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Film, "Beware of Mr. Baker": Give the Drummer Some Slack

"Beware of Mr. Baker": Give the Drummer Some Slack

"Bonham had technique, but he couldn't swing a sack of shit," says great drummer and sack of shit Ginger Baker to interviewer Jay Bulger. This is one of many aperçus in Bulger's documentary Beware of Mr. Baker. Baker, who first…
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Film, "Amour": The Letting Go

"Amour": The Letting Go

There are two things that are certain in life. One is that death will come for every one of us. The other is that every film Michael Haneke makes will have a fair shot at the Cannes Palme d'Or. Amour,…
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Film, "Gangster Squad": Just Some Crap, Ma'am

"Gangster Squad": Just Some Crap, Ma'am

Originally slated to open in September 2012, Gangster Squad was delayed when the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., suddenly made a scene of gunfire in Grauman's Chinese Theatre "inappropriate." Four months later, a turn in the film's plot that relies…
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Film, "Promised Land": The Message Is the Message

"Promised Land": The Message Is the Message

Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions — in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit Stillman's Barcelona — are buried under a mountain of films proving the rule. That one set of phonies are…
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Film, Feature The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

Part of the renascent body-count action industry, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning's mere existence might shock many Americans. "There are four Universal Soldier movies?" those shocked Americans would say. They might also be taken aback by the bracing violence that…
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"The Collection": Nothing to See Here

A murkily directed bore "dealing" with the subject of serial killers and revenge only to reconfirm to its horror-fanboy audience that both are totally badass, The Collection doesn't have much to recommend it beyond a first-reel bloodbath rivaling Blade and…
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Film, "Dragon": A Clever, Graceful Hong Kong Western

"Dragon": A Clever, Graceful Hong Kong Western

The roaring popular success of Peter Chan's Wu xia in China — renamed Dragon for export — is no mystery: It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths. Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen), a paper-mill worker and by all accounts…
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Film, "Red Dawn": North Korea (and Audiences) Go Home Unhappy

"Red Dawn": North Korea (and Audiences) Go Home Unhappy

America has had its national traumas — its Antietams and Pearl Harbors and 9/11s — but what we haven't faced since the Battle of New Orleans is proper ground invasion, a shooting war with a foreign occupying army. Rather than…
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Film, "Anna Karenina": Now with Extra Artifice

"Anna Karenina": Now with Extra Artifice

Joe Wright's dust-blowing new adaptation of Anna Karenina faces a towering mountain of precedent: not only the greatest novel by the man Nabokov called "the greatest Russian writer of prose fiction," but the whole checkered history of Leo Tolstoy at…
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Film, Film Feature The Sky Keeps Falling!: A Short History of the Death of Cinema

The Sky Keeps Falling!: A Short History of the Death of Cinema

That the American cinema is deader than Dillinger is a fact no right-thinking observer unwilling to be laughed out of the room would even think of denying today. To do the current round of think-piece writers one better, we will…
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Film, "The Man with the Iron Fists": The RZA Gets Good and Weird

"The Man with the Iron Fists": The RZA Gets Good and Weird

As Wu-Tang Clan's principal producer and myth-maker, Robert "RZA" Diggs translated the group's rugged urban background into the language of Wuxia flicks and '70s Marvel Comics. These elements are accounted for in the RZA's first film, the 19th-century-China-set The Man…
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    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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