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tech Conference

Tech Conference

A common criticism of the technology industry (aside from our exorbitant rental prices, of course) is that its workers don't represent the diversity found in the Bay Area. There is some truth to that. Twitter was widely criticized last…
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Film, Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation: Pixar Vs. Disney

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation: Pixar Vs. Disney

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation Hooray for cartoons! While there's a lot wrong with the Academy Awards — the glaring lack of an award for stunt performers, for example — at least they've always had a category for Best…
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Film, "Monsters University": Imaginary Animal House

"Monsters University": Imaginary Animal House

By all accounts, a follow-up to Pixar's 2001 Monsters, Inc. has been on the boards since 2005, but it's just as well that it took this long for this story of how ambulatory eyeball Mike (Billy Crystal) and fuzzy purple…
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Calendar, Night&Day Walnut Tartlets 
and Other Delights

Walnut Tartlets 
and Other Delights

San Francisco loves food from farms, and we also love festivals of films, so it’s surprising that this weekend’s Food & Farm Film Fest at the Roxie is the first convergence of these elements. Presented in conjunction with Bi-Rite Market…
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Film, "Wreck-It Ralph": Are We at the Movies or an Arcade?

"Wreck-It Ralph": Are We at the Movies or an Arcade?

It's hard out there for a videogame villain: always being attacked, never given the benefit of the doubt, and forever pigeonholed into a role no one wants to see you escape. Such is the fate of Wreck-It Ralph (John C.…
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Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Sweet, Sincere, Cloying, Beautiful

Of the five Academy Award-nominated documentaries, Saving Face and God Is the Bigger Elvis were sadly not made available for critics, but the other three address significant moments in recent world history from the perspective of the firsthand witness. In…
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Calendar, Night&Day Digging Up Santa

Digging Up Santa

If a virginal, wound-way-too-tight ballerina discovering her dark side isn’t savage (or hysterical) enough to offset the season’s sugary excesses, check out the little package irreverent Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander left under the tree. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale imagines…
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Calendar, Night&Day Very Bad Santa

Very Bad Santa

If a virginal, wound-way-too-tight ballerina discovering her dark side isn’t savage (or hysterical) enough to offset the season’s sugary excesses, check out the little package irreverent Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander left under the tree. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale imagines…
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Calendar, Night&Day Very Bad Santa

Very Bad Santa

Christmas is over, but this irreverent little package is worth opening year-round. In Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander imagines the nastiness that ensues when an American mining company accidentally excavates a dirty, naked, and bearded fellow…
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Film, "Toy Story 3": Pixar's juggernaut turns morose

"Toy Story 3": Pixar's juggernaut turns morose

Fifteen years after ushering in a new era of CGI animation, and 11 years after a colossally successful premillennial sequel, the Toy Story franchise returns to a changed world. Its irresistible conceit and snappy good humor remain largely intact, though…
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Calendar, Night&Day Visibly Animated

Visibly Animated

Al Jarnow’s free-association films serve as an astringent antidote to the wisecracking-animal-and-dancing-inanimate-object school of animation practiced by Pixar, Disney, and the other Hollywood studios. As the creator of Sesame Street’s science-themed animated movies, Jarnow just might have gotten into many…
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Calendar, Night&Day Single-Cel Organisms

Single-Cel Organisms

It’s a crime, frankly, that Pixar will shortly be salivating over a fifth Animated Feature Oscar at a time when Hayao Miyazaki, The Triplets of Belleville, Sin City, Persepolis, and Waltz with Bashir have reclaimed animation for adults. As the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Up</i>

Up

First of all, Up is not a movie about a cranky old coot who, with the help of a roly-poly Boy Scout, finds his inner child during a series of magical adventures experienced from the front porch of a dilapidated…
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Film, <i>Up</i> soars in entirely unexpected ways

Up soars in entirely unexpected ways

First of all, Up is not a movie about a cranky old coot who, with the help of a roly-poly Boy Scout, finds his inner child during a series of magical adventures experienced from the front porch of a dilapidated…
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Film, Summer of Salvation

Summer of Salvation

"The cinema is not a slice of life but a piece of cake," Alfred Hitchcock once said, and if that's true — and who are we to dispute the Master? — then summertime is when we gorge (unhealthily, most of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Who Sees Short Shorts?

Who Sees Short Shorts?

Those who have never attended the annual festival of Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts should be advised: Don’t expect all 10 entries to be mini-masterpieces. Nonetheless, there’s some lovely artistry to be found. The live-action selections largely reject tight narrative…
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Film, FilmCap

2009 Academy Award–Nominated Shorts

Those who have never attended the annual festival of Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts should be advised: Don't expect all 10 entries to be minimasterpieces. Nonetheless, there's some lovely artistry to be found. The live-action selections largely reject tight narrative…
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Calendar, Night&Day Swiss Engineering

Swiss Engineering

The system devised to project Yves Netzhammer’s video installation Furniture of Proportions is an elegant work of art in its own right. It looks like a giant’s flashlight, black and streamlined, but modified to throw images onto three walls instead…
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Film, Robots in Love

Robots in Love

Many will attempt to describe WALL-E with a one-liner. It's R2-D2 in love. 2001: A Space Odyssey starring the Little Tramp. An Inconvenient Truth meets Idiocracy on its way to Toy Story. But none of these do justice to a…
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