Cheryl Eddy

Toronto International Film Festival: "If you kiss me, I'll pop you in the fuckin' balls."

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Believe the hype: Borat rules. It has a release date of November 3. I suggest you mark it on your calendar ... you will not be sorry. (Unless highly offensive, off-color humor -- and the sight of two hairy, naked men vigorously wrestling their way across a banquet hall filled with mortgage brokers -- ain't your cup of tea. Then you can skip it. Everyone else will bust a gut without you.)

Toronto International Film Festival: The docs are in

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Image of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, as seen in The U.S. vs. John Lennon, courtesy AP/WIDE WORLD PHOTOS.

Toronto International Film Festival: Quick weather report

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It's raining in Toronto ... and New York City, setting for the weep-tastic Bollywood epic Never Say Goodbye, where no emotionally-charged moment passes without soaking at least one major character (and random passers-by) to the bone.

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Just interviewed Bong Joon-ho, director of The Host, which even random journalists I've never met are declaring "the best thing here" in crowded elevators. Read more »

Toronto International Film Festival: "Revenge is good for business!"

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Day two. Why can't every morning for the rest of my life begin with a Johnnie To movie?

Toronto International Film Festival: You want monsters with that?

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Something wicked this way comes: Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) in The Host. Copyright Magnolia Pictures.

Event horizon: cinemania

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Attention, film geeks: the Guardian's Toronto International Film Festival desk is up and running and frantically trying to patchwork together a schedule that crams in as many movies as possible without incurring some kind of mental break with reality as a result.

It's a delicate balance, really, and one that brings forth a feeling of excitement, panic, and jet-lagged punchiness that I've never really felt at any other time in my life. Read more »

Crikey, it's over

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I can't lie. I was bummed -- if not 100 percent totally shocked -- to hear the news about Steve Irwin. Yeah, there was the thing with his infant son and the crocodile a few years ago. Read more »

Big Idi, little Idi

A look past summer's sour patches to 10 Black Dahlia-led fall delights
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cheryl@sfbg.com
Most of 2006's blockbusters (wannabe and otherwise) have already blown by in a sugary cloud of Sour Patch Kids dust. Poseidon's already on DVD; The Da Vinci Code was totally boring; X-Men: The Last Stand killed off Professor X (or did it?); Superman Returns was stomped on by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; and Snakes on a Plane did only so-so business despite widespread prerelease hyperventilation. Frankly, my teeth hurt and I'm ready for some meatier cinematic fare — especially the 10 picks that follow. Read more »

When the lights go down

Twenty-five more reasons (plus one) to run to and from the theater this fall
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› a&eletters@sfbg.com All opening dates subject to change, ’cause that's how Hollywood rolls. The Protector and Jet Li's Fearless Tony Jaa's been trumpeted as "the future of martial arts" (and rightly so — did you see Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior? Holy scalp-cracking!); Jet Li's said Fearless will be his last martial arts picture. Torch. Passed. (Sept. 8 and 22) This Film Is Not Yet Rated Kirby Dick's doc about the creativity-smiting Motion Picture Association of America mixes Michael Moore–like first-person investigative work with feminist First Amendment points. And it's funny. (Sept. Read more »

Doggie do

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Bring your favorite pooch (even if he regularly snacks on your US Weekly -- dude, a tooth mark right through Jennifer Aniston's face!) to Dolores Park tomorrow for SF Dog's "Dog Days of August" event.

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According to the event website, there'll be "dog arts and crafts" (presumably, made by Read more »