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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: International Ennui in <i>Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter</i>

New on Video: International Ennui in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

We're only halfway through the year, and while Inside Out and Clouds of Sils Maria have given it a run for its money, Davida and Nathan Zellner's Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter remains my favorite movie of 2015. It's…
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Film, "Thin Ice": Comedy Crumbles Despite Notable Cast

"Thin Ice": Comedy Crumbles Despite Notable Cast

Working the long con and damn near getting away with it, this kissing cousin to Fargo, Cedar Rapids, and last year's Win Win makes for a surprisingly entertaining and nonderivative February time-passer, its wretched mid-winter Wisconsin setting notwithstanding. (Minnesota subs…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Falls in Rankings to Nation's 22nd Drunkest City

San Francisco Falls in Rankings to Nation's 22nd Drunkest City

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story erroneously presented 2010's Daily Beast rankings, in which San Francisco was America's 3rd drunkest city, as the 2011 rankings. As is apparent in the comments section of this blog post, the links on…
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News, The Snitch Breaking News -- Bonds' beneficent visitor apparently a wild 'n crazy former soccer star

Breaking News -- Bonds' beneficent visitor apparently a wild 'n crazy former soccer star

Andrew Clapp, the barefoot gent who blithely strolled out to left field during Friday night's Giants game to offer an in-game wazzup to Barry Bonds may have been conversing about the pressures of organized athletics. It strongly appears that Clapp,…
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Film, Finding a Way

Finding a Way

The Czech drama Zelary brings to mind Bertolt Brecht's pointed observation that "war is like love; it always finds a way." In this instance, war creates the atmosphere in which an unlikely love flourishes, then overwhelms that love. Only a…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Embrace the Dude

Embrace the Dude

SAT 9/25 The Big Lebowski opened in 1998 to mixed reviews and a so-so box office. Fresh off the smash success of their breakthrough 1996 movie Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen had raised critics' expectations for yet another dark, demented…
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Tex-Mex

The main character in John Sayles' new Lone Star is Texas itself, a place whose huge and difficult history echoes even in its small towns. The movie's main theme is the evanescent boundary between past and present, neither of which…
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Cold Blood

There's something almost farcical about Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie about a series of murders in wintry, rural Brainerd, Minn. (The brothers' collaborative screenplay adapts a true story; Joel directed.) The characters are virtually all plain folk of…
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