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Film, Film Feature Applying the Twisted Logic of Room 237 to Everything

Applying the Twisted Logic of Room 237 to Everything

Saving Mr. Banks Predicts a New Ice Age Early into the film Saving Mr. Banks, we see that Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers owns a book called The Teachings of Gurdjieff. In real life, Travers was indeed a devotee of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Head to Oakland -- Cartoonist Daniel Clowes Launches His First Museum Exhibition

Head to Oakland -- Cartoonist Daniel Clowes Launches His First Museum Exhibition

"Up until four or five years ago, I still thought of myself as a Midwesterner," says Daniel Clowes, who has called Oakland home for two decades. "I'd close my eyes and see water towers and Chicago at night. And then…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Low Road

The Low Road

It took filmmaker Terry Zwigoff nine years to make the documentary Crumb, about the underground comic artist of the same name. Zwigoff was broke, suffering chronic back pain so bad it made him contemplate suicide, unable to get investors interested…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Comics Giants (and Ex-Neighbors) Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine to Reunite at APE

Comics Giants (and Ex-Neighbors) Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine to Reunite at APE

It was an unlikely scenario. If it showed up in fiction, it would appear contrived. In the early 1990s, as grunge and ska and thrift store shopping distracted a generation, two people at the top of their chosen field (in…
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Culture, Bookcap

Some Books to Read Now

Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Résumé Ages 0-22 (Harper, $16) By: MariNaomi Published: March Of interest because: Fearless, funny, tender, unsparing cartoon memoirs, people. S.F.'s own MariNaomi shows us how it's done. Gist: Sex. Drugs. Feelings. Autobiographical comics thereof. Sample…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gorilla My Dreams

Gorilla My Dreams

One great thing about this year’s Alternative Press Expo is that Lynda Barry is among its special guests. That’s great because Barry, an alt-comics doyenne, is herself just plain great. Also because the acronym for the Alternative Press Expo, which…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for October 22-28

Artists' Television Access. "16mm Psychodrama & Mythological Dreamscapes of Sound": Live music and animations, all influenced by ritual and myth. Wed., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. Political Advertisement VII (1952-2008): A look at campaign television by Antoni Muntadas and Marshall…
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Film, Inside the Lines

Inside the Lines

Art School Confidential is much like every movie pilfered from the Saturday Night Live playbook, in which the slight giggles of a four-minute sketch are wrung into two-hour yawns. The work upon which it's based is a four-page excerpt from…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Marshaling the Troupes

Marshaling the Troupes

SUN 6/26 Which of these options for your post-Pride Parade brouhaha sounds better: getting caught in an alley with a group of bridge-and-tunnel revelers from Orinda coming down off of their Ecstasy highs; or sitting poolside at the Bambuddha Lounge…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Unknown Local Cartoonist

Maybe it's because he's originally from Ontario, Canada, but Graham Annable draws cartoons that lack the cynical, biting tone of many other Bay Area comics. Annable's collections, Grickle and Further Grickle (published by Alternative Comics), don't feature ennui-ridden art-school…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Local Cartoonist in Need of His Own Animated Show

Following the triumphant release of last year's Ghost World film, Dan Clowes became the cartoonist with the highest profile in the Bay Area -- even besting that of R. Crumb, who still casts a lengthy shadow from his current home…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

A Christmas Story Here's a match made in heaven: The Coen brothers have tapped Terry Zwigoff to direct a dark comedy for their production company, KL Line. "I'm doing a polish on this script that they co-wrote from their idea,"…
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Music, Various Artists

Various Artists

Several years back -- around the time of John Hughes and Flashdance -- soundtrack albums lost their link to the movies they accompanied, becoming simple marketing tools for major labels with one-hit wonders to slog. Contemporary soundtracks are now so…
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Film, The Bitch  of Kitsch

The Bitch of Kitsch

Cuddly outsider No. 63178D, please step forward. Tell us, girl, what ought we to call you? Edwina Scissorhands? That's one reaction a viewer may take away from Thora Birch's power-moping in Ghost World, the new collaboration between director Terry Zwigoff…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Starship Troopers As a child actor in New York (he played Mr. Whipple's stock boy) whose dad did a lot of animation for Sesame Street, Adam Savage got a varied show-biz education. "I learned from my father that it was…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Underrecognized Cartoonist

The Bay Area has a long history of underground cartoonists, from '60s freaks like R. Crumb and S. Clay Wilson to '80s "second wave" artists like Dori Seda and Dan Clowes to current wonderkids Adrian Tomine and Ariel Schrag. Before…
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