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2009 Stories by Michael Fox

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  • Dirty Work

    published June 3, 2009

    California’s agribusiness plows, plants, and picks pretty much year-round, but we tend to celebrate only the spring-summer harvest. (Seen the... More >>

  • In Cold Blood

    published June 3, 2009

    Horror flicks account for most of the cheap, nasty fun provided by the annual bad-taste film frenzy known as Another Hole in the Head, and... More >>

  • Oil and Water

    published May 20, 2009

    One of the miraculous characteristics of the corporate structure is its built-in ability to endlessly deflect responsibility from the top... More >>

  • On the QT

    published May 20, 2009

    Once hailed as the Great White Hope of American movies, Quentin Tarantino instead turned out to be the King of the "B"s. It's now clear that... More >>

  • Rabbit-Ear Blues

    published May 13, 2009

    We’ve been beaming TV signals into space for decades with no reply, or at least none that we can decipher. What if it’s because those... More >>

  • Lesser-Known Nightmares

    published May 6, 2009

    There are no second chances in film noir. Hell, the first chance is a scam, a hundred-to-one shot, a fool’s errand or, if the sucker is... More >>

  • Freeze Frame

    published May 6, 2009

    Hand-drawn animation — at the going rate of 24 cels per second — may be the most labor-intensive form of filmmaking ever concocted by... More >>

  • Sacred Cinema

    published May 6, 2009

    Notwithstanding the dweebs who claim to have found religion watching Star Wars, spirituality and the cinema don’t go particularly well... More >>

  • Ferlinghetti

    published April 29, 2009

    The San Francisco poet, painter, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who just turned 90, is a well-traveled citizen of the world, a North... More >>

  • Pixel Flicks

    published April 22, 2009

    The Holy Grail for mainstream American film directors — even before the monomaniacal pursuit of jaw-dropping verisimilitude in CGI-driven... More >>

  • Framing the Truth

    published April 22, 2009

    Half a century ago, Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank published a landmark book of 83 piercing photographs culled from the 25,000 (!) he’d... More >>

  • SFIFF52:Star Power

    published April 22, 2009

    Stars have long lured moviegoers to the theater, and for half a century festivals have used that gravitational pull to generate media... More >>

  • A guide to the best of this year's S.F. International Film Festival

    published April 22, 2009

    When the San Francisco International Film Fest rolls around, we at SF Weekly rejoice. Then we get overwhelmed. How are we going to... More >>

  • Requiem for a Heavyweight

    published April 8, 2009

    The extraordinary stage actor John Cazale made just five movies, but all were nominated for Best Picture Academy Awards. It wasn’t a... More >>

  • Rude Reels

    published April 8, 2009

    With all the discerning purveyors of schlock, genre, and exploitation cinema in the Bay Area, do we really need some dudes from Texas to show us a... More >>

  • Weimar Days

    published April 8, 2009

    In the ’30s and ’40s, urban sophisticate Ernst Lubitsch turned a corner of the Paramount lot into Old Europe for his masterful romantic... More >>

  • Tony! Tony! Tony!

    published March 25, 2009

    Brilliant and uncompromising, violinist Tony Conrad cut a swath through the pop-rock ’60s with his loud, droning, “minimal” music.... More >>

  • More Than a Movie Night

    published March 25, 2009

    It is no slight to the programmers of the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival to say this is one event where the main action happens... More >>

  • Thank God for God

    published March 25, 2009

    Erich Von Stroheim and Cecil B. DeMille may not have believed they had a divine right to make movies, but on the set they were assuredly God.... More >>

  • Godardian Knot

    published March 25, 2009

    Pop quiz: How many of you Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman fans out there have seen even one Jean-Luc Godard film? Frankly, friends, that’s... More >>

  • Hand to Mouth

    published March 11, 2009

    It started by accident, when Mike Plante’s dining companion chanced to be out of cash. The CineVegas Film Festival programmer had the bright... More >>

  • Camelot Revisited

    published March 11, 2009

    It’s a marvelous thing when fiction, even historical fiction, is trumped by actual factual history. Oliver Stone’s JFK,... More >>

  • Know Your Rights

    published March 11, 2009

    When it comes to social-issue documentaries, the citizenry has finally figured out that the best (and usually only) way to find out what’s... More >>

  • East of Eden

    published March 11, 2009

    In one key category — revelations per minute — the S.F. International Asian American Film Festival has the edge over Frameline... More >>

  • A Strand in Time

    published February 25, 2009

    We love the folks who run the perpetually challenged arthouse theaters, but the truly unsung heroes in the film scene are the small distributors... More >>

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