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Film, "Neil Young Journeys": The Musician Commands the Room

"Neil Young Journeys": The Musician Commands the Room

Not to knock films as fantastic as his Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs, and Something Wild, but there's something wilder-- or at least, more directly stimulating and pure-- about Jonathan Demme's live-performance docs. The 68-year-old auteur immortalized…
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Music, Neil Young Journeys: The Artist and the Director Discuss Their Third Film

Neil Young Journeys: The Artist and the Director Discuss Their Third Film

Not to knock films as fantastic as his Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs, and Something Wild, but there's something wilder — or at least, more directly stimulating and pure — about Jonathan Demme's live-performance docs. The 68-year-old…
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Film, Film Feature The Summer Movie Rises: Twenty Films to Watch Out For

The Summer Movie Rises: Twenty Films to Watch Out For

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. In a movie season worshipped for its CGI-boosted, spiritually bankrupt juvenilia, it's heartening to know that filmmakers still create — and maybe more significantly, that studios still distribute — summer entertainment for grown-ups. Not…
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Film, Feature "Red Hook Summer": Spike Lee Goes Back to Brooklyn

"Red Hook Summer": Spike Lee Goes Back to Brooklyn

Do the Right Thing's pizza delivery boy Mookie may make an early cameo, but don't call Spike Lee's ambitious, uncompromising, and musically charged return to Brooklyn a sequel. Red Hook Summer, which is set for a limited release on August…
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Film, "The Fairy": Slapstick Comedy Runs Stale

"The Fairy": Slapstick Comedy Runs Stale

Since their irresistibly madcap 2005 debut Iceberg, Belgium-based filmmakers, actors, and former clowns Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, and Bruno Romy have been spinning splashy, near-absurdist whimsy out of limber-limbed pantomime and a Jacques Tati-esque sensibility for droll geometry and framing.…
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Film, "Safe": Dopey Film Does Jason Statham's Heroics a Disservice

"Safe": Dopey Film Does Jason Statham's Heroics a Disservice

The pulpy scenarios change, but squinty action-hero Jason Statham remains chiseled, coiled, and ready to hurl himself into scores of grimacing baddies like a goddamn human cannonball. In writer-director Boaz Yakin's Safe, a preposterously enjoyable — or enjoyably preposterous —…
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Calendar, Night&Day "Another Form of Thinking" Captured

"Another Form of Thinking" Captured

Countless documentaries have feebly attempted to probe and illuminate the creative process (the phrase "dancing about architecture" springs to mind), and even Dresden-born visual artist Gerhard Richter — an 80-year-old master of many brush styles and ideas, from photorealistic portraiture…
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Film, "Gone": Lackluster Thriller Doesn't Skimp on the Sexism

"Gone": Lackluster Thriller Doesn't Skimp on the Sexism

Taking a cue from her Chloe co-star Liam Neeson, a feral-eyed Amanda Seyfried relentlessly tracks her sister's kidnapper in this wholly preposterous and casually sexist thriller, in which all female characters are either hysterical, victim-prone, both, or hopeless second fiddles.…
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Film, "The Secret World of Arrietty": Little People Leave Big Mark

"The Secret World of Arrietty": Little People Leave Big Mark

Although Japanese filmmaker and animation virtuoso Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) serves only on the periphery as co-writer and production supervisor, his soulfulness still radiates through The Secret World of Arrietty, a hand-drawn adaptation of Mary Norton's ageless kid-lit series The…
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Film, "Chronicle": Telekinetic High-Schoolers Play with Camcorders

"Chronicle": Telekinetic High-Schoolers Play with Camcorders

Written by Max "Son of John" Landis, Chronicle playfully transcends its "Cloverfield meets Heroes" pitch. Brimming with passive anger over his mother's terminal illness and his father's drunken abuse, Seattle loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan) buys a cheap camcorder and records…
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Calendar, Night&Day Objects of Affection

Objects of Affection

Whether you’ve pulled this week’s paper out of a kiosk or you’re reading this online in your (hopefully) ergonomic computer chair, chances are that you take the objects you interact with daily for granted. Gary Hustwit name-checks his stylish 2007…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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