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Culture, The Exhibitionist 5 Movies That Inspired Movies

5 Movies That Inspired Movies

"I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years," George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. This week the Criterion Collection released a definitive edition of Kurosawa's film, along with…
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Calendar, Night&Day There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

If Quentin Tarantino turned his attention to the quiet unease of American suburbia, we imagine the results would be similar to You're Going to Bleed, a dark comedy by playwright Melissa Fall about modern malaise, sex, and revenge, which…
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Film, Film Feature How to Defend Tarantino: What Critics Miss

How to Defend Tarantino: What Critics Miss

Ah, here it is again: that special time we experience every two to six years when Quentin Tarantino makes a new movie, and people dig out the old "Tarantino just steals everything from such-and-such" arguments. You've heard them. Reservoir Dogs…
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Film, Feature The Year in Film: Quentin Tarantino Goes Big

The Year in Film: Quentin Tarantino Goes Big

Illustration by Justin Crutchley Quentin Tarantino has been Googling himself, and it's starting to become a problem. The filmmaker, whose eighth feature, Django Unchained, opened on Christmas Day, is famously an analog evangelist: He writes his scripts in longhand;…
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Film, "Django Unchained": A History of Violence

"Django Unchained": A History of Violence

Watching Django Unchained, it's easy to imagine that Quentin Tarantino had such a blast making his last picture, the ebullient Holocaust fantasia Inglourious Basterds, that he decided to take his whole blood-spattered historical tent show on the road, this time…
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Film, Feature The Year in Film: Top 10 Movies of 2012

The Year in Film: Top 10 Movies of 2012

More than ever, boiling this concluding year down to the 10 "best" movies feels both arbitrary and reductive. Ideally, I'd have 25 unnumbered slots. I'd cite another five, formally varied nonfiction films: Tchoupitoulas, Detropia, The Ambassador, Only the Young, and…
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Film, Feature The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

Part of the renascent body-count action industry, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning's mere existence might shock many Americans. "There are four Universal Soldier movies?" those shocked Americans would say. They might also be taken aback by the bracing violence that…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings Sept 5-11, 2012

Artists' Television Access. ATA OpenScreening: Come to screen and/or watch others' short films with refreshments. Thu., Sept. 6, 8 p.m. $5. Contemporary Visual Music: The screening explores the various facets of the "visual music" phenomenon. Fri., Sept. 7, 8 p.m.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chris’ Cross

Chris’ Cross

April saw one of the most bizarre indie-music placements yet. In an ad for the 2012 Honda Civic, a young girl in a superhero costume jumped into a car and raced away from pursuers to the sound of MC Chris'…
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News, The Snitch Fired Man Convicted of Torture After Beating Boss into Coma

Fired Man Convicted of Torture After Beating Boss into Coma

Hey, Quentin Tarantino, we have a plot for your next film. Roger Broyles was convicted in San Francisco Superior Court of torture last week for brutally beating his employer's chief financial officer when he told him he was fired. Why?…
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Calendar, Night&Day On Obsessions, Corinthians, and Parakeets

On Obsessions, Corinthians, and Parakeets

A four-hour film that zips by in a feverish dream, Sion Sono's ninja softcore art movie satire Love Exposure enlists viewers in its cult even as you're watching it. Which is odd, as among its accomplishments it mocks religion (Japanese…
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Film, "Love Exposure": Ninja Softcore Art Movie? Yes, Please

"Love Exposure": Ninja Softcore Art Movie? Yes, Please

A four-hour film that zips by in a feverish dream, Sion Sono's ninja softcore art movie satire enlists viewers in its cult even as you're watching it. Which is odd, as among its accomplishments it mocks religion (Japanese Catholicism, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown

Take Dickens (please). Would his work be more interesting, more accessible, more humorous (which is to say humorous at all) if its characters were, say, in a post-apocalyptic setting? Or how about on the American prairie? What if they were…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>

Inglourious Basterds

Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment—rich in fantasy and blithely amoral. It's also quintessential Tarantino—even more drenched in film references than gore. Tweaked after Cannes, Inglourious Basterds may still be a tad long…
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Film, Feature The Inglourious Year in Film

The Inglourious Year in Film

1/ The Hurt Locker The decade's strongest Iraq movie is also the year's finest action flick, not to mention director Kathryn Bigelow's personal best. Working from Mark Boal's knowledgeable script, The Hurt Locker is impressively old-school in its construction of…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>

Inglourious Basterds

Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment—rich in fantasy and blithely amoral. It's also quintessential Tarantino—even more drenched in film references than gore. Tweaked after Cannes, Inglourious Basterds may still be a tad long…
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Film, In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>

In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in Inglourious Basterds

Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment — rich in fantasy and blithely amoral. It's also quintessential Tarantino — even more drenched in film references than gore. Tepidly received in Cannes and thereafter tweaked,…
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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse movie listings for July 29-August 4, 2009

Arthouse movie listings for July 29-August 4, 2009

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. The Time of Space/The Space of Time: The Free Form Film Festival presents experimental works. Thu., July 30, 8 p.m. $6. "'60s Free Jazz Revolt!!": Music-based film. Fri., July 31, 8…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Stuff of the Warrior

The Stuff of the Warrior

Usually, when we encounter the samurai in works of art, we are watching something by Akira Kurosawa, Quentin Tarantino, or George Lucas (just scratch Star Wars a bit), and consequently there is a lot of clanging blades and screaming bloody…
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Calendar, Night&Day On the QT

On the QT

Once hailed as the Great White Hope of American movies, Quentin Tarantino instead turned out to be the King of the "B"s. It's now clear that Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction weren't the work of a wunderkind so much as…
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