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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Retro-Rourke in <i>The Pope of Greenwich Village</i> and <i>Desperate Hours</i>

New on Video: Retro-Rourke in The Pope of Greenwich Village and Desperate Hours

Look, I'm not going to say Shout! Factory has a crush on Mickey Rourke, 'cuz quite frankly, I don't need to say it. Hot on the heels of their Blu-ray release of Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Total Testosteronation in <i>Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man</i>

New on Video: Total Testosteronation in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

There's no small amount of debate among the sort of people who debate these things as to when the "1980s Action Movie" genre ended. Most point to Tango & Cash, which was released in December 1989 and thus…
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Film, "Iron Man 2" will lead to 3, but that doesn't mean it's good

"Iron Man 2" will lead to 3, but that doesn't mean it's good

As Iron Man 2 begins, Tony Stark — mechanical genius, Forbes 400 perennial, the pop-star CEO of Stark Industries — has dropped any pretense of a secret identity. Stark is garishly "out" as Iron Man, performing a one-man air show…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Iron Man 2</i>

Iron Man 2

As Iron Man 2 begins, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark—mechanical genius, Forbes 400 perennial, the pop-star CEO of Stark Industries—has dropped any pretense of a secret identity, dealing now with the murderous envy created by conspicuous success. Enter Ivan Vanko…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Wrestler

The Wrestler

The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it’s no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic over-reacher Darren Aronofsky’s relatively unpretentious follow-up to the debacle that was The Fountain is all about showbiz. You want…
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News, Feature Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season&#146;s must-see movies

Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season’s must-see movies

In the days and weeks ahead, several tremendous (dare we say Oscar-caliber?) films will be arriving in Bay Area theaters. They're poignant, affecting, and moving. But one thing they aren't is funny. Maybe that's because of the depressed mood of…
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Film, Lord of the Ring

Lord of the Ring

The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it's no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic overreacher Darren Aronofsky's relatively unpretentious follow-up to the ridiculous debacle that was The Fountain is all about showbiz. It's…
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News, Feature Year of the Ram

Year of the Ram

I hated the '90s. The '90s fuckin' sucked," says professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson early on in The Wrestler — and he should know. Over the hill and past his prime — his steroidal body a palimpsest of battle…
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