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Calendar, Night&Day Freak Out

Freak Out

This year marks the 10th anniversary of SF IndieFest's Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. If you aren't immediately scared to death after a single screening, you can enjoy three weeks of independent horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy…
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News, Fool Moon: The Annual Hype Over a Celestial Event is Bad Science — and Bad for Science

Fool Moon: The Annual Hype Over a Celestial Event is Bad Science — and Bad for Science

There's a reason Steven Spielberg put a midget actor in a diving cage surrounded by sharks in Jaws. It's the same reason many male adult film actors are short of stature. And it's also why photographs of last month's so-called…
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Film, "Django Unchained": A History of Violence

"Django Unchained": A History of Violence

Watching Django Unchained, it's easy to imagine that Quentin Tarantino had such a blast making his last picture, the ebullient Holocaust fantasia Inglourious Basterds, that he decided to take his whole blood-spattered historical tent show on the road, this time…
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Film, "Lincoln" Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg Ably Fill the Hat

"Lincoln" Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg Ably Fill the Hat

There's an unfun tendency in American life to fictionalize our national heroes as rigid statue-people who only speak as though they are delivering commencement addresses, a kind of unlovable, Al Gore-ish anti-charisma that would inhibit anyone in real life from…
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Film, Film Feature

Good Spielberg's Bad Moments: An Emotional History

The first few minutes of Lincoln play out like a parody of the expectations of Steven Spielberg's detractors. The Great Emancipator rests like a humble Solomon upon a hard wooden chair, surrounded by freely mixing black and white soldiers of…
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Film, Feature "Raiders of the Lost Ark": Still Joyously Disreputable in IMAX

"Raiders of the Lost Ark": Still Joyously Disreputable in IMAX

The story goes that while filming in Tunisia in the summer of 1980, Steven Spielberg avoided the dysentery that afflicted most of the cast and crew of Raiders of the Lost Ark by holing up in his hotel room with…
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Film, David Koepp: The Writer/Director at the End of Civilization

David Koepp: The Writer/Director at the End of Civilization

David Koepp writes, and now directs, superior B-movies. This is an admirable and tough-to-master skill given how few major movie studios are willing to take chances on films with lower budgets that don't employ a found-footage gimmick or generally look…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist E.T. Once Sold Coors to Drunk Drivers

E.T. Once Sold Coors to Drunk Drivers

Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from Golden State basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. E.T. Coors Ad Discovered At: 57th Street Antique Mall, Sacramento Somewhere in Hollywood, 1982. "So, as…
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Film, Feature Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

It was 1952 in Haddon Township, N.J., and 5-year-old Steven Spielberg was bummed about The Greatest Show on Earth, the first movie he saw in a theater. "I wanted to see three-dimensional characters, and all this was flat shadows,…
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Film, "War Horse": WWI Gets the Spielberg Treatment

"War Horse": WWI Gets the Spielberg Treatment

It might be perverse to accuse a tearjerker as accomplished as Steven Spielberg of being unfeeling. But the overcalculation with which he mechanically trots out one of his most familiar tropes for what amounts to a generic Disney animal story…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Godawful Coloring Book Roundup, Starring <em>Hook</em>, <em>The Dukes of Hazzard</em>, and Gerald Ford

Godawful Coloring Book Roundup, Starring Hook, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Gerald Ford

Each Friday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from Golden State basements, thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Back in the early 1990s, your Crap Archivist's younger brother developed the habit of…
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Film, "Super 8": Big Explosions, Big Fun in J.J. Abrams' Newest

"Super 8": Big Explosions, Big Fun in J.J. Abrams' Newest

A big-bang demolition derby, J.J. Abrams's much-anticipated, greatly enjoyable Super 8 seems bound for box-office glory. Opening three weeks before July 4, this Steven Spielberg-produced, kidcentric 21st-century disaster flick could well hang in at theaters till the 10th anniversary of…
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Film, Very Minor Miracle

Very Minor Miracle

On some level, you have to hand it to Spike Lee. There are probably fewer than a handful of directors working in Hollywood today who could put together the financing for a three-hour war movie lacking any marquee names and…
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Calendar, Night&Day What Cats Think

What Cats Think

When Jaws came out, shark researchers got all shouty, claiming that Steven Spielberg misrepresented the evilness of great whites. The same did not happen among alligator researchers after Alligator came out, because alligators are fucking assholes. So are piranhas —…
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Film, Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline

Indiana Jones and the Fortress of Sad Decline

Here's your hat, Indy, but, really, what's your hurry? Because 19 years after the Last Crusade that clearly wasn't, and 15 years after the old man joined Young Indiana Jones on the small screen to recount his glory days blowing…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Steven Spielberg goes direct-to-video-game with Boom Blox for the Wii.

Steven Spielberg goes direct-to-video-game with Boom Blox for the Wii.

Steven Spielberg may rule Hollywood, but in the video-game biz — the more profitable of the two industries, becoming more so with each passing year — he's a bikini-clad babe in Jaws-infested waters. Perhaps that's why in 2005, Spielberg, an…
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Music, All Shook Down DreamWorks Acquires Rights to "Ghost in the Shell"

DreamWorks Acquires Rights to "Ghost in the Shell"

Variety reported that Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks bought the rights to Japanese anime, Ghost in the Shell, with plans for a live-action film adaptation. The problem is, Spielberg will neither produce nor direct it. Wow, this movie is going to…
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Film, FilmCap

CJ7

Something of a departure for Hong Kong's reigning master of special-effects slapstick Stephen Chow, CJ7 is a father-son fable transparently modeled on Steven Spielberg's ET. Chow plays a single dad who works as a day laborer to send his young…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Way Out of Sync

Way Out of Sync

Edison Force (Sony) Gritty cop stuff must write itself -- just make sure everyone's tough, corrupt, and talking like they stole Mickey Spillane's thesaurus. Then cast Justin Timberlake. Screech! Employing the talented (at music) popster as a crusading journalist isn't…
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