Cheryl Eddy

Angel of death

Park Chanwook caps off his revenge trilogy with the elegantly brutal Lady Vengeance
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"It has to be pretty. Everything should be pretty," explains Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae), who throughout Lady Vengeance is variously referred to as "a real live angel," "Geum-ja the kindhearted," and "the witch." The fact that what has to be pretty is a gun should surprise no one who's seen Korean director Park Chanwook's gruesome Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance or his staggering Oldboy. Read more »

Gnaw on this

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There's always room for another film festival in this town, especially when said fest is drowning in blood, guts, and supernatural shenanigans. The San Francisco Independent Film Festival's festering youngest child, Another Hole in the Head, returns this week for its third year of ghouls gone wild.Read more »

San Francisco Black Film Festival

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REVIEW Other local fests may grab more attention, but the ever-growing San Francisco Black Film Festival, now in its eighth year, is well worth seeking out for its consistently strong and diverse programming. The opening night film, Son of Man, sets the story of Jesus Christ in modern South Africa; other narratives (features and shorts) in the fest explore family ties, romance, and social issues. Read more »

Love bites

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As any George Romero fan knows, it's utterly impossible to contain a zombie invasion. No San Francisco–set discussion of reanimated corpses should go without mentioning Bad Date, a work-in-progress by locals Sadie Shaw and Alison Childs.Read more »

Blood brothers

DIY filmmakers Rick Popko and Dan West pursue guts and glory
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It's Easter weekend in the Mission District, and despite the rabbit snuffling around Rick Popko's backyard, Cadbury eggs are the last thing on anyone's mind. "I think we've killed everyone we know," Popko explains grimly, grabbing his cell phone to try and recruit one more zombie for the final day of filming on the horror comedy RetarDEAD. Moments later, Popko and RetarDEAD codirector Dan West survey the scene in Popko's basement. Read more »

Doing the Cannes-Cannes, Part Two

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Gary Meyer of the Balboa is at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Here is the second of his reports.

What a day! They’ve moved things around. Problems with my accreditation badge mean I can’t get into the movies. Offices that used to be in the Palais are at the other end of the Croisette, a 20 minute walk. The lines are huge and don’t seem to move. Finally I get my problems cleared up but every screening is full. Even my friends connected with some movies can’t get me in. The day is almost over and I haven’t seen one film yet. BUZZZZ. “Good morning. This is your 7am wake up call. Read more »

Girls afraid

Just My Luck and Somersault map wildly different paths to maturity
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As far as Lindsay Lohan goes these days, the title of a recent New York Times essay on her vida loca offers a succinct, if not entirely flattering, summation: "Lindsay Lohan: Portrait of the Party Girl as a Young Artist." The freckled former Disneyite has lately been on the verge though whether it's the verge of a grown-up career breakout or a total Britney Spearsstyle image meltdown seems unclear.Read more »

That's amore

DocFest loves up pizza, pageants, and pinball
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There are some serious-minded films on the program of this year's San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, like Cracked Not Broken, about a stockbroker turned crack addict, and The Chances of the World Changing, about one man's crusade to save endangered turtles. But when there's an option in life to sample something called Pizza! The Movie, there's really no way around it. You have to go for the pie.Read more »

Tragic replay

Are filmgoers ready for United 93?
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Headbanger's a ball

Canadian doc Metal honors the metal gods
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