Live Flesh: Almodovar’s latest only ‘Skin’ deep

David Lynch, when told “Blue Velvet” had no subtext, that everything was in plain sight and on the surface, responded “It’s all there, yeah,” and laughed. This statement derived from critics’ belief that filmmakers, in a postmodern showing-of-the-hand, were suddenly doing all the work for them: the theory, the interpretation,
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TV Land: The secret life of guilty pleasures

I have absolutely no excuse for what’s about to follow. I’m more ashamed than the time I spent $18 and a 45-minute bus trip to see “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.” I’m more forlorn than the time the Jonas Brothers refused to answer my question during their Facebook live
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San Francisco Documentary Film Festival 2011

“Scenes of a Crime” Scenes of a Crime” is a portrait of the grotesque underbelly of the American justice system.  Wait.  That is inaccurate. The film takes the stance that it is hardly a “just” system if innocent citizens are sent to jail on the basis of false confessions, extracted
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Mariinsky Orchestra graces Zellerbach Hall

The notes emanating from the string section of the Mariinsky Orchestra danced through the air of Zellerbach Hall like ballerinas showing off their most stylish spins and twirls. Vivid and commanding, the ensemble seized the attention of the audience immediately as it launched into Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1. Like a
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Van Heijningen takes a stab at ‘The Thing’

This “Thing” has survived three cinematic reincarnations, and there could be more I don’t know about. What begins as the short story “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell Jr. becomes “The Thing From Another World” (1951), which is B-horror bliss. Then John Carpenter directs “The Thing” (1982), with that
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Bill Cain’s play fictionalizes author’s family relationships

Peter, Paul, Mary…and Bill? Almost your typical cast of a Biblical saga, these characters are not actually the personalities you’d find in either the New or Old Testament. As seen in Steinberg Award-winning playwright Bill Cain’s newest, autobiographical work, “How to Write a New Book for the Bible,” the cast
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The Bright Side

Colors erupting onto train cars and empty walls fill in his block letters, boldly pushing the words beyond the two-dimensional surface. This daring image identifies Optimist as the Bay Area-based tagger, painter, writer, graffiti artist. But last Saturday, October 8th, he tamed his after-hours wild style, moving his art indoors,
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Doors of Perception

Celebrated contemporary cartoonist and UC Berkeley alumnus Adrian Tomine maintains a headstrong approach to the art form.

A timid artist in black-rimmed glasses sits behind a too-high display case in a comic book store. An untouched stack of paperback comics sits shyly next to him as he tries to explain to the shop’s only customer that he’s not printing “floppies” because he wants to be different — he
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