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Calendar, Night&Day Rage Politely Against the Machine

Rage Politely Against the Machine

The frustrated, flummoxed characters in Japanese wunderkind Yuya Ishii’s semi-absurdist comedies are typically running from something. It might be the boring confines of small-town life for the neon allure of Tokyo, or the cruelty of the big city for the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Cigarettes. Books. Acerbic aphorisms. (The kind Jean-Paul Sartre and BFF Holden Caulfield would have folded into fortune cookies.) Those are the basic ingredients of Hal Hartley’s droll cinema of self-deprecating intellectualism and hipster sentimentality. If Hartley’s fondness for bohemian touchstones…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Trust Me

Trust Me

FRI 4/29 Joy Division, that bastion of post-punk somberness, penned some of my favorite morbid melodies. I can't help but be moved by singer Ian Curtis' ominous warbling of lyrics like "A house somewhere on foreign soil/ Where ageless lovers…
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American Nowhere

These are the kinds of people who show up in Hal Hartley films: a nun who writes pornography; a surly, amnesiac hit man; a gas-station attendant who plays Elizabethan ballads on his electric guitar and greets customers in French; a…
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Zoom Lens

Classically Independent Film Festival We're speedily approaching the day when "independent film" joins "military intelligence" and "industrial park" in the oxymoron pantheon. People's Exhibit 154: Paramount Classics (the latest indie-styled bandwagon hopper) announced last week that its very first film…
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Desperately Seeking Salvation

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. -- Ezekiel 25:17 (as quoted by Jules in Pulp Fiction) Intoxicated by the fall of the Berlin…
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Reel World

The Party Crashers After lo these many years of ale and grub swiping the spotlight from the movies on opening night, the San Francisco Inter-national Film Festival finally got it right. The preshow menu was limited to a festive but…
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