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    Film, Tony Scott, Trailblazer

    Tony Scott, Trailblazer

    OK, so Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott were asking for it by naming their latest mega-production Dejà Vu. These dudes aren't exactly paragons of innovation, unless taking rhetorical hysteria to awesome new heights counts. As the opening credits roll —…
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    Music, Have a Blue Xmas

    Have a Blue Xmas

    And now, in celebration of the famously scrawny filmmaker coming to the Fillmore on Dec. 14 to present "caustic holiday observations in a rapid-fire monologue covering all of his Christmas obsessions," as the press materials put it, we present alternate…
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    Film, Private Dicks

    Private Dicks

    As a screenwriter, Shane Black has built a reputation on action movies featuring mismatched partners. Crazy Mel Gibson and aging Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon; sassy Samuel L. Jackson and amnesiac hit-woman/housewife Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight; burnout…
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    Film, Dammit, Mamet!

    Dammit, Mamet!

    The problem with Spartan isn't so much that it's mediocre but that it could be a whole lot better. Unlike writer-director David Mamet's last movie, Heist, a film with such a generic plot and predictable Gene Hackman performance that it…
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    The Island of Dr. Moreau Directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, and David Thewlis. To get ready for the latest adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, I boned up on my Wellsiana and read…
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    Calendar, Halloween

    Savage Love

    Hey, Faggot: I'm a heterosexual male college student, and I have this deep yearning to deflower a virgin. (I know -- me and about a zillion other guys.) Anyway, I don't care about age, race, or body size, but I…
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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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