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    Calendar, Night&Day Rage Politely Against the Machine

    Rage Politely Against the Machine

    The frustrated, flummoxed characters in Japanese wunderkind Yuya Ishii’s semi-absurdist comedies are typically running from something. It might be the boring confines of small-town life for the neon allure of Tokyo, or the cruelty of the big city for the…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

    Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

    Cigarettes. Books. Acerbic aphorisms. (The kind Jean-Paul Sartre and BFF Holden Caulfield would have folded into fortune cookies.) Those are the basic ingredients of Hal Hartley’s droll cinema of self-deprecating intellectualism and hipster sentimentality. If Hartley’s fondness for bohemian touchstones…
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    Calendar, See/Be Seen Trust Me

    Trust Me

    FRI 4/29 Joy Division, that bastion of post-punk somberness, penned some of my favorite morbid melodies. I can't help but be moved by singer Ian Curtis' ominous warbling of lyrics like "A house somewhere on foreign soil/ Where ageless lovers…
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    American Nowhere

    These are the kinds of people who show up in Hal Hartley films: a nun who writes pornography; a surly, amnesiac hit man; a gas-station attendant who plays Elizabethan ballads on his electric guitar and greets customers in French; a…
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    Zoom Lens

    Classically Independent Film Festival We're speedily approaching the day when "independent film" joins "military intelligence" and "industrial park" in the oxymoron pantheon. People's Exhibit 154: Paramount Classics (the latest indie-styled bandwagon hopper) announced last week that its very first film…
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    Desperately Seeking Salvation

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. -- Ezekiel 25:17 (as quoted by Jules in Pulp Fiction) Intoxicated by the fall of the Berlin…
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    Reel World

    The Party Crashers After lo these many years of ale and grub swiping the spotlight from the movies on opening night, the San Francisco Inter-national Film Festival finally got it right. The preshow menu was limited to a festive but…
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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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