A movie of meter and murder

Sex, drugs, jazz, poetry and death. Drenched in sepia tones, they weave together to form the prologue to one of the greatest stories in American literary history: the Beat Movement. Director and co-writer John Krokidas sends us a postcard from another era with his debut film, “Kill Your Darlings,” a
Read More…

Storytelling event showcases people, not performers

On Monday evening, Zellerbach Hall began to fill with people. They didn’t come for a ballet or a symphony; they came to hear honest, heartfelt stories. The Big Bang: The Moth at the Bay Area Science Festival, an event put on by the nonprofit organization The Moth, showcased stories of
Read More…

Ephraim Lee’s Picks of the Week

“Psycho” with the San Francisco Symphony In a season so saturated with sinister behavior and shamelessness, perhaps a touch of class is needed. On Wednesday, the San Francisco Symphony will be accompanying Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror movie “Psycho.” Despite being an auteur, Hitchcock gave the soundtrack 33 percent of the
Read More…

Improved vocals in Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’

Arcade Fire definitely knows where it wants to end up as a band, even if the path it has chosen may seem unclear at the moment. Looking at its catalog, its albums have worked toward founding a specific niche in the greater rock music canon, establishing Arcade Fire as not
Read More…

Showing characters ‘TORN’ between emotion and thought

It’s suffocating: the type of film that fills a viewer’s lungs and leaves him or her short of breath. This is an anthem against systemized intolerance that permeates contemporary America — a world shaped by one’s own perception rather than reality and heavy with disconnections in communication. Bigotry festers in
Read More…

‘Linsanity’ producers talk playing to one’s assets

This past weekend and through this week, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood on College Avenue is hosting a limited-engagement showing of the Sundance Film Festival movie “Linsanity,” named after the viral pun about the hype surrounding NBA star Jeremy Lin. The film was produced by UC Berkeley alumni Christopher Chen, founder of
Read More…