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Film, Feature The Year in Film: Quentin Tarantino Goes Big

The Year in Film: Quentin Tarantino Goes Big

Illustration by Justin Crutchley Quentin Tarantino has been Googling himself, and it's starting to become a problem. The filmmaker, whose eighth feature, Django Unchained, opened on Christmas Day, is famously an analog evangelist: He writes his scripts in longhand;…
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Film, Feature The Year in Film: Top 10 Movies of 2012

The Year in Film: Top 10 Movies of 2012

More than ever, boiling this concluding year down to the 10 "best" movies feels both arbitrary and reductive. Ideally, I'd have 25 unnumbered slots. I'd cite another five, formally varied nonfiction films: Tchoupitoulas, Detropia, The Ambassador, Only the Young, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rise Up

Rise Up

It's 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky coast of a fictional New England isle. Twelve-year-old Sam (Jared Gilman), a scrawny outcast, disappears from the Khaki Scout camp, leaving behind a "resignation" letter for scoutmaster Randy Ward (Edward…
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Film, "Generation P": Psychedelic Post-Soviet Satire

"Generation P": Psychedelic Post-Soviet Satire

Billed as "the first and only Russian film that poked sharp satire at the current Russian political system and the virtuality of its leaders," director Victor Ginzburg's Generation P gives phantasmagoric treatment to an alternate (but not necessarily inaccurate) history…
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Film, "Killing Them Softly": Crime Is Just Business

"Killing Them Softly": Crime Is Just Business

An adaptation of George V. Higgins's 1974 novel Cogan's Trade, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly anatomizes a self-policing underground economy of junkies, killers, and administrators to indict a present-day mainstream world — the world into which the film is being…
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Film, Feature Puppets and Starlets: Sean Baker Goes Inside the Porn Biz

Puppets and Starlets: Sean Baker Goes Inside the Porn Biz

Sean Baker's Starlet stars Dree Hemingway (Ernest's great-granddaughter) as Jane, a 21-year-old "girl next door" porn performer whose off-hours are spent getting high in the Valley house she shares with fellow "starlet" Melissa (Stella Maeve) and Melissa's small-time impresario boyfriend…
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Film, "The Comedy": Look at This Fucking Movie

"The Comedy": Look at This Fucking Movie

Could there be a more unsympathetic character in today's culture than a well-born white male who uses his privilege irresponsibly? A highly improvised fictional exposé in search of the elusive heart and soul of hipster nihilism, The Comedy stars alt-comic…
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Film, "Hitchcock": The Making of "Psycho" Should Be More Interesting

"Hitchcock": The Making of "Psycho" Should Be More Interesting

Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the premiere of his 1959 chase film, North by Northwest. "You're 60 years old!" shouts a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Hitched

Get Hitched

Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the premiere of his 1959 chase film, North by Northwest. “You’re 60 years old!” shouts a…
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Film, "Silver Linings Playbook": Mostly Cloudy Storytelling

"Silver Linings Playbook": Mostly Cloudy Storytelling

Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley Cooper as a manic-depressive man-child attempting to get his life back together after a breakdown, won the coveted Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and subsequently shot to the top…
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Film, "Skyfall": Laying Bare the Unknowable Spy

"Skyfall": Laying Bare the Unknowable Spy

If Hollywood's rut du jour is the origin story as bid for franchise immortality, you can't say that Skyfall — the 23rd "official" James Bond film in 50 years — isn't on trend. Eight years ago in Casino Royale, Daniel…
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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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