Cheryl Eddy

Dudes and don'ts

The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans and Deadgirl -- more in common than you think?
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All right, I'm not gonna try and pretend The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans and Deadgirl have all that much in common, other than they're both playing the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. But they do both focus on folks with peculiar obsessions, healthy and otherwise.

Camera in hand, television commercial director Eddie Chung descended upon the 2004 Lebowski Fest — since 2002, an annual gathering of fans of the Coen brothers' 1998 cult phenom The Big Lebowskiand discovered a bona fide subculture. Who are these people? Read more »

The stink of ink

This year's Noir City fest is full of lurid news
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Film noir doesn't fuck around. It gives you tough-taking characters, gunshots, stiff drinks, and outrage, all within 90 minutes (frequently less). The seventh Noir City, programmed by Anita Monga and Eddie Muller, is stacked with double-features focused on "Newspaper Noir," the inkiest of subgenres. The fest kicks off with Humphrey Bogart in Deadline USA (1952), a crackling newsroom thriller from Richard Brooks (1955's The Blackboard Jungle, 1967's In Cold Blood). Read more »

Twice as nice?

Will My Bloody Valentine 3D turn the trend of terrible terror remakes around?
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RANT As 2008 wound down, and filmgoers everywhere began to gag on For Your Consideration flicks, one exciting piece of news gurgled out for genre fans: a planned remake of 1968's Rosemary's Baby had been cancelled. According to a post on Collider.com, producer Andrew Form was stumped by trying to adapt Ira Levin's 1967 novel for a contemporary audience. Read more »

Inauguration parties!

Our list of the hottest (and often charitable) Obama-fests on Tuesday, January 20
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TUESDAY, JAN. 20

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States is a historic event, with the rise of the first African American president coinciding with the end of perhaps the worst presidency in US history. So it's time to celebrate, and here's where you can do so on Jan. 20.

Sock it to me

NextArts has reserved the space outside City Hall for a simulcast of the inaugural proceedings and what it's calling a Sock It To Me Concert. Read more »

Blessed be

The Necronomicon has an expensive 31st birthday party
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What the hell is the Necronomicon? A figment of H.P. Lovecraft's imagination? A demon-awakening tool foolishly deployed in the Evil Dead movies? A manifestation of Aleister Crowley's magical powers? Or simply a good old-fashioned hoax?

For purposes of this review, Necronomicon (Ibis, 220 pages, $125) is none of the above. Assume, if you will, that it's a tome based on Sumerian mythology, filled with line drawings and incantations. Read more »

BFFFs!

The Year in Film 2008: A year of living dude-tastically, bro
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Ah, bromance: an idea so mainstream that by the time you read this, the first episode of MTV's Bromance will have aired. The concept? Paris Hilton's My New BFF, but for dudes, as erstwhile Hills himbo Brody Jenner seeks what the homeboys of Pineapple Express would call his new BFFF — "best fuckin' friend forever." According to MTV, "a bromance is an intense brotherly bond that makes two buddies become virtually inseparable." The prize? Read more »

Hail to the king, baby

Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell in My Name is Bruce? Groovy!
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Evil Dead II was released in 1987. I was a horror-crazed sixth grader, the kind of kid who insisted on screening Psycho at her 12th birthday party. Read more »

Tale of the city

More reasons to go see Milk
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If last week's extensive Guardian coverage didn't convince you, here's my two cents: see Milk. Not that you may have needed convincing; seems like everyone in San Francisco is stoked to see Gus Van Sant's political biopic, with Sean Penn starring as the first openly gay man elected to public office in America. If you live here, it's impossible to separate yourself completely from the story — even if you're too young to remember the history firsthand –- since so much of it is already familiar. Read more »

Robert Pattinson doesn't suck

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By Louis Peitzman

Question: How do you stop a mob of unruly tweens?

Answer: You don't.

On the morning of Nov 10, 3,000 Twilight fans tried to rush their way into the Stonestown Galleria, all for a chance to meet Robert Pattinson. In the ensuing chaos, several young'uns got trampled, one girl allegedly broke her nose, and almost everyone was turned away. Read more »

Danny Boyle on Bollywood, game shows, and Indian fairy tales

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SFBG's Louis Peitzman interviews Trainspotting and 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle on the eve of the release of his latest flick, Slumdog Millionaire

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L-R: Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor. Photo by Ishika Mohan

San Francisco Bay Guardian: Slumdog Millionaire is a very colorful and vibrant film. Read more »