Now open at the Asian Art Museum: "Lords of the Samurai", a fascinating exhibit of over 160 items, remarkably assembled over the past 600 years by a single family, the Hosokawa clan. At the exhibit's press preview June 10, former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa was on hand to introduce his family's collection, which overall totals some 6000 objects -- a high number due in part to his ancestors' emphasis on cultural arts and literature, and also due to plain old good luck. Read more »
Zombies, werewolves, slashers, ghosts, and just plain fucked-up individuals: yep, the usual suspects are on hand for the Another Hole in the Head film festival, an offshoot of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival that's back for a sixth unleashing of cinematic ghastliness.
David Gargani's Monsters from the Id, named for the invisible menace in 1956's Forbidden Planet, takes an earnest, somewhat unfocused look at how scientists were depicted in 1950s sci-fi films. Read more »
I got word of Live Nation's "No Service Fee Wednesdays" promotion before last weekend's stabfest at the Shoreline Amphitheater, but what are the changes of two stabfests in one season, really? You know there's at least one big, dumb concert you're planning on driving to Mountain View to see anyway, so why not pick up your tickets tomorrow (Wed, June 3, starting at 12:01am) and save $10 per ticket in service fees? Read more »
AFRO-SURREAL Visitors to filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka's MySpace page are greeted with a clip of Snoop Dogg clutching a pile of Fanaka DVDs 1975's Welcome Home Brother Charles, a.k.a. Soul Vengeance; 1976's Emma Mae, a.k.a. Black Sister's Revenge; 1979's Penitentiary; and 1982's Penitentiary II. He quotes some choice lines and enthusiastically sings the director's praises: "These movies right here this is black history."
When I mention Snoop Dogg to Fanaka, he's delighted. Read more »
What's a "bike movie?" If you immediately thought of Breaking Away (1979), two upcoming events suggest that your definition is li'l old-fashioned. First up: the Disposable Film Festival is hosting a "Bike-In" outdoor screening. Read more »
REVIEW Missed The Beast Stalker at the just-completed 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival? Make sure you catch its theatrical run at the Four Star, a longtime hotspot for new Hong Kong genre films. (Owner Frank Lee was dishing 'em out long before 2006's The Departed, a H.K. cops 'n' gangstas remake, raked in box office megabucks and Oscar gold.) Where else would I have seen 1998's Beast Cops, starring the inimitable Anthony Wong and the irritating Michael Wong (no relation)? Read more »
Star Trek? Campiness (Shatner! Montalban!) aside, I was always more of a Star Wars person. That said, I've pretty much hated the last four Star Wars movies (yep, Skyguy, that's me admitting I saw 2008's pitiful cartoon Star Wars: The Clone Wars, on the big screen no less) -- but I thoroughly enjoyed JJ Abrams' Star Trek (out now). Read more »
La Mission (Peter Bratt, USA, 2009) A veteran S.F. vato turned responsible if still muy macho widower, father, and Muni driver, 46-year-old Che (Benjamin Bratt) isn't the type for mushy displays of sentiment. But it's clear his pride and joy is son Jess (Jeremy Ray Valdez), a straight-A high school grad bound for UCLA. Read more »