Cheryl Eddy

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 »

Two reviews from 3rd I

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By Kevin Langson

The sixth annual 3rd I: San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival runs through Sun/16. Read more »

An interview with "Stranded" director Gonzalo Arijon

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By Mara Math

No one was more surprised than I that Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains proved to be one of my favorite films at this year's Read more »

XXX-tant love

Zack and Mimi Make a Porno
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Platonic buds Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) live together, are completely devoted to each other, and yet loudly maintain that they are just friends — until they decide to sleep together on camera to pay off their debts. Oh, and sleep with other actors too, because that's what you do in a porno. Read more »

Land of the free, home of the brave

DocFest offers a cockeyed view of a kooky country
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By Cheryl Eddy

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Things I learned while screening a double-wide stack of DocFest discs: there's a perilously thin line between superfan and super-stalker. Bacon and Miracle Whip wrapped in a tortilla makes a pretty tasty snack. It's possible to be pro-bird, but not anti-cat. When uttered in the context of The Price is Right, the words "a new car" and "come on down" battle for the title of three greatest in the English language. Read more »