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    Film, Dorkula

    Dorkula

    They walk among us. They resemble people, approximate our words and actions, present themselves more or less as human. And yet they are more -- a different species, with their own dark legends, their own clandestine meeting places. They are…
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    Film, Diva Down

    Diva Down

    "I know why I hate integrity," moans Jeremy Irons late in Callas Forever. "It's great for the person who has it; it's pure hell for those around it." Indeed. As tacky, ponytailed impresario Larry Kelly, Irons makes for one seriously…
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    Film, Call Him Al

    Call Him Al

    If you've ever gone line-dancing with a gaggle of amputees on crank and hallucinogens, you know something of the feeling engendered by viewing Alexander. This broad, bold, and ambitious film by Oliver Stone presents itself as a fairly straightforward endeavor,…
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    Film, Peter Panache

    Peter Panache

    Oh, that Johnny Depp. Played in some dime-a-dozen rock bands, did some average television, made a few cutesy little movies. Whatever. Yeah, he messes with his looks in a fun way sometimes, but otherwise he merely rides that nicotine-sunken-cheeks thing…
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    Film, Attack of the Clones

    Attack of the Clones

    The Grudge bears the imprimatur of Sam Raimi, but alas, neither his sense of fun nor his smarts. The wunderkind director behind the Spider-Man and Evil Dead franchises has followed in the path of Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver with…
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    Film, Gender Pretender

    Gender Pretender

    Let's just get the term out of the way up front. The term is "fag hag" -- and a thousand pardons, sensitive readers, but there is no PC equivalent. This new film, Stage Beauty, is an absolute fag-hag fiesta. Beneath…
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    Film, Picture Imperfect

    Picture Imperfect

    Outside Tinseltown, not everyone may be aware of the Hollywood Forever cemetery, which specializes in memorializing lives via a process the franchise owners call "LifeStories." The century-old former Hollywood Memorial Park, retooled for the new millennium, presents carefully edited video…
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    Film, The Importance of Being Ernesto

    The Importance of Being Ernesto

    Revolutionary idolatry is an odd business. Just ask unruly pop singer Stew, of the unruly pop group the Negro Problem. On his Naked Dutch Painter album, the melodic rebel dares to challenge a very sacred image. "Don't you wish there…
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    Film, Fight the Power

    Fight the Power

    From way over here in the West, it's kind of difficult to discern what the Siamese (since 1939, the Thai) people did to piss off their Burmese neighbors so royally, but over generations their epic clashes have become the stuff…
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    Film, Rebel, Rebel

    Rebel, Rebel

    It's the 10th anniversary of John Duigan's smart, sensual, and superb movie Sirens, and I'm reflecting on the comment of a female friend when I asked her how she liked it. At the time, in American pop culture, we were…
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    Film, Days of Future Passed

    Days of Future Passed

    Fortune smiles on groovy egregiousness. In the case of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the filmmaker's investment in his weird visions is wildly unorthodox, but the payoff is oddly satisfying. The movie features myriad killer robots, raucous underwater…
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    Film, <i>Vile</i> With a Smile

    Vile With a Smile

    Essayist. Playwright. Radio personality. Librettist. Actor. Novelist. Now, with Bright Young Things, the inimitable British wit Stephen Fry debuts as feature screenwriter and director. Best known here in the Colonies either as Jeeves (opposite Hugh Laurie) in Jeeves and Wooster,…
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    Film, The Phantom Menace

    The Phantom Menace

    You're not very likely to hear this critic utter the phrases "American remake" and "good idea" in the same breath. Godzilla, anyone? La Femme Nikita bastardized into Point of No Return? The Ladykillers? Just say no! Yet when Hidayo Nakata's…
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    Film, Gallo's Pole

    Gallo's Pole

    Rare is the film that caters to fans of rabbits, motorcycles, Gordon Lightfoot, and fellatio, but now, thanks entirely to Vincent Gallo, we've got that demographic nailed. With The Brown Bunny, the cinematic enfant terrible who gave us the awful…
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    Film, The Passion of the Goy

    The Passion of the Goy

    Part soap opera, part history lesson, part vital, and a little tedious, veteran director Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse illustrates an important standoff in World War II Berlin framed by -- and sometimes diluted by -- an unwieldy present-day scenario. It's…
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    Film, Jet Propelled

    Jet Propelled

    There's a new movie called Hero. Don't confuse it with that dusty Dustin Hoffman vehicle, nor with the epic Bollywood musical/espionage extravaganza Hero: Love Story of a Spy (though that's worth a mind-altering look if you can find it). America…
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    Film, Screenplay <i>Zero</i>

    Screenplay Zero

    You know how fear is scary? Well, director E. Elias Merhige is into that, especially in his new serial-killer thriller Suspect Zero. Absent, however, is the dark-comic malevolence the director smartly cultivated in his successful and disquieting Shadow of the…
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    Film, Live Baby Live

    Live Baby Live

    Some of the people who helped bring you dank, morose amusements such as The Crow, Dark City, and The Matrix have a new movie to offer. Like The Matrix, it features a dork who flies through the air. As in…
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    Film, Future Shock

    Future Shock

    The future is almost here. At least, it is according to screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pandaemonium) and director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People), two cinematic visionaries whose combined vision in Code 46 sparks tremendous intrigue -- and unrest. At…
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    Film, Deck Heads

    Deck Heads

    Most boys seem to tumble down the assembly line with their main switch factory-preset to Aggression. Toys are for throwing, Army men are for melting, and eventually grown males consider punching each other senseless and hurling deadly bombs to be…
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    Film, His Guy Friday

    His Guy Friday

    There is a phrase bandied about that other film industry -- "gay for pay" -- that means exactly what it says. The queer thing is, this switch-hitting work ethic obviously applies to the "straight" industry as well, since actors not…
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    Film, Banzai Beat

    Banzai Beat

    Say hello to a pop cinema masterpiece. This new Japanese import opens with a massive thud not unlike Godzilla's footfall, and its cinematic legacy stretches back almost as far. It's got crafty samurai action, hilarious bits of business, insightful observations…
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    Film, Meow Mixed

    Meow Mixed

    Without risking much critical credibility, it can be said that Catwoman succeeds on its own feline terms. Much like a cat, the movie is a superfluous gob of fluff with an attitude ranging from idiotic to nasty. It's a sleek…
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    Film, Hello, Oblivion

    Hello, Oblivion

    Consider a world in which morality and legality have been replaced by frontier-style justice and freakish despotism. In which dwindling resources and a diseased environment summon the most callow and petty aspects of human nature. In which confused urbanites join…
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    Film, King Artless

    King Artless

    Behold what is, in theory, the thinking person's ideal summer blockbuster. King Arthur features some of the planet's most beautiful people, dressed way sexily, gallantly galloping and bashing each other with all manner of implements amid lush vistas and robustly…
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    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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