Film Features

French twists

French Cinema Now scores with standout works by reliable auteurs

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The way we were weird

Celebrating two plastic-wrapped decades of Twin Peaks

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FILM In 1990, cable was still a luxury many chose not to afford. The Big Three — it was now grudgingly being admitted that Fox might make it Four — weren't doing anything all that different from what they had a decade or two or three before. Certainly the popular likes of Major Dad, Beverly Hills 90210, and America's Funniest Home Videos weren't exactly rocking the boat as thus far known to viewers and sponsors.Read more »

Snack time!

Forget "The Walking Dead": Horror classic Zombie shambles through the Roxie

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FILM "We are going to eat you!" Accompanied by a close-up shot of a vile, undead head, the iconic poster for Lucio Fulci's 1979 Zombie clearly delineates the fate of all human flesh. It's not a threat — it's a guarantee, oozing with maggots and emphasized with a follow-up promise: "The dead are among us!"Read more »

Light years

Paying tribute to Jordan Belson's cosmic cinema
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Swiss (don't) miss

Two offbeat gems at Berlin and Beyond

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The killer next door

Kane Hodder, a.k.a. Jason Vorhees, tells his story in Unmasked: The True Story of the World's Most Prolific Cinematic Killer

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TRASH Having terrified generations of horror film fans with his portrayals of some of cinema's most feared and iconic characters, Kane Hodder is a modern monster movie legend.Read more »

A decade of DocFest

Gamers, rappers, heroes, and more at SF's quirkiest festival

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Do North

Rewarding and off-the-radar Mill Valley Film Festival picks

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FILM You could drive (or if you have the time, public transport) to the 34th annual Mill Valley Film Festival solely for movies like period drama Albert Nobbs, which is already generating Oscar buzz for Glenn Close. Hot tip, though: anything with the words "Oscar buzz" attached to it, or "critically acclaimed" (including believe-the-hype entries Martha Marcy May Marlene and Like Crazy), will likely arrive in San Francisco over the next few months.Read more »

Channeling darkness

"TV Noir" celebrates the tarnish on television's golden years

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Vive Vigo

A new DVD set celebrates Jean Vigo's evergreen films

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