Love will tear us apart ... and, uh, so will the bullets

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Day one of the Toronto International Film Festival. New this year: badges with bar codes. Now, when you enter a screening room, they zap you in the badge instead of making you sign in. There's also a lot of construction going on in the mall that envelops the main festival theater. This is my third year at TIFF, but things feel a little unfamiliar so far.

Not the case with the movies (or the ancient-popcorn smell that fills the theaters...rank, yet comforting somehow). I've already seen some really great ones. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner...

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Nuns challenge San Francisco firefighters to a no-touch football game. Win by a hail Mary pass! (From the voicemail of Sup. Tom Ammiano) B3

Peaches Christ explodes

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"At first I was really uncomfortable that I was having a retrospective at the de Young," Peaches Christ -- filmmaker, actress, scene goddess, and queen of SF midnight movies -- confided to me recently over free spring rolls and not-free wine spritzers at the Mix in the Castro. "I mean, does that mean I've gone legit? Should I die now? Read more »

Flowing with Okkervil River's Will Sheff

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Down ye olde Okkervil River (from left: Scott Brackett, Brian Read more »

Bowen on Summer of Love

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See the full Bowen account after the jump below.

Who's cruising who: William Friedkin speaks

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Did Cruising director William Friedkin cruise the gay community without taking responsibility for the consequences? Was he cruising for a bruising, or careless about his film's impact on gay men's safety? (Is it a double standard when sexualized slasher-movie killings of gay men draw protests, but the same acts done to women on screen are treated as par for the course?) Friedkin the man may have been ignored while filming a scene from the movie at a bar's jockstrap night, but Friedkin the director's 1980 look through -- or is it at? Read more »

Why Cruising Still Sucks

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By Bus Station John

As a DJ who's created a number of clubs celebrating the music, aesthetic and sexual freedom of the period during which Cruising was released, I've noticed that a significant number of the gay men in attendance -- the twenty- and thirtysomethings in particular -- seem excited and intrigued by the film's reissue on DVD. Read more »

"My son just got shipped to Iraq..."

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

The following note just popped up on my computer screen from a Guardian mother whose son, 20, is
in the army and two weeks out of basic training.

"My son just got shipped to Kuwait on his way to Iraq. Please help stop the madness."

She was reacting to the eloquent advocacy appeal she had just gotten from John Bruhns, an army infantry sergeant for the first year of the war, writing in support of a bring-the-troops-home-immediately petition from MoveOn.org. Read more »

Flawless Korean skin

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From the spam folder of the Senior Culture Editor:

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Hello Marke! I am Dr. Ramapati Singhania! I went live with my web business just last month.

Cheers, darling, congrats.

Imagine a complexion so gorgeous that men and women were stopped in their tracks! Wouldn't that be great?

Even if I live on microwaved Orville Redenbacher popcorn from the AMCO station down the street? Read more »

Soma, Manhattan, and the SF Weekly

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I was a bit startled to see the supplement called "Spaces" fall out of my SF Weekly today; it's a slick, 16-page fluffer for the real estate industry, complete with an ad for Vanguard Properties on the cover.

Even by the standards of shameless ad supplements, this is pretty low; selling the cover of anything to an advertiser is considered pretty shoddy form. Read more »