Beautifully executed music videos wrapped inside of a disastrous framing device makes this a good film to watch on fast forward.

Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, and Hannah Murray.

Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, and Hannah Murray.

Fans of Belle & Sebastian, such as myself, have been hearing about Stuart Murdoch’s film project, God Help the Girl, for several years. From a giant online competition to find female singers to sing some songs he had written for women to sing, to a well received album of these songs, and finally a full length film musical with the same songs, now sung by the actors who appear on screen. It’s an ambitious project, a long time in the making, and it comes close to being worth the wait.

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Film Review: My Old Lady

by Carrie Kahn on September 12, 2014

Charming Paris apartment for sale: Long-term tenant and family secrets included

Kristin Scott Thomas's Chloe and Kevin Kline's Jim talk and talk and talk and talk some more as they walk the streets of Paris.

Kristin Scott Thomas’s Chloé and Kevin Kline’s Jim talk and talk and talk and talk some more as they walk the streets of Paris.

Playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz makes his directorial debut with this feature film adaptation of his 2002 play of the same name, and the results are commendable, particularly since this project marks his first big-screen directorial attempt. The picture retains its theatrical pacing, with much dialogue and limited action, but both the story and the acting are compelling enough to keep you so thoroughly engrossed that you won’t even miss having an intermission. [read the whole post]

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Yes. This band is playing a the same festival as Limp Bizkit in Sac this weekend.

Yes. This band is playing a the same festival as Limp Bizkit in Sac this weekend.

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At the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, I sit with a group of other writers around a table as the audible antics begin approaching outside the door.  SNL veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, along with director Craig Johnson, are splitting each others’ sides with jokes and voices.  They are tired and somewhat giddy from a day of press, supporting their incredible new film, The Skeleton Twins, and they loosely greet us with smiles and how ya dos.  Bill chucks a muffin from that morning down the hallway, comically screaming ‘This BETTER BE GOOD!’.  Bill and Kristen feed off each other’s energy, a polite and friendly Craig Johnson between them, and they all take a deep breath and search around the table for who’s first to dive in…

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Craig, you co-wrote the script with Mark Heyman, and I heard he’d been working on the script for eight years.  How did the final cut of the film differentiate from the original script?

Craig Johnson:  Well, we actually had a couple versions of it that were unfinished that were all over the place.  We had one where Milo was a drag queen. (To Bill) I haven’t even told you about these versions of it.  There was a road trip element.

Kristen Wiig: Maggie was a cat. (laughing)

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The whole thing will be inside The New Parish tonight!

The whole thing will be inside The New Parish tonight!

Thank you for enjoying the rock.

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The boys are back out of town.

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan strike an intellectual pose.

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan strike an intellectual pose.

You know when you think that your conversations with your friends are prime material for a movie, television show, or web series?  Well, 9 times out of 10, your conversations wouldn’t be very entertaining to others.  I’m guilty of this as well.  Thankfully we have Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, two comedians who have now created two hilarious and engaging films mostly consisting of them talking and eating.  The Trip (2010) introduced us to the semi-improvised story of Rob and Steve, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, where the latter joined the former on a restaurant tour assignment in Northern England.  The Trip to Italy is a direct continuation from the first film, featuring the same bickering, multi-course meal montages, and Michael Caine impersonations that made the first trip so enjoyable…this time with a side of Italy and a pinch of emotional depth.

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 8/28/14-9/4/14

August 28, 2014

Summer is nearly over, but there is still plenty to do. Including two really inexpensive, all day music events in the Bay Area for you to celebrate this holiday weekend.

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Film Review: The November Man

August 27, 2014
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Bond he is not. Bourne he is not. Hunt he is not. Ladies and Gentlemen, The November Man! Pierce Brosnan attempts a return to the spy game in Roger Donaldson’s spy thriller, The November Man.  The film is based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger.  And, wouldn’t you know it, the spies in this film […]

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Film Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

August 22, 2014
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Stark, Bloody, and two smoking Marvs It’s a little bizarre that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For took this long to get made.  Creative differences, production and casting issues, and the usual onslaught of headlines and rumors supposedly got in the way of this film getting off the ground.  But nearly ten years later, we have […]

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Now in Theaters: Frank/When the Game Stands Tall/If I Stay/Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar

August 22, 2014
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 Frank by Carrie Kahn Loosely inspired by alt rocker Chris Sievey’s stage creation Frank Sidebottom, Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s new film is co-written by Peter Straughan and Jon Ronson, whose memoir details his experiences with Sidebottom. But no knowledge of the film’s backstory is necessary to be utterly delighted by this quirky and very funny […]

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