Cheryl Eddy

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 »

Bullet time

Johnnie To's gangster hits get the spotlight
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cheryl@sfbg.com

An utterly complete retrospective of Johnnie To's films would be too much to ask, really. To's résumé to date involves nearly 50 features, with at least one release nearly every year since 1986. His work also spans such a gobsmacking array of genres that even an audience of dedicated fans might experience exploding-head syndrome. And genre is the key word here; the man's a master at it, a trait that has earned him admiration if not fame stateside — probably a good thing, given the cautionary tale of the Hollywoodized John Woo. Read more »

No one likes to be defeated

Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely moonwalks between surreal and melancholy
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Most folks who settle down to watch a Harmony Korine film know not to expect the familiar. Korine is, after all, the guy who wrote Larry Clark's hot-button Kids (1995), and the writer-director of 1997's Gummo, one of the head-scratchingest flicks ever to attain cult status. Read more »

Children of the (pop)corn

Strap yourself in for the summer movie blitz
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Must be summer — every movie I want to see in the next three months is either a sequel, a superhero movie, or a superhero movie sequel. Granted, I'm girly enough to want to see Sex and the City (May 30), snarky enough to eagerly anticipate M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (June 13), and arty enough to get excited about Werner Herzog's Antarctica doc Encounters at the End of the World (June 27). Read more »

SFIFF: Blood ties

Asia and Dario Argento go go for a SFIFF trifecta
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cheryl@sfbg.com

You can keep those classy, highbrow Coppolas. I'll play the low card with the Argentos any day. This year's San Francisco International Film Festival is a feast for fans of the father-daughter team: Dario directs Asia in Mother of Tears, his long-awaited final entry in the cultishly beloved "Three Mothers" series, which includes 1977's Suspiria and 1980's Inferno. Read more »

Alligators, man

Green, mean, and in the movies
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TOOTHY CINEMA Alligators, man. As James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Peter Pan will tell you, meeting a gator is a surefire way to add insta-peril to your script, or at least supply a pun-tastic one-liner (Arnold Schwarzenegger to recently expired gator in 1996's Eraser: "You're luggage!") Last year's pseudo-political Primeval was a disappointment, and Rogue, Aussie director Greg Mclean's follow-up to Wolf Creek (1995), never quite made it into theaters stateside. Read more »

Metal Mania: Rock of ages, for all ages

A youthful Hatchet picks up the thrash where the older bands left off
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It was June 2007, and the Friday night crowd at Thee Parkside was primed for brutality. When headliners Hatchet took the stage, two of my senses immediately spiked: my hearing, which seemed not long for the world, and my sight, which couldn't believe that such aggressive thrash was emanating from what appeared to be a quintet of teenagers.

Well, not quite. As of March 2008, the median age of the North Bay band was 20.2, with vocalist Marcus Kirchen, 23, and lead guitarist Julz Ramos, 22, bringing up the average. Read more »

Magazinester

A spree-killer's attack on the magazine rack
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Vanity Fair would like to know: "Who Says Women Aren't Funny?" Magazinester would like to know: "Who Says Women of Color Aren't Funny?" Granted, Wanda Sykes and Maya Rudolph represent. But why no Margaret Cho? Read more »

Ace invader

Ace Frehley speaks!
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GUITAR HERO Here's a star-spangled way to start a conversation: "Hi, Ace Frehley calling!" The 51-year-old Frehley, a.k.a. KISS's guitar-slinging "Space Ace," telephoned me from his Westchester, N.Y. studio to discuss his current tour — which kicked off Feb. Read more »

Martial bliss

Flash Point's Donnie Yen shoots back
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TAKE ACTION Hey, Donnie Yen fans! Director Wilson Yip's Flash Point — in which the charismatic martial arts star (2002's Hero, 1993's Iron Monkey) plays an aggro cop on gangster-beatdown detail — is actually getting a local theatrical release. Currently, Yen is in Shanghai shooting Yip Man, which he describes as "the story of Bruce Lee's teacher, a master of the Wing Chun kung fu style." He's a busy guy, and he could probably flatten any fool with a flick of his pinky finger. Read more »