Cheryl Eddy

"Viva"

Everything you want in a movie, rendered luridly bright
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REVIEW My eyes were literally popping at Viva, a time-warp back to the days of swingin' sexploitation films by Radley Metzger, Russ Meyer, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and similarly give-the-horny-people-what-they-want auteurs. Writer-director-producer-costumer-set designer and star Anna Biller plays Barbi, a bored Los Angeles housewife circa 1972. When her Ken doll-like hubby leaves her alone on a so-called extended business trip, adventurous Barbi becomes Viva, a frequently nude muse for every pervy guy in a neck scarf who crosses her path. Read more »

The gruesome twosome

If you loved Monsturd, you may just die over Retardead
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HORROR SEQUEL If you know Monsturd, you love Monsturd. If you don't know the 2003 horror comedy by San Francisco filmmakers Rick Popko and Dan West, imagine a tiny town menaced by a mad scientist-created shit monster, with clueless cops, a no-nonsense FBI agent, and a climax that unfolds around a chili cook-off.

Doesn't appeal? Don't read on. But fans of homespun exploito-stravaganzas will want to know that Popko and West have finally finished Monsturd's sequel (the making of which I chronicled in "Blood Brothers," [05/30/06]). Read more »

Hunter, haunted

Gonzo looks into the minds of Hunter S. Thompson
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"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend," says the reporter in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), a film about the importance of living up to one's image, even when that image is predicated more on fiction than fact. It's a burden either way, and the dilemma is echoed in Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Read more »

Far "Encounters"

Werner Herzog on Martin Luther and film as uncooked spaghetti
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Last seen playing a priest in Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely (2007), Werner Herzog is back behind the camera with Encounters at the End of the World. Guided by Herzog's trademark droll narration, Encounters journeys to Antarctica, starting at the McMurdo Station research facility, where the director talks with people who've chosen to make a living in the world's most isolated community. Read more »

13 and life

Ki-ki-ki, ma-ma-ma ... Jason's back at Camp Crystal Lake
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HORROR CLASSIC The scene: Camp Crystal Lake, 1958. The song: "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore." As a full moon looms overhead, someone sinister enough to get their own POV shot creeps into a cabin where two fresh-faced counselors are groping each other with wanton glee. "We weren't doin' anything!" the boy protests. Too late, sucka! With a scream, a freeze-frame, and a title card that zooms forward so fast it apparently shatters the camera lens, Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th begins. Read more »

Daughters

Bad behavior and lots of noise from the Providence rockers -- but no joke
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PREVIEW "I've been called a sinner, wrong-doer, evildoer, worker of iniquity, transgressor, bad example, scoundrel, villian, knave, miscreant, viper, wretch, the devil incarnate" — make no mistake, it's a warning from Daughters vocalist Alexis Marshall, delivered via the apparent thesaurus in his head and the intentions of bad behavior in his heart. Read more »

Another Hole in the Head: another couple of reviews!

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The San Francisco Independent Film Festival's sci-fi, horror, and fantasy offshoot Another Hole in the Head kicks off tomorrow! Read Trash's take on HoleHead's offerings here; intrepid film intern Amber Humphrey chimes in below with mini-reviews of two fest flicks that just happen to be made by local filmmakers. Read more »

It's pronouced "Oo-vuh:" Uwe Boll, Part Two

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Postal is now playing at the Roxie -- and will be there until Wed, June 11. It hasn't exactly been taking the critical world by storm, but I enjoyed it, more or less. Still deciding? Read more »

Yuks galore

Another Hole in the Head horrorfest explodes at the Roxie
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FILM FESTIVAL Sometimes the best thing a movie has going for it is its title, especially if that title happens to be Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood!. Far and away the most expressively named selection at this year's Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, Zombies imagines what would happen if a couple of rival gangbangers, a weary cop, and assorted other ragtag types emerged as the only humans unaffected by a mysterious solar flare. Read more »

It's pronouced "Oo-vuh:" Uwe Boll, Part One

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Just so you know. It's not "Oo-way." This is the first thing I learned while gearing up to interview Uwe Boll last August, on the occasion of the uncut version of his film Postal's world premiere at the 2007 Dead Channels Film Festival. The film played to a small but enthusiastic Castro Theater crowd, many of whom were surely lured more by the Boll's presence than by the film itself. Read more »