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News, The Snitch Millennial Problems: The ‘Pussy Generation’

Millennial Problems: The ‘Pussy Generation’

It’s certainly no secret that film legend Clint Eastwood is an old-time conservative. (Remember when he talked to the chair at the RNC in 2012? We’ve got you covered here.)  If that speech was awkward and uncomfortable - and yes,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist #SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

#SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

1. Monica Lewinsky (former White House intern known for the Lewinsky…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 5 Movies That Inspired Movies

5 Movies That Inspired Movies

"I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years," George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. This week the Criterion Collection released a definitive edition of Kurosawa's film, along with…
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News, The Snitch Fellow Republicans: A Five-Point to Stop Our Asses From Getting Kicked

Fellow Republicans: A Five-Point to Stop Our Asses From Getting Kicked

To: Lovers of America From: The Republican National Committee RE: Emergency platform changes Dear Patriots: It seems that 47 percent was somewhat larger than we anticipated in last week's election. Henceforth, we urge all Republicans to adopt these immediate policy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist City by the Bytes: San Francisco According to Video Games

City by the Bytes: San Francisco According to Video Games

When I moved from Fresno to San Francisco in 1994, it was for all the usual reasons: To go to college, to start a new life, to discover who I really was, yadda yadda. And, of course, to finally live…
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News, The Snitch Michelle Obama's Speech Kicked Mitt Romney's Ass on Twitter

Michelle Obama's Speech Kicked Mitt Romney's Ass on Twitter

Aside from showing Clint Eastwood how a speech is given sans empty chairs, Michelle Obama's electrifying oration at the Democratic National Convention also nearly broke Twitter.Let's face it, the First Lady's speech rocked the house last night -- and when…
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Film, "J. Edgar": Rich Script, Masterful Acting Weave Dense Historical Tale

"J. Edgar": Rich Script, Masterful Acting Weave Dense Historical Tale

Clint Eastwood goes deep into Oliver Stone territory and emerges victorious with J. Edgar. Although hardly flawless, Eastwood's biopic is his richest, most ambitious movie since Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers, if not Unforgiven. Patriot, scoundrel,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Unreality Realized

Unreality Realized

We present to you a contradiction. You sit in a luxurious setting with a stunning view. People bring you wine and food. On a big screen you watch a man in a prison — a prison that’s so close you…
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Film, "The Guard": Shaggy Dog Irish Cop Tale Thinks It's More Clever Than It Is

"The Guard": Shaggy Dog Irish Cop Tale Thinks It's More Clever Than It Is

The Guard is a shaggy-man character study, its subject Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething policeman in western Ireland. No by-the-book cop, he spends his days off romping with hookers and has no qualms about gulping MDMA from the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Paradise Regained

Paradise Regained

To our recurring surprise, many locals never get the idea to visit Alcatraz, because traveling by boat to an island to walk around cellblocks is just something they don't like do. How come? Because tourists get that idea, every day,…
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Film, "Hereafter": Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon make a puddle of psychic ick

"Hereafter": Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon make a puddle of psychic ick

Life is wonderful, death is wow, chance is weird, and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter is a puddle of tepid ick. Is America's last cowboy icon prospecting for more Oscar gold? Taking for his map an original screenplay by British docu-dramatist Peter…
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Calendar, Night&Day Goodness Gracious

Goodness Gracious

It takes a lot of balls to light your tits on fire. Angel Cecelia Helene Walker, better known as Satan’s Angel, has done it approximately 25,000 times over the last 40 years. Born in San Francisco to a devout Catholic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Great Obstacles

Great Obstacles

No, not the parkas. The fearsome north face of the Eiger mountain became the object of National Socialist obsession during the '30s. An Olympic gold medal was promised to its first summit party—preferably to be of good, blonde Aryan stock,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Invictus</i>

Invictus

A rosy tale of racial reconciliation neatly wrapped in a triumphalist sports movie (and blessedly free of spurious Obama parallels), Clint Eastwood's new movie tells the story of how freshly elected South African President Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman…
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Film, Feature

Eastwood on the Pitch

On a late March morning, the sun sits high in the Cape Town sky, illuminating the trapezoidal monolith of Table Mountain in the distance, while down by the city's busy waterfront, the players of South Africa's national rugby union team…
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Film, Clint Eastwood's <i>Invictus</i>: All's well that ends well

Clint Eastwood's Invictus: All's well that ends well

Aside from Morgan Freeman, who makes a fabulous Nelson Mandela, there's this to savor about Invictus, a rosy tale of racial reconciliation neatly wrapped in a triumphalist sports movie: The film is blessedly free of Barack Obama parallels. Also, we…
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Music, Del the Funky Homosapien teams up for his best work in a decade

Del the Funky Homosapien teams up for his best work in a decade

Del the Funky Homosapien has contributed his share to the canon of hip-hop classics. His first two albums, the funk-infused I Wish My Brother George Was Here and the harder-edged, battle-rapping No Need for Alarm, left unique marks upon the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Like many characters Clint Eastwood has played in his six-decade screen career, recently widowed Korean War vet Walt Kowalski is a man outside of his own time hurled by circumstance into direct conflict with the present. That transition occurs when…
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News, Feature Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season&#146;s must-see movies

Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season’s must-see movies

In the days and weeks ahead, several tremendous (dare we say Oscar-caliber?) films will be arriving in Bay Area theaters. They're poignant, affecting, and moving. But one thing they aren't is funny. Maybe that's because of the depressed mood of…
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Film, Forgiven

Forgiven

Walt Kowalski growls a lot — a dyspeptic rumble that wells up from deep inside his belly when he catches sight of his midriff-baring teenage granddaughter text-messaging her way through her grandmother's funeral, or when his good-for-nothing son and daughter-in-law…
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