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Film, "Particle Fever": A Search for What Really Matters

"Particle Fever": A Search for What Really Matters

Following a handful of the thousands of scientists who worked on the Large Hadron Collider, the fact that Mark Levinson's engrossing Particle Fever was edited by the great Walter Murch gives it a better pedigree than most documentaries. The "fever"…
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Documentaries A flip through the program guide tells the story. The documentaries on view at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival are more exciting than the fiction films. That's just how things are in the 21st century — fiction…
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Film, Playing God

Playing God

In the 10 years since the release of the documentary Hearts of Darkness, we've been taught to revere the legend of Francis Ford Coppola walking the line between madness and disaster to bring us a masterpiece. But let's also admit…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Our Man Flint A recent throwaway line in this space referring to "phantom" S.F. Film Commission Executive Director P.J. Johnston prompted dissenting missives from a veritable squadron of local film industry pros. Veteran location manager Lampton Enochs, who worked on…
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Wired for Sound

Wired for SoundSound designers lament that, often, sound in a film is an afterthought. As a result, those who practice the craft of sound design find themselves in the shadow of those showy visual-effects guys, who get all the press…
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Retouching Evil

A pungent, ardent yearning permeated the big theater at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch one balmy evening in July. It felt like artistic homesickness. Walter Murch -- the renowned film editor and sound designer -- was making an audacious presentation to…
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Killer's Choice

The Godfather Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Written by Coppola and Mario Puzo, from Puzo's novel. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Richard Castellano, Sterling Hayden, and John Cazale. At the Castro, March 20-27. I…
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SF Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Bay Area Filmgoing

I go to movies hoping for the kind of excitement that can tune up a person's entire mental and emotional system. One of the few times I got it in recent years came after a screening at the Galaxy of…
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