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  • Inside the Frame

    published December 30, 2009

    The movies typically show museums as oases of civilization providing escape from the cacophony and chaos of the outside world. In his... More >>

  • Return of the Banshee

    published December 30, 2009

    Steven Severin and Siouxsie Sioux carried the postpunk banner longer than nearly all of their contemporaries, from the mid-'70s through the... More >>

  • Police and Thieves

    published December 30, 2009

    Your self-improvement regime for the New Year likely pales next to Spiderman’s: The 28-year-old Rio kingpin, whose given name is Juarez... More >>

  • At the Kids’ Table

    published December 16, 2009

    Uncle Walt, like many a kindly relative, concealed some untoward secrets behind his benevolent smile and neat mustache. Yet his household name... More >>

  • Otter Pop

    published December 9, 2009

    Somewhere, Jim Henson is smiling. Twenty years after his death, so-called children’s entertainment — especially animation, in all its... More >>

  • Notorious, Psycho Birds Cause Vertigo

    published December 9, 2009

    When today’s torture porn makes old slasher films look like after-school specials, Alfred Hitchcock’s movies must seem mighty quaint.... More >>

  • Film Threat

    published December 9, 2009

    Kenneth Anger grew up in the '30s and '40s in glorious Southern California, a rare boy for whom the toxic proximity of the Dream Factory... More >>

  • Quiet on the Set

    published December 2, 2009

    Among the legions of innovative directors of the silent era, D.W. Griffith (The Birth of a Nation), Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten... More >>

  • Devolution

    published December 2, 2009

    It’s a dismal sign of the times that “altered states” has been supplanted by “alternate realities.” Instead of drug... More >>

  • Growing Up Goldwyn

    published November 25, 2009

    It’s a tad disturbing that the latest films by two of our more interesting midcareer directors, Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson, are adaptations... More >>

  • A Life More Ordinary

    published November 18, 2009

    Movies about losers — ahem, underachievers — comprise a delicious yet underrated genre. In films like Big Deal on Madonna Street,... More >>

  • Tropic of Kuchar

    published November 18, 2009

    The influential filmmaker George Kuchar first won a fringe following decades ago with his pioneering aesthetic of low-budget kitsch and bad-taste... More >>

  • Beyond the Great Wall

    published November 11, 2009

    For U.S. fans eager to see the latest films from China (or India or Japan, for that matter), DVD has long been the mode of choice. There’s a... More >>

  • Voices Carry

    published November 11, 2009

    The self-effacing form of public performance known as karaoke combines the familiar words and melodies of popular songs with cheap, liberating... More >>

  • Single-Cel Organisms

    published November 11, 2009

    It’s a crime, frankly, that Pixar will shortly be salivating over a fifth Animated Feature Oscar at a time when Hayao Miyazaki, The... More >>

  • Franco Goes Hollyweird

    published November 11, 2009

    James Franco isn’t just a live-wire actor and a certified hunk; he’s also a helluva good sport. Rather than parlaying his role in the... More >>

  • Trans-Mission

    published October 28, 2009

    More curators and programmers should follow the flamboyant lead of Tranny Fest, aka the Transgender Film Festival. Tonight’s opening... More >>

  • Asia Express

    published October 28, 2009

    Neorealism never went out of style; it just keeps gravitating from country to developing country. The latest stop is Kashmir, in which a cunning... More >>

  • Cinema Mon Amour

    published October 21, 2009

    While foreign filmmakers not named Almodovar or von Trier have a tougher time than ever getting into U.S. theaters , French directors reap one... More >>

  • Local Heroes

    published October 14, 2009

    Every fall for more than 20 years, the Film Arts Foundation showcased the best new work by Bay Area filmmakers in one ferociously crammed weekend.... More >>

  • Beyond the Keffiyeh

    published October 7, 2009

    Even the most fervent adherents to a cause or country grow weary of polemics. So the challenge for Palestinian filmmakers is to find fresh ways to... More >>

  • Truth Squads

    published October 7, 2009

    In the camcorder and YouTube age, we will all truly get our 15 minutes in the spotlight. (Don’t worry, your time is coming.) Take the... More >>

  • Think Pink

    published September 30, 2009

    The image of the polite, conformist Japanese person somehow lingers despite (or because of) the last decade’s onslaught of J-horror flicks.... More >>

  • Found Masterpiece

    published September 16, 2009

    Thanks to pioneering Bay Area film artists Bruce Conner and Craig Baldwin, as well as the less sophisticated wits behind the subtitled variations... More >>

  • The Goodis Touch

    published September 16, 2009

    David Goodis rode a bumpy rocket to hell. Fresh out of college, he published his first novel in 1939. Universal threw him a wad of cash to pen a... More >>

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