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Calendar, Night&Day Art of Darkness

Art of Darkness

It’s hard to imagine an experimental Danish documentary siphoning off too much Best Actor attention. But make no mistake: in The Ambassador, Mads Brugger -- who, as both featured performer in and auteur of films which seek to capture reality…
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Film, "The Ambassador": Prankish Doc Exposes the Heart of Darkness

"The Ambassador": Prankish Doc Exposes the Heart of Darkness

The blitzkrieg of award season is right around the corner, and with it, we can expect an onslaught of stunt performances, designed to wow Academy voters and feature editors (and also viewers?) with their evident degrees of difficulty and demonstrable…
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Film, "The Dictator": More Culture Clash Than Comedy Revolution

"The Dictator": More Culture Clash Than Comedy Revolution

In The Dictator, Admiral General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen), dictator of fictional North African nation Wadiya, travels to New York to defend Wadiya's nuclear program to the U.N. Aladeen's brother (Ben Kingsley) attempts to sell him out, hiring a goat-fetishizing…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Lessons Sacha Baron Cohen's <em>The Dictator</em> Can Teach Real Tyrants

Five Lessons Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator Can Teach Real Tyrants

After slaying international audiences with his Ali G and Borat characters, Sacha Baron Cohen's latest feature film The Dictator finds him in a new role as Admiral General Aladeen, the surprisingly lovable leader of the Republic of Wadiya. It's a…
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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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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse movie listings for October 14-20, 2009

Arthouse movie listings for October 14-20, 2009

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. "An Evening of Electroacoustic Audiovisual Improvisations": Film and music by John Butcher, Gino Robair, and Bill Hsu. Wed., Oct. 14, 8 p.m. $6-$10. "Kiwi-pop and Spazzanimation": Music by the Blueness, and…
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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse movie listings for August 19-25, 2009

Arthouse movie listings for August 19-25, 2009

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: Film and video open mike. Thu., Aug. 20, 8 p.m. $5. "A Suite of Maya Deren Short Films": Includes the famous Meshes of the Afternoon. Fri., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.…
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Film, <i>Bruno</i>: Not quite as funny as <i>Borat</i>

Bruno: Not quite as funny as Borat

"Heterosexuals can't understand camp because everything they do is camp," opined an associate of the old Playhouse of the Ridiculous, a New York theater known for its good-natured, anarchic sexual farce — a piece like Turds in Hell, which offered…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fog Belt Flicks

Fog Belt Flicks

Here’s a helpful hint Heloise neglected to mention: Guys will say and do anything to get laid. You already knew that? Well, that’s precisely what frustrates the greasy titular “hero” of The Snake, local filmmakers Eric Kutner and Adam Goldstein’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Religulous

Religulous

Bill Maher's one-man stand-up attack on religious fundamentalism is a dog that has more bark than bite—a skeptical, secular-humanist hounding of the hypocrites, amusingly annotated with sarcastic subtitles and clips from cheesy biblical spectacles. Religulous opens with Maher at ground…
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Calendar, Night&Day Religulous

Religulous

Bill Maher’s one-man stand-up attack on religious fundamentalism is a dog that has more bark than bite—a skeptical, secular-humanist hounding of the hypocrites, amusingly annotated with sarcastic subtitles and clips from cheesy biblical spectacles. Religulous opens with Maher at ground…
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Film, On the Road

On the Road

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is funnier than its malapropic title — the audience with whom I saw the movie wasn't laughing so much as howling — and even more difficult to parse.…
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Film, Crash Test Dummy

Crash Test Dummy

There is no modern-day antecedent to the movies Will Ferrell makes with writer-director Adam McKay, with whom Ferrell collaborated during their tenure at Saturday Night Live only a few years ago. To compare their offerings, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish New releases available this week

New releases available this week

Da Ali G Show: Da Compleet Second Seazon (HBO Home Video) Sacha Baron Cohen's inching closer to Tom Green territory; come this time next year, his HBO show is likely to be on the pop-culture junk pile. Which isn't to…
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