San Francisco's iconic Grace Cathedral was a setting for the last film of the great Alfred Hitchcock, 1976's Family Plot, which featured wealthy eccentrics, a villainous jeweler, and a phony spiritualist in a topsy-turvy suspense plot. Following in this tradition, the cathedral atop Nob Hill tomorro ... More >>
Time for a new entry: Tellin' off President Obama!Allow us to once again congratulate last week's news quiz winner Jaclyn Abergas -- and remind her that the large, white tiger stuffed animal she earned is still waiting for her. Seriously, he's crowding me out of my own desk here. This weeks' winn ... More >>
"Jonathan Lethem's last two novels -- 2003's Fortress of Solitude and 2007's You Don't Love Me Yet -- steered away from the sci-fi leanings of his early work. The talking kangaroos, post-apocalyptic telepaths, and alien hermaphrodites were replaced by flying children and mysteriously endowed song ... More >>
John's Grill celebrated its hundredth birthday a few weeks ago, and as a longtime fan of Old San Francisco and the works of Dashiell Hammett, I made sure to help observe the occasion. Hammett figures into the equation because at one point in his magnum opus, "The Maltese Falcon," gumshoe Sam Spade ... More >>
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With Hitchcock in its rear window, bland voyeur thriller does its best not to perturb(ia)
Boring game play mars Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.
Hitchcock scholar mans a bike
Red Lights has its moments, but not nearly enough of them
A request for an inexpensive and interesting restaurant for a party of eight sends our critic to the books
The new director of the S.F. Jewish Film Festival, a new book on Hitchcock's S.F. filming days, and L.A.'s silent movie king comes to town
The spirit of Hitchcock pops up in a deft French thriller
How the twist ending left M. Night Shyamalan twisting in the breeze
The Pigeon Lady of Noe Valley has neighbors diving for cover