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Culture, The Exhibitionist Pie Fights and Trapeze Lust at the SF Silent Film Festival

Pie Fights and Trapeze Lust at the SF Silent Film Festival

Take a break from the Bernie vs. Hillary battle and step back in time 100 years, to an era when the idea of a woman governor, much less a woman president, was the subject of futuristic fiction.  Just in time…
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Film, Thanks to the magic of 3-D CGI, Peter Jackson makes a one-dimensional <i>Lovely Bones</i>

Thanks to the magic of 3-D CGI, Peter Jackson makes a one-dimensional Lovely Bones

A one-film cabinet of curiosities, The Lovely Bones turns the most successful CGI director of the '00s loose on one of the decade's prime literary phenomena. Cults collide as Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson tackles Alice Sebold's bestselling New…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ink-Stained Wretches

Ink-Stained Wretches

The quintessential film noir character is a desperate, luckless lug whose every clever move to escape his self-inflicted predicament only adds another nail to his coffin. Sounds a lot like newspapers circa 2009, doesn’t it? It does to noir chieftain…
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Film, Leashed Lightning

Leashed Lightning

With his blazing white coat and pig-pink ears, to say nothing of the zigzag of lightning cut into his flank, the eponymous canine lead of Disney's lively new animated movie, Bolt, looks a little bit real and a whole lot…
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Art House

Artists' Television Access. OpenScreening: "Against Interpretation": Local abstract film and video. Thu., May 15, 8 p.m. $5. Other Cinema's Blobsquatch: Jason Jones' Son of Sasquatch, noteNdo's live Nintendo hacking, Jesse England's VCR-wrangling, and much more weirdness. Sat., May 17, 8…
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Film, Color Bland

Color Bland

There is nothing about Sky Blue that hasn't been done before, yet it all looks like nothing you've ever seen. It's a wondrous sight, this hybrid of computer-generated animation, conventional two-dimensional cell animation, and filmed sequences. But it's ponderous to…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Paranoid Prophecies

Fritz Lang's timing, as always, is impeccable. As the world trembles with a trepidation not approached since the Cuban Missile Crisis, the late German director's tales of unseen, orchestrated evil and looming fascism return to the Pacific Film Archive. Ever…
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Calendar, Night&Day A.I.: Artistic Intelligence

A.I.: Artistic Intelligence

SFMOMA's digital art exhibition "010101" may offer an inkling of what high-profile artists will create given a wad of cash and the techie means, but New Langton Arts' "LifeLike" ups the ante. The exhibition brings together 10 visual artists to…
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Film, Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

Noises OffIf you've grown weary of having your senses blasted by special effects and Dolby digital, Alloy Orchestra offers a refresher course in the purity of sound and image. In the last decade, the three-man, post-rock, post-industrial percussion ensemble has…
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Cool World

xyz 181 Third St. (at Howard), 817-7836. Open daily: breakfast 6:30 to10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Parking: manageable ($10 valet parking available after 6 p.m.). Muni: 12, 15, 30, 45, 76. Noise…
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Second Time Around

The Architecture of the Future Nimble film viewers this week have a chance to re-see two of cinema's finest speculations on the urban architecture of the future. Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1926) screens this Thursday and Friday at Grace Cathedral, with…
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Second Time Around

You and Me The humor in Fritz Lang's films is the sarcasm of the damned -- as Gloria Grahame's scarred moll puts it in The Big Heat, she can always "go through life sideways." Yet the monocled fatalist concealed a…
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Darkness Visible

The continuous, nagging presence of film noir on the cultural landscape since the 1940s can't be explained by mere nostalgia; otherwise we'd be seeing regular retrospectives of other hoary genres like musicals and westerns, and modern directors would be looking…
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Second Time Around

M This meticulously restored print of Fritz Lang's classic contains six minutes or so of hitherto lost material that adds atmosphere and nuance to this supreme thriller. Peter Lorre, an oozy little piglet, typed himself for life as a whimpering…
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The Shock of the Past

Film festival audiences are primed for rejoicing from the moment they take their seats. When they mind-lock with a movie actually worth rejoicing in, the effect can be electric and revitalizing. In my festival experience, forgotten pleasures (not brand-new ones)…
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