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SFIFF, weekend one: city songs and auteur-itis

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The first Saturday of the SF International Film Festival is usually loaded. Read more »

SFIFF, weekend one: Dario, Black Francis, and Roy Andersson

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I found it vaguely irresponsible, and perhaps even cruel, that the festival programmed its two most high-profile horror pictures on the same night at around the same time. Dario Argento's Mother of Tears and Paul Wegener's 1920 film The Golem both played Friday night between 9 and 11 p.m. I managed to see the Argento film in advance: Mother of Tears is the third in a trilogy that Argento began with Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980), but unlike those two this one is laughably awful. Read more »

SFIFF, day two: A golem on the horizon

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Tonight, I'm off to see Roy Andersson's You, the Living and then Frank Black's live accompaniment to 1920’s The Golem. Three years ago at SFIFF, I saw Frank Borzage's 1927 Street Angel with a live score by the American Music Club, and it was one of the great movie nights of my life. Read more »

Lit: Still Broke Ass after all these years

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By Justin Juul

Broke Ass Stuart is a travel writer, an SF cult hero, and one of the luckiest sunzabitches you will ever meet. Not only does he get paid to travel the world and write, but he also gets to do it as himself. Most travel writers have to water their stories down for those crappy airplane magazines or they just write thousands of fact-of-the-matter-reviews designed for hurried tourists. But not Stuart. Read more »

SFIFF, day one: The world according to Asia

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This year, it's Asia Argento's festival, and we're all just invited. I've heard through the grapevine that Asia will not be in attendance at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival, but her diva-ness will exude throughout. She's in no less than three festival films this year, a feat I can't remember ever having been duplicated (if you were quick enough, a fourth one, Boarding Gate, recently opened and closed in San Francisco). Read more »

Fecal Face Dot Gallery goes solo with Kottie Paloma

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Tonight seems to be the time to check out that storefront marked Fecal Face Dot Gallery - you know, right where Go-Ugh tears into Market, near the delish Brazilian meats playzone, Espetus Churrascaria. Tonight, "Kottie Paloma and the Daily Strangers," the space's first solo show, opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Read more »

Highway 51: The 51st SFIFF, week one

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The Last Mistress (Catherine Breillat, France/Italy, 2007) Catherine Breillat steps back from one of her bluntest provocations -- 2006’s Anatomy of Hell -- to deliver this barbed, intelligent adaptation of Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly’s 1851 novel. Asia Argento is heroic as the titular courtesan, a seething, powerful woman working outside bourgeoisie bounds. Read more »

Gray Area Gallery 2.0

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By Vanessa Carr

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Aaron Koblin's Ten Thousand Cents

It's hard to believe that San Francisco, the very birthplace of Web 2.0, has lacked a gallery space dedicated to new interactive media arts – until now. Read more »

Ghostride the filmstrip, thizzy

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By Justin Juul

Perhaps inevitably, long-awaited doc Ghostride The Whip: The Story of The Hyphy Movement screens this Thursday, April 24th at UC Berkeley. (It'll be available on DVD this July after it makes some rounds. )

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At first glance, it’s a movie about riding around on top of and outside your car while listening to goofy music, dropping e, and acting tough (duh). Read more »

Hot like Neu Wave Feminism

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At the Femina Potens gallery, oil painter Alicia DeBrincat, photographer Rocksusto, and paper cut artist Lex McQuilkin take a fresh look at gender, sexuality, societal expectations and ethics in Neu Wave Feminism, a group show that opened April 5.

DeBrincat's "Cu Read more »