houseofpleasures

Visually striking film explores 19th-century brothel

When Edouard Manet unleashed his “Olympia” upon the world in 1863, the aesthetic conventions that had previously held art together were suddenly, violently flouted. A turning point for Impressionism, this oil-painted portrait depicts a fully nude, voluptuous courtesan supine on a bed. Previous paradigms of female beauty were jettisoned in
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The Creators Project

Imagine an event that blended technology and art by merging the classic interpretations of art with the 21st-century charm of the silicon age. This was the goal of The Creators Project, and its San Francisco debut at Fort Mason  March 17 and 18 went above and beyond its innovative objective.
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This Week in Arts

Film  A festival of short films made on smart phones,  web cams and Flip cameras? There really is such a thing, and it is The Disposable Film Festival, which makes its San Francisco debut this Thursday at the Castro Theatre. Executive director Carlton Evans and his staff are kicking off their
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kill_list

British horror film ‘Kill List’ plays with realism

There are three people on the “Kill List:” a priest, a librarian and a politician. These are the public figures that ex-British soldiers Jay (Neil Maskell) and Gal (Michael Smiley) are given nondescript instructions to assassinate. Their employer is a mystery man who knows something about Jay’s past, a shadowy
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21jumpstreet

“21 Jump Street” blurs comedic high school stereotypes

­I know what you’re thinking,” a disgruntled Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) tells a group of baby-faced cops in an early scene in “21 Jump Street.” “Angry, black captain! Ain’t nothing but a stupid stereotype!” Whatever problems with stereotypes these cops have, Captain Dickson suggests they better start embracing the ones
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This Week in Arts

Film This Friday, The Castro Theatre shows Andrzej Zulawski’s newly unearthed “Possession.” This 1981 film has been traveling the repertory circuit, at the BAMcinematek in New York and The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. The film is half body horror nightmare, half poem to broken East Berlin, and a wholly anxiety-filled
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