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Culture, The Exhibitionist Melancholy Cast in Steel: Cate Blanchett in <i>Carol</i>

Melancholy Cast in Steel: Cate Blanchett in Carol

The opening shot of Todd Haynes’ Carol rises up on an ornately patterned fence. Each exquisitely composed scene that follows includes things that divide us: walls, doors, panes of glass. There’s always something visually in the way to separate Therese…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings July 20-26

Balboa Theater. Idiots & Angels: Bill Plympton's latest animated feature. July 25-27, 9 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa (at 38th Ave.), 221-8184, www.balboamovies.com. Castro Theatre. Poison and Safe: Todd Haynes double feature. Wed., July 20, 3, 4:35 & 7 p.m. 429…
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Film, The Wanderers

The Wanderers

Not long after her lovely 2006 film, Old Joy, received the terrific reviews and lousy box office that habitually reward talented makers of very-low-budget movies, Kelly Reichardt had lunch with her old friend Todd Haynes. Reichardt had just seen Brokeback…
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Music, Let's Get Killed <i>Walk Hard</i>: The first biopic to address bad tripping with the Beatles and slicing your sibling in half

Walk Hard: The first biopic to address bad tripping with the Beatles and slicing your sibling in half

This has been the year of the high-concept music movie. The last quarter of 2007 alone gave us a mixed bag of Ian Curtis' photogenic emotional crash (Anton Corbijn's Control), Kurt Cobain's audio musings over visuals of the Northwest (A.J.…
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Film, Like a Complete Unknown

Like a Complete Unknown

I'm Not There and the changing face of Bob Dylan on film. I'm Not There is the movie of the year — but to whom does Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic actually belong, and when was it really made? The…
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Film, One of Us Must Know

One of Us Must Know

"Something about that movie, though, well I just can't get it out of my head/But I can't remember why I was in it or what part I was supposed to play" — Bob Dylan, "Brownsville Girl." Literally speaking, Bob Dylan…
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Music, All Shook Down 34th Telluride Film Festival Day Two: Greil Marcus and writing with one eye

34th Telluride Film Festival Day Two: Greil Marcus and writing with one eye

SF Weekly's Meredith Brody brings us news from Telluride regarding Bob Dylan, Sad Rock Docs, and Narcissism. Thanks, Mer. -d2 Another anecdote from the previous day: as I wait in the Denver airport for the Telluride charter flight: a young…
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Culture, Books

The Straight Girls Guide to Sleeping With Chicks

By Jen Sincero Fireside/Simon & Schuster (2005), $12 I'm either going to have to bang Jen Sincero or hand this book off to my husband, because it's just full of great tricks. Though the author runs through the gamut of…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Karen Carpenter ensured her lasting fame by becoming the first anorexia nervosa poster child, but none of the hundreds of articles and books written on her untimely demise captures the mixed-up horror of her life quite…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brains and <i>Braun</i>

Brains and Braun

You'd think that with a life as crazed as his was -- oceans of drink, drugs, sleazy sex, suicidal male lovers, and tormented wives -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder wouldn't have had time to make movies. He did, though, cramming into…
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Film, Moore,  and Less

Moore, and Less

Writer/director Todd Haynes' loving re-creation of a 1950s-style Hollywood melodrama (think Douglas Sirk) is a puzzling affair. Watching Far From Heaven is like taking a trip back in time -- not to the real world of 1957 but, rather, to…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Movie Programmer

Everybody loves the Castro Theatre. It regularly wins readers' polls and Best Of awards for its gorgeous space, community spirit, and outstanding programs. But the Castro's heart is clearly in its eclectic, thoughtful mix of films, all of them selected…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday september 27 Cum on Feel the Noize Five years ago, when the Orb combined whooshing waves with Minnie Ripperton's bird song on "A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Center of the Ultraworld," ambient club music seemed…
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Film,

A Dolls House

Her name is Carol White. She's a Southern California homemaker, a self-described "milkaholic," and the tragic centerpiece of Todd Haynes' brilliant new film, Safe. Before Carol (Julianne Moore) utters a line, Haynes telegraphs her illness and alienation. The first time…
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