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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Actress Emilia Clarke and author Jojo Moyes Depict a Richer View of Quadriplegia in Me Before You

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) and Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) prove that love is the most vital feeling in Me Before You. - ALEX BAILEY
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  • Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) and Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) prove that love is the most vital feeling in Me Before You.

While some are already blasting Me Before You for presenting disabled people as pitiful, the author and the star of the critically-acclaimed-novel-turned-film, Jojo Moyes and Emilia Clarke, respectively, told SF Weekly that they were confident that they had conducted enough research between them to support a more well-rounded character in the form of wealthy quadriplegic Will Traynor (The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin), who falls in love with his more humble caregiver, Louisa Clark (Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke) in the tender romantic dramedy. Me Before You opens in San Francisco on June 3.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

$5M of Weaponized Tackiness: Super Bowl City Is a Depressing Bore

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

I went to Super Bowl City, and it's absolutely terrible. It's a boring, badly planned surveillance state by and for people with shitty taste that manages to be as crassly commercial as a mall with lackluster foot traffic without any kind of glitz or spectacle. It is a tableau of weaponized tackiness, a failure of urbanism, and an irruption of banality into a public space with enormous potential. For $5 million — or whatever the true cost of San Francisco's sporting-event-by-proxy turns out to be — we should have gotten a lot more than this half-assed carnival of the jejune.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Sarah Gavron Takes Us to Suffragette City

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) fights for her right to pick a party in director Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, which opens Oct. 30. - STEFFAN HILL / FOCUS FEATURES
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  • Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) fights for her right to pick a party in director Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, which opens Oct. 30.

is a movie about women, made by women, for everyone. Chronicling the violent struggle for women's suffrage in the UK, the action-packed period drama opening Oct. 30 and starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep demonstrates how hard-won women's rights were, and with a national election looming in the US, where candidates continue to argue about a woman's right to choose, just how precarious these rights remain. SF Weekly spoke to Suffragette director Sarah Gavron about her kinship with her mostly female cast and crew, the controversies that have plagued the film and what she hopes audiences of all genders take away.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Jem and the Holograms Isn't Even Close to Being the Worst Movie Ever Made

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM


To reiterate a question I posed a couple weeks ago: what’s the worst film ever made? No, it’s not Pixels or Fantastic Four.  It  also continues to not be Jem and the Holograms, which opened last Friday, Oct. 23, and is already considered a major financial flop, having earned back less than half of its tiny budget over the weekend. It’s not the best film ever made by a long shot, and it’s far from perfect, but it doesn’t have to be flawless to be worthy or entertaining, and it certainly doesn’t deserve the hate it’s been getting this past year.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Stonewall Director Roland Emmerich Answers The Film's Critics

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Stonewall poster. - ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
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  • Stonewall poster.

Openly gay Hollywood A-lister Roland Emmerich has been very vocal in speaking out against homophobia and racism in the movie business. In 2006, the director gave $150,000 to The Legacy Project in support of gay and lesbian film preservation.

With the release of his new film Stonewall on September 25, Emmerich takes a step back from his usual summer blockbusters (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) and takes a heartfelt look into his community's past. Stonewall is a fictionalized retelling of the legendary Stonewall Riots, the period of a few nights in June 1969 when a collection of gay white men, lesbians, street hustlers, drag queens and transgender New Yorkers banded together to fight police oppression of LGBT people at a popular gay bar, launching the nationwide LGBT equality movement.

In recent weeks, after distributor Roadside Attractions released a two minute trailer, certain factions in the current LGBT community condemned the film, saying that it "whitewashes" history. At issue is the casting of Jeremy Irvine, a white cisgender actor, as Danny Winters, the film's fictional lead. Trans people of color, an integral part of the riots, have been omitted from the film, say critics. More than 25,000 people have signed a petition calling for a boycott of Stonewall.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Someone Stole the Drug Users Union's Barry McGee-Painted Sign

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The sign, in happier times. - GOOGLE
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  • The sign, in happier times.

