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Calendar, Night&Day The Art Is Deceitful Above All Things

The Art Is Deceitful Above All Things

While it was overshadowed on a national level by the concurrent Oprah Winfrey/James Frey literary scandal, the 2005 revelation that author J.T. LeRoy was a wholly fictitious creation of a writer named Laura Albert hit San Francisco like a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tiramisu for Two

Tiramisu for Two

The list of female auteurs who also perform in their own films is regrettably short: Agnes Jaoui, Asia Argento, Julie Delpy, and Lena Dunham are the rare actress-writer-directors that come to mind. Now we can add the elegant Italian star…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Threesomes at the Toronto Film Festival: James Franco + Vanessa Hudgens + Ashley Benson vs. Asia Argento + Charlotte Gainsbourg + François Cluzet

This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa…
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Calendar, Night&Day Misfit Medleys

Misfit Medleys

Slap a title like “Freaks, Punks, Skanks, and Cranks” on a film series, and it can mean only one thing: Fun for the whole family. “San Francisco Punks and Beyond” (Feb. 18 at 6, 8, and 10 p.m.) hot-wires the…
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Film, Costume Ball

Costume Ball

Catherine Breillat hitches her wagon to the hottest of European stars, Asia Argento, in a highly entertaining adaptation of French dandy Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly's mid-19th-century novel Une vieille maîtresse — once notorious for its treatment of a young libertine's erotic…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Last Mistress</i>

The Last Mistress

Catherine Breillat hitches her wagon to the hottest of European stars, Asia Argento, in a highly entertaining adaptation of Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly’s mid-19th-century novel Une vieille maîtresse—once notorious for its treatment of a young libertine’s erotic obsession with a homely…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Mother of Tears</i>

The Mother of Tears

Smashed heads! Smashed faces! A woman disemboweled and hanged with her own guts! Vaginal impalement with, er, a snap-together vagina impaler! Already a vocal cult calls the long-awaited, long-deferred final film in Dario Argento’s “Three Mothers” trilogy some kind of…
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Film, One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother

A topsy-turvy Escherland exists where Dario Argento's The Mother of Tears is considered a twisted classic, and it is a magical place. Up is down, sour is sweet, sewer rat tastes like pumpkin pie, and Hitchcock never made a more…
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News, Feature Movie Marathon

Movie Marathon

There are probably as many ways of approaching the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival — which will unspool (as Variety would have it) from April 24 to May 8 — as there are filmgoers to attend it. The hard-core…
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News, Feature Asia Rising

Asia Rising

Audiences at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival might have been less surprised by a glimpse of Asia Argento's anus — the sole body part she has yet to bare onscreen — than by the revelation that somehow, somewhere, she had…
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Palm d'Hoberman

Cannes, France — Sometimes the competition is actually competitive. No one disputes that the official section at the 60th Cannes Film Festival has been the strongest in recent memory. The heavy favorites are the Coen brothers' No Country for Old…
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Film, My Mother the Fraud

My Mother the Fraud

Such is the currency of lies these days that "based on an untrue story" might well be a shrewd tag line, if an unusually honest one. Still, the recent discovery that teen prostitute-turned-hard-core memoirist JT LeRoy is merely the fanciful…
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