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News, Feature Crushed for the Very First Time: One Man Had to Break the Rules to Destroy the Golden Gate Bridge

Crushed for the Very First Time: One Man Had to Break the Rules to Destroy the Golden Gate Bridge

Hey, that's us! The earliest images from Gareth Edwards' Godzilla — which opens next week — show the big lizard looming over our skyline, with the Transamerica Building especially prominent and vulnerable. While San Francisco often makes it into monster-destruction…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cosmic Ray

Cosmic Ray

The Achilles heel of computer-generated visual effects, once you get past the initial ooh-aah of watching a 50-story tidal wave crest over Los Angeles, is the inability to discern a human hand behind the marvel. There’s no funkiness, no soul,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Herky-Jerky

The Herky-Jerky

It's hard to believe that the epic battle in Ray Harryhausen's Jason and the Argonauts has only seven skeletons. That inhuman maelstrom of bony fingers and clacking teeth is one of the lasting impressions, a classic, of frame-by-frame model animation.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Legendary


When I was young my family lived across from an elementary school, and on certain summer nights my older brother would lead me by the hand over to a cafeteria still redolent with the fragrance of school-lunch hamburgers, where we'd…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

You may not recognize him by name, but any child born between 1950 and 1980 will recognize the work of Ray Harryhausen. It was his low-budget stop-motion techniques that gave movies like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Cinemaniacs


ONGOING San Francisco has a movie theater for just about any kind of celluloid experience: hip, upscale, bargain-basement, and corporate. But despite our plethora of film houses, we don't have anything like the Rafael Film Center. Its location in the…
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Film, Deranged in the Mesozoic

Deranged in the Mesozoic

Dinosaurs used to be cool. In 1969, if you had asked me what was the best movie ever made, the answer would likely have been The Valley of Gwangi, in which a group of cowboys in the Mexican desert find…
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