A solid second ride thanks to great chemistry

Buddies Nick, Kurt, and Dale show off their new shower buddy.

Buddies Nick, Kurt, and Dale show off their new shower buddy.

From the co-writers of Dumb and Dumber To, the disappointing comedy sequel, comes Horrible Bosses 2, the slightly-less disappointing and still quite funny comedy sequel.  Yes, we know that comedy sequels rarely work since the humor isn’t as fresh and the jokes are often forced.  Horrible Bosses 2 is definitely not as funny as the original 2011 hit which took the dark fantasies of all white collar workers and spun them into a hilarious story of three down-and-out losers trying to kill their horrible bosses.  But, HB2 still has plenty of great moments, primarily due to the chemistry between the three leads, and will likely entertain any fan of the first film (like myself) and coerce a few belly laughs from newcomers.  But there’s no denying that considering the incredible cast of the new film, the film could’ve reached even greater comedic heights.

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Mid-November METAL overload!

by Alan Ralph on November 24, 2014

SSSLLLAAAAAAYYYEEERRRRRR  ~and~  JJUUDDDAASSS PPRRIIIEEESSTT !!

SSSLLLAAAAAAYYYEEERRRRRR ~and~ JJUUDDDAASSS PPRRIIIEEESSTT !!

There really is no such thing as “metal overload”.  If there was this many epic metal shows per week every week of the year, that would be more like “metal heaven” (except all metalheads are Satanic, right? So, “metal hell”?)…

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Emperor Norton

America’s Emperor needs your help in bringing his story to life.

While it’s easy to be appalled by the overwhelming amount of bad behavior that abounds in Silicon Valley, just remember one thing: from the Gold Rush to the tech boom, the greater Bay Area has always been a haven for misfits looking to make a fortune. Colorful characters have fueled its expansion and gained notoriety for living by their own rules. However, few of its most notable eccentrics have been as beloved or celebrated as Joshua Norton.

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Soft-rock legends, soft-rock enthusiasts and no less than two Lou Reed cover bands. All this and more in a week of music in the Bay Area

 

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Film Review: Foxcatcher

by Carrie Kahn on November 21, 2014

Carell’s performance is main event in otherwise slow wrestling movie

John du Pont (Steve Carell) gives wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) an earful.

Director Bennett Miller returns to the big screen this month with Foxcatcher, his first feature since 2011’s Moneyball. Like that film, Foxcatcher also draws its inspiration from a true-life sports story, but, ultimately, Foxcatcher is really more of a psychological character study. While it’s a compelling look at descending madness, the film proves itself a rather static, chilly narrative, albeit one with some exceptionally strong performances.

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Appearing Sunday at Slim's

Appearing Sunday at Slim’s.

This week ’round the bay we have: The English! Death! Art on stage! And literary references! Exclamation maaarks! Get out there and see a show!

Here’s what’s coming up this week.

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Film Review: Dumb and Dumber To

November 14, 2014

Better late than never?  Maybe not this time. Why is Dumb and Dumber To disappointing?… Is it because the new movie has six writers instead of three like the original?  Is it because the 90’s style of humor just isn’t funny anymore?  Or is it that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels just don’t carry the same […]

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Show Review: Garth Brooks at The Independent, 11/11/14

November 13, 2014

Yes. You read that right. At approximately 4:30 PM on the 11th of November, Garth Brooks tweets this: “SURPRISE! Meet me @IndySF at 5:30 pm for a free #ManAgainstMachine listening party (Yes, really!) -love, g”.  It’s one of his very first tweets. I also had no idea what this really means. I mean, he’s one […]

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Film Review: Big Hero 6

November 7, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IdMPpKMdcc

I dare you not to buy an action figure or stuffed toy within the next 48 hours after seeing this film. Before saying what Big Hero 6 is, let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not the 6th movie in a series; it’s the beginning of a new one. It’s not a Pixar movie, but John […]

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Film Review: Interstellar

November 7, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxOhd4qlnA

A space opera.  A sci-fi blockbuster.  A heavy hitter.  Just enjoy the ride. *NOTICE:  Many people have tried tirelessly to avoid exposure to any spoilers or plot details (or anything, really) regarding Interstellar.  I found it hard to write about Interstellar without mentioning ‘anything, really’, so be forewarned*

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