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A touch of Warren Sonbert

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Over the past month, Konrad Steiner of Kino 21 and I have presented two programs of films by Warren Sonbert. For me, it isn’t an overstatement to say the experience has been a revelation, and not just because opportunities to see this SF filmmaker’s work are rare. 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 »

Christophe Honoré on liberty and Love Songs

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By Johnny Ray Huston

In this week's Guardian I write about Christophe Honoré's Love Songs. Honoré recently answered some questions about the film via email. Dive below for thoughts on cross-dressing and Jacques Demy, and also a contemporary booklist for young gay men who read. 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 »

Lit: The illustrated Magazinester

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This past week, Magazinester pledged its love for Edie Fake and Matt Furie, and threw a tomato at overpriced rags featuring the thin talents of Terence Koh. Read more »

Big balls

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By Marianne Moore

My friend’s rich older boyfriend—well, rich relative to my friend, who makes her living pretending to be a fairy at birthday parties (Her fairy name is Ginger-Snap. We know it’s a stripper name. We’re over it.)—is taking her to the Black and White Ball on Saturday, and I’ve been drafted into shopping. We’re now faced with a pretty awkward question: what do normal people wear to the fancy-pantsiest occasion on the San Francisco calendar?

Other people must have faced this problem before. 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 »

'REN'-membering Matthew Barney in LA

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Heave ho at Matthew's Barney's REN. Photo courtesy of www.lipsticktracez.com/reggie/.

By Glen Helfand

How any artist follows up a large scale, career-making project is accompanied by the same critical pressure that greets the sophomore album of a hot new band. Read more »

Step down, Sexual Harassment Panda

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Part One of a multi-part series on ill-conceived Public Service Announcements by intern Marianne Moore

On a Richmond-bound train the other day I noticed a sign at the end of the car, reading: “Los líquidos calientes queman como el fuego,” which means, “Hot liquids burn like fire.” I confess that I laughed — really, really loudly.

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Lit: Erick Lyle on rehab for Newsom and SF, the awful flair of Willie Brown, book box mansions and life in the City

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This week's Lit features a review of Erick Lyle's new book On the Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of the City (Soft Skull Press, 272 pages, $14.95). Read more »