Cheryl Eddy

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 »

Doc workers

DocFest's founder and programmers prepare for boxers, bunnies, and beasts — and their biggest-ever event
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More DocFest:

>>A cockeyed view of a kooky country

>>Musical outsider may be genius, werewolf

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The first thing I noticed about the 2008 San Francisco International Documentary Film Festival was its enormous size. Well, OK, I actually squealed in delight over the inclusion of a Bigfoot doc. Read more »

Razor-blade snickers

The Dead Channels Film Festival offers plenty of early trick-or-treats
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Earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, I ran into Dead Channels Film Festival director Bruce Fletcher more than once — not surprising, considering we were both haunting the same Midnight Madness screenings. This is, after all, the local programmer who brought 1975's Welcome Home Brother Charles — with director Jamaa Fanaka in tow — to the 2007 Dead Channels fest. Read more »

Toronto International Film Festival: More from Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

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By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

Having had one helluva good time at this year's festival (25 films in 6 days!), here's an overview that you can use as a nice checklist for the upcoming months.

* Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time Redux amped up his 1994 classic, adding colors galore and some new cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma. Luckily Wong kept intact the complex, existential storylines, which blur characters into memories of the past, present, and future while giving his actors tear-induced melodrama that still radiates 15 years later. Read more »