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    Film, Sour <i>Hours</i>

    Sour Hours

    It all begins with the word. "I believe I may have a first sentence," murmurs Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman, yes really) to her husband, Leonard (Stephen Dillane), commencing labor on the author's fourth novel, Mrs. Dalloway. The year is 1921,…
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    Film, Orc Chops

    Orc Chops

    Fantasy is at its best when it ennobles our reality, and in this year's cinema no fantasy towers above The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The second installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's dark and delightful yarn is here adapted…
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    Film, Sorrow's Child

    Sorrow's Child

    Being of the minority who did not worship Schindler's List (vital message, tedious movie), it's easy to feel skeptical of the preachy delivery of Ararat, which concerns not the Jewish holocaust but the Armenian one, its genocidal forebear of 1915-1918.…
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    Film, Like Father, Like Hell

    Like Father, Like Hell

    Christ is sexy. There, got your attention. But honestly, think about it: nice guy, pretty hair, carpentry skills, puts loaves (and fishes) on the table. Plus all that doing miracles and rising from the dead and being the Son of…
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    Film, Queen of Pain

    Queen of Pain

    With Frida -- the story of profoundly passionate and uncompromising Mexican-Jewish painter Frida Kahlo -- it's evident that a few folks in marketing know how to work the demographics (it'll be extremely PC, possibly mandatory, to gush in adoration of…
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    Film, To Die For

    To Die For

    Death is too often taken literally, and this unfortunate perspective is sustained by much cinema, despite the medium's dubious kiss of immortality. There's easy drama in tragedy and grisly ends, but rarely do moviemakers successfully deliver symbolic death, the subtly…
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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, Dragon Ballsy

    Dragon Ballsy

    For centuries, Western philosophies have interpreted the dragon as a symbol of explosive violence -- there's a notion that the basilisk is always bad, born to be slain -- and, frankly, that's rather one-sided. There's a wide spectrum between Sirrush…
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    Film, Sex and the Special Bus

    Sex and the Special Bus

    If there's any truth to reincarnation, the spirit of Napoleon may walk among us today. It's not unreasonable to conjecture that he has taken up residence in Bill Gates or Joel Silver, but -- perhaps more likely -- the little…
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    Film, The Emperor Strikes Out

    The Emperor Strikes Out

    There are a few dubious claims impacting upon the popular perception of the life and death of Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite the legend, he wasn't -- at 5 feet 6 inches -- particularly short. He was also more than just the…
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    Film, Cosmic


    The first generation to be labeled with a letter suffered through some serious metaphysical shit in the '90s, but now it's seeking remedies for its own pop-culture depression. Evidence of a renewed hope abounds, from evolved Charlie's Angels to female…
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    Film, Asking for It

    Asking for It

    If they teach the work of Todd Solondz someday, assuming he's not already in the curriculum somewhere, the lectures are bound to be rather short. To grasp the material without actually attending, just bone up on a little bargain-basement Freud,…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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