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 Lebowski and discovered a bona fide subculture. Who are these people? Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »