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2010 Stories by Michael Fox

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  • He Shoots! He Dies!

    published August 25, 2010

    The World Cup final was an all-European affair, alleviating the quadrennial fear of last-minute South American disappointment and fury. (If... More >>

  • Monday's Pick: Not Necessarily Noir

    published Aug 23, 2010

    ‚ÄčNot Necessarily NoirRoxie Theater$7-$10Film noir, as it's classically defined, had a circumscribed lifespan from the early postwar about-to-boom years through the late 1950s, when color films began... More >>

  • Cosmic Ray

    published August 18, 2010

    The Achilles heel of computer-generated visual effects, once you get past the initial ooh-aah of watching a 50-story tidal wave crest over Los... More >>

  • Fatal Attractions

    published August 18, 2010

    Film noir, as it’s classically defined, had a circumscribed lifespan from the early postwar about-to-boom years through the late 1950s, when... More >>

  • India’s Got Talent

    published August 11, 2010

    The costumes may be Day-Glo trippy, but it’s the swirling, seductive soundtracks that make Bollywood movies so irresistible. After all, the... More >>

  • The War at Home

    published August 11, 2010

    The veteran Japanese director Junichi Suzuki has observed that most of his countrymen are unaware of the contributions — and sacrifices... More >>

  • Hopped Up

    published August 4, 2010

    In his early TV and screen roles, Dennis Hopper displayed some of the intensity, impatience, and rebelliousness that made James Dean and Marlon... More >>

  • Life During Wartime

    published July 28, 2010

    It’s a sign of desperation, more than anything, that flotillas and films are the prevailing Palestinian tactics at the moment. While seagoing... More >>

  • Die Laughing

    published July 28, 2010

    Paul Mazursky turned 80 in April, but the writer-director of Next Stop, Greenwich Village, and Down and Out in Beverly Hills —... More >>

  • Sold, Soul, Rock, Roll

    published July 21, 2010

    The '70s suck — Journey and disco are the devil’s spawn. The '70s rock — God save Queen, Bowie, and Springsteen. In which category... More >>

  • Border Disputes

    published July 21, 2010

    Ex-con Jack Abramoff isn’t invited to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, but Bugsy Siegel, Arnold Rothstein, and Louis... More >>

  • Robot Wars

    published July 14, 2010

    In a weird yet illuminating coincidence, the most ambitious and accomplished sci-fi flick of 2010 opens the very day that the restoration of a... More >>

  • Headbangers' Ball

    published July 7, 2010

    Teenage mutants. Vengeful transsexuals. Zombie stoners. Shameless porn stars. Grindhouse legends. Takashi Miike. If there’s one bash on the... More >>

  • Cumming Attraction

    published July 7, 2010

    You may have recently seen Alan Cumming introducing the fall '09 season of Masterpiece Mystery! (currently in reruns) on PBS, dapper in a... More >>

  • Icy Hot

    published June 30, 2010

    Timing is everything, or at least something, and once in a while the forces of justice catch a break. Two weeks ago, certified prick Rush Limbaugh... More >>

  • The Dream Syndicate

    published June 30, 2010

    When German painter, graphic artist, experimental filmmaker, and radical theorist Hans Richter moved to New York in 1941, he was one among dozens... More >>

  • Yes, 101

    published June 23, 2010

    Idly fanning herself in a second-story window, the titular obscure object of desire in Manoel de Oliveira’s Eccentricities of a Blond... More >>

  • Pedal Power

    published June 23, 2010

    From The Jazz Singer on, innumerable family dramas and comedies have been driven by the children of immigrants restlessly (and often... More >>

  • Wednesday's Pick: 'Ozu on Sentimental Tokyo' at VIZ Cinema

    published Jun 16, 2010

    "Ozu on Sentimental Tokyo"The Only Son, 5 p.m.Early Spring, 7 p.m.VIZ Cinema$8-$10In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it's hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood's su... More >>

  • Queer Close-Ups

    published June 9, 2010

    The slippery, sprawling smorgasbord that is Frameline34: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival offers delicacies for nearly any... More >>

  • Manila Confidential

    published June 2, 2010

    In the Tarantino era, when a machine gun (or a baseball bat) isn’t a weapon so much as a punch line, directors have a hell of a time getting... More >>

  • Family Plots

    published June 2, 2010

    In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of... More >>

  • Freddie, We Hardly Knew You

    published May 26, 2010

    Farrokh Bulsara’s parents were from Gujarat, so it wasn’t an unusual choice to send him to a boarding school near Bombay (as it was... More >>

  • String Theory

    published May 26, 2010

    Paul Festa takes a palpably hands-on approach to art — a response, perhaps, to the hand injury that derailed his career as a concert... More >>

  • Ciao, Capitalism

    published May 26, 2010

    A bad economy is no laughing matter, yet the Great Depression birthed the screwball comedy, spawning dozens of cynical variations on romantic and... More >>

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