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Culture, Kill Your Television Family Values: Corn Syrup for the Mind

Family Values: Corn Syrup for the Mind

When I was a kid I was not allowed to have sugared cereal. (That didn't mean I couldn't secretly pile C&H on my Grape-Nuts, mind you.) One day my mom brought home Quaker Corn Bran cereal. Ugh, I said, reaching…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door The Princess and the Whore: Heavy Breathing in the Magic Kingdom

The Princess and the Whore: Heavy Breathing in the Magic Kingdom

I was sweating. My heart was beating fast and hard in my ears. I had been dreaming of this day for a long time, saving my money and counting down the days. I had been nervous that maybe she would…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Sunight

Preview: Sunight

It all started with Fantasia. Walt Disney's theatrical epic was the first popular application of surround sound in a motion picture. The technology boomed in the '70s, as blockbusters like Apocalypse Now, Superman, and Star Wars called for ever more…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door

The Oldest Profession Gets Professional: The Industry Recognizes One of Its Own

My taxi pulled into the W Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard, which is conveniently located in between Jayne Mansfield and Doris Day on the Walk of Fame. I was headed to my very first awards show: the 12th annual XBiz Awards.…
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Film,

Arthouse Movie Listings February 5-11, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Boom: The Sound of Eviction: Though originally released in 2001, this documentary by ILWU member Mark Liiv — about the original late-'90s dot-com bubble — should still ring frighteningly true today. Following the film, local community members,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strange Alchemy

Strange Alchemy

Prepare yourself for a chocolate-meets-peanut butter moment. This event, Wagner Bowling, rolls together two things previously unassociated: bowling and opera. Yes, that's right. Bowling and opera. The event is sponsored by the Merola Opera Program, an organization that creates…
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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, "Saving Mr. Banks": The Biopic of <i>Mary Poppins</i>

"Saving Mr. Banks": The Biopic of Mary Poppins

One way to know if a movie is a classic is to discover yourself feeling pity for another movie about how it was made. Pity this true-if-syrupy Hollywood story of Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in stubborn…
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Film, "Escape from Tomorrow": Disney Will Destroy You

"Escape from Tomorrow": Disney Will Destroy You

Contrary to the buzz, Randy Moore's Escape from Tomorrow was not entirely shot guerrilla-style at Disneyland and/or Disney World. At least a quarter of the picture — which follows a suburban man (Roy Abramsohn) descending into madness during a miserable…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings for April 3-9, 2013

Aquarium of the Bay. Bad Movie Night: Shark Week: The Dark Room Theater's incisive critics/comics sink their teeth into The Asylum's 2012 straight-to-video stinker in which a group of strangers are forced to survive a "horrifying gauntlet" of deadly sharks.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rocky Horror &#x2028;Disney Show

Rocky Horror 
Disney Show

So, you want to be Angela Lansbury. In fact, you’ve always wanted to be Angela Lansbury — and who doesn’t share this modest yet unattainable dream? Hundreds of Lansbury wannabes (and their children) will be packing the Castro Theatre this…
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Film, "Spring Breakers": This is What America Gets

"Spring Breakers": This is What America Gets

This candy-colored fever dream of id-driven nihilism? You brought this on yourselves, America. Or so Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers seems to say, with something like the old-fashioned pseudo-satirical wink of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. This is better, though, more…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Disney’s animated version of the story of Aladdin had a lot going on. There were the Broadway-worthy songs, Robin Williams hamming it up as the voice of the genie, and let’s not forget Princess Jasmine’s belly-baring harem pants ensemble. Do…
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Film, Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

Of the eight films included in this year's Oscar program, only five are nominated for Best Animated Short Film; the other three were presumably added to bump the program up to feature length. But they're high-quality filler, and no collection…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings January 2-8, 2013

The Castro Theatre. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A new restoration of Disney's animated classic. Through Jan. 6, 1:30, 3:45, 6 & 8:15 p.m. $8.50-$11. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, castrotheatre.com. Dark Room Theater. Snakes on a Plane: Part…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whistle While You're Off Work

Whistle While You're Off Work

Unlike Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney didn’t completely abandon short subjects for features. After all, there was a lot of money in cartoons, especially after television stepped into the role of cut-rate babysitter in the ‘50s. But Disney was just as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prints Charming

Prints Charming

What was your favorite part of The Little Mermaid? Was it when the enchantress cuts out the mermaid’s tongue in payment for her potion? Ah, Disney omitted that detail from Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale, along with her suicide. Artist…
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Calendar, Night&Day Good Apple

Good Apple

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, for all its legendary impact and influence, was an enormous gamble on the part of Walt Disney. His Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony cartoon shorts had been successful, but producing a feature was another…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Mousecapades

Mousecapades

There are a couple ways to “Disney” if you belong to the non-infantile set: You can stand in line in the sweltering heat with said infants to ride a flying elephant and buy a Mickey Mouse-shaped lollipop, or satisfy your…
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