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Arts & Culture

Ficks's picks (and one no-pick) at Cannes

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1. John Cameron Mitchell's midnight premiere of his sensitively X-rated Shortbus not only roused the Palais's audience to a 15-minute standing ovation (a legendary feat); it brought out some of the deepest tears I have shed in my short life. Warning: The MPAA (which we now finally understand, due to Kirby Dick's revolutionary exposé This Film Is Not Yet Rated) won't know where to start with this sucker. It's much more than the graphic sex; it's the graphic honesty. Read more »

Shooting the shit

Black
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(Electronic Arts; PS2, Xbox)

GAMER Black is a first-person shooter game in which you play a soldier killing for some kind of shadowy government "special ops" group. Games like this are a little strange politically. They always seem to have some kind of subtext geared for Ruby Ridge types. Creepy. The makers of Black, however, were good enough to make the enemies white, at least. Apparently Russia is still some kind of threat to America. Whatever.Read more »

Passion plays

Powerful writers and equally intense actors play a vital part in Campo Santo's success, 10 years on
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Campo Santo is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, a significant milestone for any small theater company. But this one really does have something to celebrate. Read more »

Cannes journal #2:

Midnight for Maniacs programmer vs. rude blue light specialists
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FEST REPORT Cannes shocker! Grown men and women are opening up their gawddamn BlackBerrys and cell phones to check, send, and even leave messages during the actual screenings! Who would have guessed that audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, the "greatest film festival in the world," would act just like the audiences at the Century 20 in Daly City, California?Read more »

Cannes journal #1:

No snakes on the plane
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FEST REPORT The trip to Cannes always starts when I get on the plane in San Francisco looking to see if anyone I know is aboard. The 747 was huge, but full exploration didn't reveal any obvious candidates for the festival.Read more »

Multi-angle magic

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company gets kaleidoscopic with A Slipping Glimpse
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"Dance/Screen: Innovative International Dance Films"

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PREVIEW Dance on film looks flat, distorted, and without nuances, right? Yes and no. In general, dance does not take kindly to the screen. Good enough for documenting or teaching, films simply don't convey the effervescent presence of a live performance. But in some cases the medium goes beyond simply recording and actually partners with the choreography in a way that can be every bit as exciting as a live performance. As a genre, dance films are fairly new and, often, still don't get no respect. Read more »

Turfing the Web

Hip-hop producer Damon Todd stakes out Townturf.com
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Bitter wounds

The eloquent Devil on All Sides searches for life during wartime
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Youthful innocence and stupidity can generally be relied on in making soldiers and war; those lacking such qualities may have to be beaten and intimidated into service. The process inspires some vivid imagery in French playwright Fabrice Melquiot's The Devil on All Sides (Le Diable en Partage), a poetical mix of fantasy and harsh reality set amid the 199295 Bosnian war. Read more »

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Marvin Gaye - The Real Thing in Performance 1964-1981
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(Hip-O/Universal)

PRESS PLAY Extreme emotional response is never quite as simple as stroking an erogenous zone or pressing a few buttons keyed to childhood memory, but like select performances in The Last Waltz, Marvin GayeThe Real Thing in Performance reduced — or rather, elevated — me to tears.Read more »