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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With Kim Novak, Who Brings Vertigo to SF Symphony This Weekend

Chatting With Kim Novak, Who Brings Vertigo to SF Symphony This Weekend

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is now considered the great auteur's masterpiece, with some arguing that the 1958 romantic thriller is superior even to the groundbreaking and still terrifying Psycho. Vertigo was shot on location in a San Francisco which no longer exists…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New On Video: Sea Serpents and She-Creatures in <i>Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV</i>

New On Video: Sea Serpents and She-Creatures in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV

It’s alive: Joel Hodgson’s Kickstarter to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000 has surpassed its initial $2 million goal. It’s currently at the $3.5 million needed to produce six episodes, and if it can reach $5.5 million by…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Simmering Czech Sexuality in <i>Valerie and Her Week of Wonders</i>

New on Video: Simmering Czech Sexuality in Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Jaromil Jireš's 1970 film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is legendary, and not just because it has a terrific name. I believe I first read about Danny Peary's Cult Films books in the early 1990s, and when…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Decades of Despair & Decadence in <i>The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection</i>

New on Video: Decades of Despair & Decadence in The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection

I'm not a big punk rock fan. I like it on a song-by-song basis, and I respect the original punk scene for having birthed the goth aesthetic which informs my sartorial elegance to this day — that is,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Winsome Robin Williams in <i>The Fisher King</i>

New on Video: Winsome Robin Williams in The Fisher King

1991's The Fisher King has always been my favorite Robin Williams film, as well as my favorite Terry Gilliam movie. Sure, as anyone who claims to be into movies must, I have a deep love for Brazil — though…
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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 The Golden Age of TV Movies: <i>Maybe I'll Come Home In the Spring</i>

The Golden Age of TV Movies: Maybe I'll Come Home In the Spring

Welcome to The Golden Age of TV Movies, a monthly column about the many wonderful made-for-TV movies that were produced during the 1960s and 70s. Oscar winner Sally Field was a popular sitcom star who had yet to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Eco-Kill Classics <i>Food of the Gods</i> and <i>Frogs</i>

New on Video: Eco-Kill Classics Food of the Gods and Frogs

The Golden Age of the Eco-Kill genre, in which animals attack humans either due to mysterious mutations or just because they're pissed off, was the 1970s. It would have been even if not for Steven Spielberg's Jaws, which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Female Firepower in <i>Gun Woman</i>

New on Video: Female Firepower in Gun Woman

The primary cover art of Kurando Mitsutake's 2014 extreme action-horror movie Gun Woman, which Shout! Factory is releasing on both DVD and Blu-ray on May 26, is not entirely representative of the film's contents. There is indeed a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Riot-Grrrl Religiosity in <i>Stigmata</i>

New on Video: Riot-Grrrl Religiosity in Stigmata

Remember when we had it on good authority that the world would end, or Jesus would return, or that there would be some kind of big spirituality-tinged shakeup on Y2K, along with the lights going out and the…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Apoidea Adventures  in <i>Maya the Bee Movie</i>

New on Video: Apoidea Adventures in Maya the Bee Movie

Hooray for definite articles! Well, for us schlubs who only speak English, hooray for our only definite article: the. Perhaps owing to its provenance from German children's literature, Alexs Stadermann's Maya the Bee Movie — which, hot on the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Manic Midler in <i>The Rose</i>

New on Video: Manic Midler in The Rose

I've never been quite sure what "melodrama" is, particularly compared to drama-drama. I've noticed that it's mostly used as a pejorative, a way to insult a person or piece of art which shows genuine feelings, to dismiss them as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video:  All-Too-Familiar Aliens in <i>Extraterrestrial </i>

New on Video: All-Too-Familiar Aliens in Extraterrestrial

Sibling pairs are all the rage in director's chair(s) these days, but I automatically distrust those teams that use badass-sounding adjectives rather than their actual surnames. For example, Jen and Sylvia Soska, directors of American Mary, bill themselves as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Best of SFIFF:  Douglas Trumbull's State of Cinema Address

Best of SFIFF: Douglas Trumbull's State of Cinema Address

On Sunday, May 3, Douglas Trumbull gave the mostly-annual State of Cinema Address at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. I say "mostly" because there wasn't one last year, for whatever reason; perhaps it's because everyone was still…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nerding Out With <i>Star Wars: Armada</i>

Nerding Out With Star Wars: Armada

The Star Wars Episode VII trailer that had us all mesmerized the other day showed — among many other things — how technology has given the space opera its connective tissue. In the both trilogies, there are battles among…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video:  Motorized Mayhem in <i>Mad Max </i>

New on Video: Motorized Mayhem in Mad Max

Let's get this out of the way: Mel Gibson is a horrible person. Nobody's disputing that. (Okay, Federale might.) Heaven knows Gibson doesn't like my people, judging from his vision of Satan in The Passion of the Christ. During…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Sun-Drenched Psychopathy in <i>Miami Blues </i>

New on Video: Sun-Drenched Psychopathy in Miami Blues

Although I never got very good grades in their classes, I always became friends with my English teachers, especially one Mr. Roesch in my sophomore and junior years in the late 1980s. I still can't diagram a sentence to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Garage-Sale Gremlins in <i>Ghoulies</i> and <i>Ghoulies II</i>

New on Video: Garage-Sale Gremlins in Ghoulies and Ghoulies II

Oh, the Ghoulies franchise, such as it is. I'm not going to say that it's gone down the memory hole — especially because that would make it sound like I'm referencing the toilets featured prominently on the posters and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Watch This: Don Hertzfeldt's Heartbreaking  Short Film <i>World of Tomorrow</i>

Watch This: Don Hertzfeldt's Heartbreaking Short Film World of Tomorrow

It's been racking up the accolades at Sundance, SXSW, and other film festivals of lesser juice, and for good reason: now available for a 30-day rental on Vimeo, Don Hertzfeldt's animated short World of Tomorrow is the best 16…
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