Cheryl Eddy

RIP, Parkway Speakeasy Theater

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Say it ain't so! Oakland's Parkway Theater announced this week that its doors will close Sunday, March 22. Read more »

Home suite home

SFIAAFF: Tokyo Sonata and the stark, striking cinema of Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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How's this for lowest common denominator? The first sentence of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Wikipedia entry explains that he is a "Japanese filmmaker best known for his many contributions to the J-horror genre." With his latest film, family drama Tokyo Sonata, particularly fresh in my mind, I'd nearly forgotten he was even part of that late-1990s trend. Read more »

A cure for the Mondays (maybe)

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Haul your ass over to this world o' internet adorability: ZooBorns: "the newest and cutest exotic animal babies from zoos and aquariums around the world!"

Seriously. Read more »

News: flash!

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Body art-averse parents are allegedly up in arms over the Totally Stylin' Tattoo Barbie, who is clearly totally styling with her totally stylin', tiny butterfly tattoo (my prediction: if they make a Ken version, he'll have something tribal).

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Don't worry, Mom and Dad! Read more »

Hail Bale

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Zomg, the new Terminator Salvation trailer is out today. We've all listened to star Christian Bale's awesomely vitriolic rant, and we've all seen The Dark Knight (some of us more than once, apparently, since the movie's box-office haul was somewhere in the bajillions). Read more »

"Gomorrah"

A world where everyone is in cahoots with the bad guys - whether they choose to be or not
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REVIEW In the giant, rundown apartment buildings of Naples and Caserta, organized crime doesn't run afoul of the law — it is the law. Based on the best seller of the same name by Roberto Saviano (who co-scripted), Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah has already hauled in European laurels galore, including the Grand Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Inexplicably not nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (not uplifting enough? Read more »

Johnny on the spot

Behind the scenes of the most famous behind-bars live LP: At Folsom Prison
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"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash." Anyone who's listened to the Man in Black's 1968 live album At Folsom Prison (Columbia) knows that's how the record kicks off. Read more »

Golden eye

Considering the Oscars
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AWARDS SHOW I'm actually pretty jazzed for the 2009 Oscars: there are some exciting nominees, and the broadcast is guaranteed to be less dull with Hugh Jackman (the first-ever adamantium-enhanced host!) guiding the proceedings. But before Feb. 22's awkward montage of dead Academy members (farewell, Paul Newman!), stiffly scripted banter 'twixt presenters, and inevitable fashion faux pas, it's important to pick your favorite and least favorite nominees. You gotta know whom to cheer (and jeer) once you have a bottle (or two) of champagne in your system. Read more »

Bullet time

Will Crips and Bloods go the way of Dogtown and Z-Boys?
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BULLET TIME

Director Stacy Peralta saw his 2001 doc Dogtown and Z-Boys turned into the 2005 narrative Lords of Dogtown. Will the same fate greet Crips and Bloods: Made in America? Read more »

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 »