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2008 Stories by Michael Fox

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  • The Killer Tramp

    published December 31, 2008

    The rap against Charlie Chaplin, voiced by fans of fellow silent-screen comic giants Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, is that he was sentimental to... More >>

  • Parent Trap

    published December 31, 2008

    Curse the day — Halloween 1993 — that River Phoenix OD’d. Not only did we lose a gifted and sensitive young actor, but also the... More >>

  • Don’t Disappoint the Governess

    published December 24, 2008

    This holiday season, the hills are alive with the sound of Nazis. A real-life eye-patched patriot (Tom Cruise) executes a failed hit on Hitler in... More >>

  • Bells Are Ringing

    published December 24, 2008

    In a blessedly inspired pairing of venue and program, Lon Chaney makes the heavy church bells chime twice tonight in the skyscraping religious... More >>

  • If Not Now, Zen?

    published December 24, 2008

    You’re primed to greet 2009 with a new attitude and a fresh plan; all you need is an inspiring role model. Consider the Tibetan iconoclast... More >>

  • The High Notes

    published December 24, 2008

    After Audrey Hepburn saw the finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Henry Mancini’s score and her rendition of “Moon... More >>

  • Elusive Existence

    published November 26, 2008

    The groundbreaking French novelist and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, who died in February, was a sly and good-natured provocateur. His screenplay... More >>

  • Quebec Mon Amour

    published November 26, 2008

    Director Léa Pool’s suburbia abounds with absentee parents, cruel children, ominous neighborhood characters, and incipient tragedy.... More >>

  • Just Jarman

    published November 19, 2008

    The main takeaway from Milk -- don’t worry, we’re not going to spoil the ending -- is the importance of gays and lesbians... More >>

  • Cinema Paradiso

    published November 12, 2008

    It wasn’t all that long ago that The New York Times was running stories lamenting the precipitous decline of Italian cinema. The... More >>

  • Sinner, Saint, Martyr

    published November 12, 2008

    Harvey Milk was a 42-year-old nobody, a wisecracking Manhattan worker bee, when he moved to San Francisco in 1972. In fact, in his mind a... More >>

  • A Passage to India and Beyond

    published November 5, 2008

    Even the most intrepid movie hounds have been known to throw up their hands in frustration at the sprawling programs of the larger local... More >>

  • Blink of an Eye

    published October 29, 2008

    Perhaps ADD has finally overrun the country, after years of dire predictions. Or maybe the near-universal arrival of broadband, catapulting... More >>

  • Primitive Medicine

    published October 29, 2008

    The elections are over, thank Jah, but that won’t stop the conniving cabal of religious fundamentalists and right-wing culture warriors... More >>

  • Mind Candy

    published October 15, 2008

    Halloween exists — in theory, and sometimes in practice — to provide a socially acceptable, once-a-year outlet for the citizenry to... More >>

  • When Hell Boils Over

    published October 15, 2008

    Leslie Thornton’s father and grandfather worked on the original atomic bomb, which just may have contributed to her nagging anxiety about... More >>

  • Behind the Caftan

    published October 15, 2008

    Even in the best of times, the American view of Arabs is steeped in stereotypes, prejudice, and sensationalist headlines from abroad. In the... More >>

  • Let’s Taiwan On

    published October 15, 2008

    Every year at the Lantern Festival in eastern Taiwan, half-naked men honor the god of Handan by submitting to a half-hour barrage of bottle... More >>

  • Blood Money

    published October 1, 2008

    ’Tis the month of All Hallows Eve, when things go bump in the night. The chills and thrills started a bit early this year, or perhaps... More >>

  • Indiewood North

    published September 24, 2008

    Yes, the Mill Valley Film Festival caters to the moneyed crowd living the good life in Marin County. But festival programmers Mark Fishkin... More >>

  • Wait Until Next Year

    published September 17, 2008

    Even the most pin-encrusted, garlic-fry-huffing San Francisco Giants fan must concede that this has been a dismal year for the home team.... More >>

  • Warhol Superstar

    published September 17, 2008

    In the sprawling scrapbook of Warhol divas, the legends Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Candy Darling, and Holly Woodlawn still hold sway over lesser... More >>

  • Daughters of Ida Lupino

    published September 17, 2008

    According to the venerable distributor Women Make Movies, just six percent of the 250 top-grossing films last year were directed by women. That... More >>

  • I Love Rock ’n’ Roll

    published September 10, 2008

    Turned on (in more ways than one) by the brassy inspirations of Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, and, yes, Joan Jett, thousands of girls picked up... More >>

  • A Black and White World

    published August 27, 2008

    Raise a tall glass as another bombastic Hollywood summer comes to an end, not with a bang but with a bomb: After four months of crassness and... More >>

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