Barry McGee
has achieved prominence. The South San Francisco native, educated at the San Francisco Art Institute and on the streets where he tagged and painted murals for most of the '90s, was the subject of a profile in The New Yorker last month (a touching piece that explored his relationship with his daughter and his former wife and collaborator Margaret Kilgallen, who died of cancer in 2001 shortly after the birth of their child).

McGee is also getting his street art — or what art of his that's left on the streets — stolen.

A simple green sign, advertising in stenciled text the location of the SF Drug Users' Union office on Turk Street in the Tenderloin, went missing a few weeks ago, union staffers tell SF Weekly.

The sign was a real McGee, staffers say, one of several McGee pieces in and around the small office space.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Did Target Rip Off an S.F. Muralist's Work?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 12:30 PM

  • Ali Wunderman

If you’ve ever opened your eyes while wandering through San Francisco, which is generally how most people choose to wander lest they walk into someone texting, then there’s no way you could miss one of local artist Zio Ziegler’s many intricate murals, which adorn buildings and walls throughout the city.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bay of the Living Dead: Ken Russell's The Devils Is Worth Going to Hell For

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) and Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave) in one of the Sister's bizarre and disturbing fantasies. - WARNER BROTHERS
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  • Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) and Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave) in one of the Sister's bizarre and disturbing fantasies.

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a twice-a-month column about the horror genre.

Ken Russell's The Devils has been the subject of enormous controversy since its initial release in 1971. Depending on who you ask, it was a film that shocked, offended, or mesmerized people, and more than 40 years later, the controversy still rages. Banned in many countries for a number of years, the film has recently begun to resurface at screenings in the U.K., Canada and the U.S., including restored footage that distributor Warner Brothers deemed unsuitable for viewing in those more innocent days of 1971. 

In 2008, The Devils was announced for release on DVD here at home only for the announcement to be rescinded the following day. Rarely screened, The Devils is available stateside primarily on bootleg DVDs. 

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Monday, June 8, 2015

After Art Show Cancellation, a Defiant Jeremy Novy Moves On

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Jonathan Curiel

One by one, people trickled into the salon called Every 6 Weeks and found Jeremy Novy's hand. They shook it with gusto and he shook it back and hugged them. "Congratulations," many of them said. For one night, the Castro salon became an art gallery, and it was just the way that Novy envisioned, with people drinking wine, rubbing shoulders with other art-goers, and taking in Novy's newest art series, Phone Sex = Safe Sex.

Except the June 5 opening was supposed to be a few blocks away, at Magnet, the prominent health-services facility that is also an art space. And the opening was supposed to be a prelude to a month-long exhibit that would mark a new triumph for Novy: A showing in the heart of the Castro, in a space run by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, that dovetailed with LGBT Pride Month.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rob Schneider Gets Real

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Rob Schneider - NEIL VISEL
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Actor-comedian Rob Schneider thinks that criticism of Native American stereotyping in The Ridiculous Six, the Adam-Sandler-for-Netflix-movie, in which the comedian co-stars, is, well...ridiculous. And he has choice words for anyone offended by any of the alcoholism jokes, women characters named "Beaver’s Breath" and "Sits-on-Face" and the Apache woman peeing outdoors while smoking a calumet. Not to mention the media who report these stories

"I think the media will make something out of nothing," he says. "The truth of the matter was, nobody walked off the set. Three people didn’t show up the next day. And I really would say to anyone who’s offended by the term "Wears No Bra" as Native American, you probably have other issues that are more important than being offended by that." Rob Schneider knows a thing or three about this sort of thing, having been accused of ethnic stereotyping, himself, in films 50 First Dates, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.  SF Weekly chatted with the San Francisco native about the oversensitivity epidemic; his hilarious, new semi-autobiographical show Real Rob; and what he will and won't do at his upcoming Punch Line Comedy Club dates.

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