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Film, "Stand-Up Guys": Walken and Pacino's Excellent Chemistry

"Stand-Up Guys": Walken and Pacino's Excellent Chemistry

Right out of the gate (dig that opening title font!), it's clear that director Fisher Stevens wants Stand Up Guys to evoke crime films of the 1970s, particularly the "aging hoods contemplate their mortality" genre exemplified by The Friends of…
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Film, "A Late Quartet": More of a Minor Lift

"A Late Quartet": More of a Minor Lift

Woody Allen has been known to suggest that, in directing a good movie, much of the battle lies in casting. Were that entirely true, the Philip Seymour Hoffman- , Catherine Keener- , and Christopher Walken-starring A Late Quartet would be…
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Film, "Seven Psychopaths": A Great, Nasty Time at the Movies

"Seven Psychopaths": A Great, Nasty Time at the Movies

Perhaps you've lost faith in movies about amusingly digressive criminals. Maybe you believe it's no longer possible to be pleasurably jolted by inventive swearing, from-no-place head shots, and post-everything structural flourishes. Certainly you have no reason to expect blood-splattered poetry…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stalking Christopher Walken

Stalking Christopher Walken

The 2012 S.F. Fringe Festival is kicking into gear, and no fewer than 29 of its 40 shows are playing today. This afternoon you can catch magician-storyteller Michael Belitsos’ solo show The Movies of My Mind, which includes a tasty…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ride ‘Em All Around the Old Corral

Ride ‘Em All Around the Old Corral

Todd Solondz’s human comedies are so dark, and so filled with awkward and humiliating behavior, that it’s sometimes hard to see the humor. (The great satirist Luis Bunuel, in contrast, made it easier for audiences to laugh by outfitting his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snakes on a Plane, Etc.

Snakes on a Plane, Etc.

Last Spring, the screams began, issuing from the playgrounds, the Whole Foods, the preschool drop-off curbs: Someone wrote something called Go the F**k to Sleep. “I should have thought of that! Why didn’t I think of that? Why didn’t you…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drag It Up

Drag It Up

Playwright and performer Sean Owens knows theatrical camp. We think it's safe to say he is theatrical camp. He created and acted out the role of a randy seafarer called Black Dick in Naught but Pirate. He was one of…
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Music, BeatBox NAPT: Show Preview

NAPT: Show Preview

The London-based production and remix team NAPT (Tomek Naden and Ashley Pope) is perhaps best known for last year's "Make My Day," a remake of Technotronic's 1989 dance hit "Pump Up the Jam," as well as "Gotta Have More Cowbell,"…
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Music, All Shook Down Seven Spoken Word Recordings We'd Like To Hear In Godspeed You! Black Emperor's New Live Set

Seven Spoken Word Recordings We'd Like To Hear In Godspeed You! Black Emperor's New Live Set

2010: Where's Google in all this?​We've recently learned, to paroxysms of geekish glee, that Montreal post-rock godfathers Godspeed You! Black Emperor are dusting off their delay pedals and violin bows for one last big score in 2011. After a brisk…
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News, Sucka Free City Demands that may have slowed BART-union negotiations

Demands that may have slowed BART-union negotiations

After several months of negotiations, BART and its unions finally reached a tentative agreement last week to avoid a crippling transit strike. Here are some of the unions' demands that slowed down con-tract talks. • All trains slow down at…
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Calendar, Night&Day More Cowbell

More Cowbell

Years ago, someone said a word, perhaps the word "Wow," that changed everything, because it was the first Christopher Walken impression. We don't know who this person was, or if it was any good. Probably it was bad. But bad…
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Calendar, Night&Day Walken with Rhythm

Walken with Rhythm

Voilà, a show that couldn't possibly be bad: All About Walken: The Impersonators of Christopher Walken. No way to mess that one up. YouTube commenters on the Walken-starring Fatboy Slim "Weapon of Choice" video describe him best: Walken "+ anything…
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Culture, Stagecap

Killing My Lobster new show doesn't kill

San Francisco's flagship comedy troupe is back with a new show, new actors, and a different performance space. This edition's theme is "time," and the sketches bounce boldly among different historical periods and characters, including turkey-hunting Pilgrims, '60s acid trippers,…
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Calendar, Night&Day King Kang

King Kang

Los Angeles neo-noir meets multiformat video grit with varying success in Chris Chan Lee's sophomore effort Undoing. The film stars Sung Kang (Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) as Sam, returning from a year-long sojourn in…
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Film, Test My Balls of Fury

Test My Balls of Fury

1. Balls of Fury is a movie about: a. A former table tennis prodigy (Dan Fogler as Randy Daytona) enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate the underground ping-pong tournament of a legendary Chinese criminal (Christopher Walken). b. Suppository jokes. c.…
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Film, Pause & Effect

Pause & Effect

Click may be the first Adam Sandler movie in which the high concept isn't dependent upon the star. Sandler comedies tend to take his standard character of the petulant man-child with anger-management issues, and place him in different wacky situations:…
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Film, Always a Bridesmaid

Always a Bridesmaid

If Vince Vaughn puts any effort into what he's doing, it doesn't show, which is perhaps one of the benefits of always appearing to be hung-over. The man probably has to check the bags under his eyes at the airport,…
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Film, The Dead Clone

The Dead Clone

It's hard, perhaps impossible, to watch a character in a movie grasp someone's hands to receive psychic visions without thinking of Christopher Walken's Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone, a signature role that Walken has since spoofed on several occasions.…
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The Lying Game

Suicide Kings Directed by Peter O'Fallon. Written by Josh McKinney, Gina Goldman, and Wayne Rice. Starring Christopher Walken, Jay Mohr, Henry Thomas, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jeremy Sisto, and Johnny Galecki. Opens Friday, April 17, at the Galaxy in S.F., the…
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Women Under the Influence

She's So Lovely Directed by Nick Cassavetes. Screenplay by John Cassavetes. Starring Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta, Harry Dean Stanton, and Gena Rowlands. At area theaters. Excess Baggage Directed by Marco Brambilla. Screenplay by Max D. Adams, and…
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