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Calendar, Night&Day Live From France

Live From France

Hyperbolists will have a field day applying heightened language to Saturday's event at the Roxie, but the simple fact is that, for San Francisco cineastes, this represents a once-in-a-generation kind of event. Under the threat of arrest and imprisonment in…
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Film, Dust to Dust

Dust to Dust

John Fante's novel Ask the Dust, published in 1939 and all but forgotten till its 1980 reissue with a Charles Bukowski foreword, is very much a work of thinly veiled autobiography; only the names have been changed to protect the…
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Film, <i>M:I-2</i> Gets the Job Done

M:I-2 Gets the Job Done

Early on in Mission: Impossible 2 (or M:I-2, as the confident Paramount now calls it), hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) complains to his boss about his new assignment: "It's going to be difficult." "It's not mission difficult, Mr. Hunt," the…
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Eight Isn't Enough

Silver lining or slender thread? That question nags at me as I go over my best-of-the-year list. There were some terrific movies in 1998 -- eight, according to my count. But the average film keeps on getting worse. If movies…
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News, Feature

From Chinatown to Niketown

In 1974 Robert Towne was seething about the lot of his script for Chinatown, now considered his most famous work. Released that same year, the screenplay won an Oscar for Towne. When I interviewed him at the time, he was…
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