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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: An Open Letter to Brian De Palma's Transphobic <i>Dressed to Kill</i>

New on Video: An Open Letter to Brian De Palma's Transphobic Dressed to Kill

Okay, Dressed to Kill. Let's talk. On a purely cinematic level, you're pretty brilliant, particularly in the context of director Brian De Palma's career up to that point. It's the second to last film in a string of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Len Deighton's Spy Novels Still Outsmart Fleming and le Carre After 50 Years in Print

Len Deighton's Spy Novels Still Outsmart Fleming and le Carre After 50 Years in Print

Len Deighton's Secret File series of spy novels continue to exert a palpable influence over spy and thriller fiction, even as we near the 50th anniversary of the first volume, The IPCRESS File, one of a group recently reprinted. As…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dismembering the Holidays

Dismembering the Holidays

For those overwhelmed by the omnipresent carolers, poinsettias, bedecked halls, and holiday wreaths, S.F. vagabond comic Will Franken would like to share his chainsaw with you. He’d also like to show you his Texas Chainsaw Yuletide, a delirious one-man show…
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Film, Film Feature

Murder, in Shades of Gray

Where can Batman and Boy A possibly converge? At the intersection of Michael Caine. The actor may be the hardest-working compulsive in show business, but he knows enough to put director John Crowley on hold when a Dark Knight calls.…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Three the Hard Way

Three the Hard Way

No Country for Old Men (Paramount) "A horror comedy chase" is how a grinning Tommy Lee Jones describes No Country for Old Men in the making-of — meanwhile, his fellow actors add to the list such adjectives as "a very…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Off Scot Free

Getting Off Scot Free

Having recently watched Saving Grace, we've had Craig Ferguson on the brain. Ferguson wrote and starred in the film, which concerns the fun to be had in combining sweet little old ladies and high-grade marijuana. Anyone who worked in theaters…
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Film, Scattered Dour

Scattered Dour

The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the spring, before its April release was pushed to October, ostensibly to allow for the off chance…
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Film, Candy Caine

Candy Caine

Writer-director Charles Shyer's Alfie is less a remake of the 1966 film that made Michael Caine a star than it is a retooling that softens the horrific blows struck by the original; it's sweeter, too, cotton candy spun from decades-old…
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Film, <i>Powers</i> Off

Powers Off

Not much has changed in the 11 years since Mike Myers used the Wayne's World movies as a personal launch pad, tipping his James Bond-spoofing Austin Powers hand only when he was strong enough box office to reap the rewards…
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Film, Sexual Reeling

Sexual Reeling

Assessing the merits of Quills, the lusty new feature by director Philip Kaufman (Henry & June), it's tempting to seek correlative characters from popular movies, to illustrate just how radical this business is not. In Kaufman's film -- affectionately constructed…
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Life Is Semisweet

Little Voice Written and directed by Mark Herman. Based on a play by Jim Cartwright. Starring Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, and Ewan McGregor. At the Embarcadero Center. British actress Jane Horrocks is thrice-gifted: She can act, she can…
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