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Sagacious and audacious: Kiyoshi Kurosawa talks about Letters From Iwo Jima

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The Academy Awards lumber toward us, and Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is up for some big ones. In this week's Guardian, Taro Goto, Assistant Director of the fast approaching San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, writes about the reactions to Eastwood's film in Japan. Goto also recently interviewed the director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure; the Japanese version of Pulse; Bright Future) about Eastwood. Read more »

Getcher steaming hot Valentine's Day get-your-hate-off bake-off right here...

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Guardian film intern Matt Sussman reports on the best Valentine's Day party idea ever:

Contrary to popular belief Valentine's Day is not for lovers. It's really for the haters.

Nothing brings folk together like seething negativity, and nothing hardens hearts more than the perceived enjoyment of those "fortunate enough" to be in the throes of romantic bliss. The only sweetness encountered at the "Valentine's Can Fuck Off Bake Off" -- an annual house party/ baking competition -- was chocolate and lots of it. Read more »

Make your own toothpaste in Iowa, shave your armpits in San Francisco

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Tonight's episode of ABC's Wife Swap pits Iowa farm family the Haigwoods (apocalypse-fixated and obsessed with raw food, they even eat raw meat; the kids are home-schooled and spend all day working on the farm; they don't clean their home because they think germs are helpful -- and that manure can cure cancer) and San Francisco sophisticates the Hess-Webbs (neat freaks who eat out several times a week and put great emphasis on their clothing and appearance).

Naturally, the sparks (essential in Wife Swap, which tee Read more »

Hamburger Eyes epicenter kicks it

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Hard-partyin', hard-workin' Hamburger Eyes photo collective threw a grand opening party - on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, of all days (love those dudes!) - for their photo epicenter, 26 Lilac, off 24th and Mission, SF. The collective promise that a spot for pro color and B&W darkroom rentals, custom printing, digital production, and classes. Read more »

A q&a about v.o.: talking tearooms, movies, Morrissey, and melancholy with filmmaker William E. Jones

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Parts of Peter Berlin's and Fred Halsted's bodies of work are now a part of William E. Jones's body of work, thanks to the recent 59-minute video quasi-mashup v.o.

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Still from v.o.

But the bodies in gay porn pioneers Berlin's and Fred Halsted's movies aren't what interests Jones. Read more »

Heaven strikes the Miramax thief: A talk with the director behind Tears of the Black Tiger

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What can I say about the movies of Wisit Sasanatieng that could do justice to the images in the movies themselves? Really, to persuade you to see Tears of the Black Tiger this weekend, all I should do is show you a bunch of outrageously gorgeous stills from the film. So, that's what I will do. I'll intersperse questions by me and answers from him, in case you care a jot about what one or both of us has to say.

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A sad day

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Indeed, the boopsy one has passed. I've been hoping against hope that this is just another publicity stunt -- perhaps gone horribly wrong. Meanwhile, here's our makeshift tribute altar.

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Photo by Joe Pennant

Farewell, Anna Nicole Smith. May you bring TrimSpa to the angels.

Sunday Bloody Sunday

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After Sunday morning's half marathon (no, I didn't run it. But do I get any points for watching a friend do it?), there was nothing we needed more than a good breakfast and a strong Bloody Mary. And though our usual favorite, Ti-Couz, is famous for both, we weren't in the mood for crepes — or an endless wait. So we took a chance on a new (to us) restaurant in Cole Valley: the also French Zazie. Read more »

Li'l Louie Bowl

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Who else freaked out when they saw international house god http://www.myspace.com/vegarecords "target="blank_">Lil Louie Vega of Masters at Work and his Elements of Life orchestra giving up the salsa music (his original score) with Cirque du Soleil for the goddammed SuperBowl pregame show? In a bear suit no less?

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Well, I didn't -- see it that is. Read more »