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2010 Stories by Michael Fox

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  • Naked in Denmark

    published May 12, 2010

    More than 75 years after Viennese beauty Hedy Lamarr went skinny-dipping in Ecstasy, sex in mainstream movies has devolved completely from... More >>

  • Play It Again, François

    published May 12, 2010

    The French New Wave blew a hurricane gale of fresh air into the stultified, hierarchical conventions of late-'50s world cinema, which continues to... More >>

  • Darkness at Noon

    published May 5, 2010

    Film noir was made for San Francisco’s rainy, cheerless winters, when the sight of some other poor mug’s misfortune goes a long way... More >>

  • Start the Presses

    published May 5, 2010

    Greenfield Village, a kind of living museum of outmoded American inventions and customs outside Detroit, used to feature working blacksmiths,... More >>

  • Dancing Queen

    published April 28, 2010

    Even the most autocratic choreographer recognizes that creating a dance is a collaborative process. Pina Bausch went further than most; she’d... More >>

  • On the Wings of Love

    published April 28, 2010

    Implausible plots, laughable dialogue, stilted acting — the plague of the self-serious summer blockbusters draws nearer every day. Be afraid,... More >>

  • The Lies Have It

    published April 28, 2010

    The once-impervious wall separating documentary and fiction crumbles a little more each day, with most of the blows inflicted by reality TV. Fine... More >>

  • What To Do? Thursday's Pick: The Short Films of Al Jarnow

    published Apr 22, 2010

    ‚Äč"Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow" @ Red Vic Al Jarnow's free-association films serve as an astringent antidote to the wisecracking-animal-and-dancing-inanimate-object school of... More >>

  • S.F. International Film Fest preview

    published April 21, 2010

    It's that time of year again, when San Franciscans are treated to an embarrassment of cinematic riches. Between April 22 and May 6, the S.F.... More >>

  • Visibly Animated

    published April 14, 2010

    Al Jarnow’s free-association films serve as an astringent antidote to the wisecracking-animal-and-dancing-inanimate-object school of... More >>

  • Beach Party

    published April 14, 2010

    Next time you’re enjoying a bonfire, bottle, or bong at Ocean Beach, cast a glance at the northernmost condos facing the sunset. An amusement... More >>

  • Experiments in Cinema

    published April 7, 2010

    Perhaps out of compassion for punch-drunk filmgoers who might flinch at the addition of another festival to their packed-to-the-gills calendars,... More >>

  • What To Do? Tales From Terror Town at Mezzanine

    published Apr 05, 2010

    ‚ÄčTales From Terror Town @ Mezzanine Horror is all too often dissed as a low-rent genre, but talented directors from Roman Polanski to Francis Ford Coppola to Sam Raimi have entered the film biz thr... More >>

  • Beyond Bigelow

    published March 31, 2010

    San Francisco Women’s Film Festival founder and executive director Scarlett Shepard might have yelled, “You go, girl!” when... More >>

  • Our Lady of the Woods

    published March 24, 2010

    Anna Halprin, who celebrates her 90th birthday in July, is a force of nature. Not the kind that steamrolls everything in its path but a gently,... More >>

  • Horror Business

    published March 24, 2010

    Horror is all too often dissed as a low-rent genre, but talented directors from Roman Polanski to Francis Ford Coppola to Sam Raimi have entered... More >>

  • Screening Rights

    published March 17, 2010

    The Palestinian problem, as it’s called in some circles, is also an Israeli problem, of course. Countless American Jews on the left have... More >>

  • Tortured Cels

    published March 17, 2010

    From Betty Boop to Beavis and Butt-head, from Fritz the Cat to the lads of South Park, animation has long proved a conducive setting... More >>

  • On Poetry

    published March 3, 2010

    The poet Lorine Niedecker lived in out-of-the-way rural Wisconsin, but was widely recognized and embraced by contemporaries such as William Carlos... More >>

  • Urban Jungle

    published March 3, 2010

    Spike Lee was hardly the first African-American independent filmmaker; in fact, his early breakthrough was only made possible by pioneers like... More >>

  • Playing for Keeps

    published March 3, 2010

    Kimberly Reed is one high school quarterback whose glory days didn’t climax the night of the homecoming game. The Montana native went on to... More >>

  • Palm Pictures

    published February 24, 2010

    Any schnook can shoot lo-res video with a cellphone or Webcam, as you once demonstrated to your (or your lover’s) satisfaction (or... More >>

  • Eyes on the Horizon

    published February 24, 2010

    Our local topography inspires words like “scenic view” and “panoramic vista,” but there’s nothing particularly elevating... More >>

  • Fassbinder’s Children

    published February 17, 2010

    Presumably you noticed the gaping void in last month’s movie listings, between New Year’s Day and late January’s Noir City, where... More >>

  • Misfit Medleys

    published February 10, 2010

    Slap a title like “Freaks, Punks, Skanks, and Cranks” on a film series, and it can mean only one thing: Fun for the whole family.... More >>

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