Films

Noise Pop Review:Too Much Johnson and Oddsac

March 1, 2018
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Too much Johnson in my Oddsac Let me say right here, at the outset of this double review, that I had no intention of deliberately pairing Too Much Johnson and Oddsac together for any comedic purposes. Yes, it’s very easy to “put too much Johnson into the oddsac” or snickeringly flippant to say something like […]

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Film Feature: Spinning Platters Heads to the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival

February 26, 2018

This week marks the beginning of one of California’s favorite film festivals, San Jose’s Cinequest. Running from 2/27 – 3/11 in a series of South Bay venues, this year Cinequest will present 229 feature and short films, including 74 world premieres over its two-week span. And you know what else? Nic Cage is going to […]

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Film Feature: Carrie and Chris Pick the 2018 Oscars

February 25, 2018

Film critics Carrie and Chris on who will – and who should – win the 90th Academy Awards The 90th Academy Awards air this Sunday, March 4th on ABC at 5:00 pm PST (pre-show festivities start well before, if you want to weigh in on Oscar fashions). Spinning Platters film critics Carrie Kahn and Chris […]

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Film Review: Game Night

February 23, 2018

The Game‘s afoot in breezy, fun new comedy The writing/directing team of actor John Francis Daley (who played Sweets in the long-running and slightly addictive Bones) and Jonathan Goldstein made their directorial debut three years ago with the poorly received Vacation remake. They fared better with two pictures they wrote but didn’t direct: Horrible Bosses […]

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Film Feature: The Best of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

February 11, 2018

The Sundance Film Festival ran from January 18th to 28th this year; over 120 films were shown in ten days. For the fourth year in a row, I was on the (often snowy) ground, knocking out almost 20 films in five days in order to bring you the Best of the Fest. I present here […]

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SF Sketchfest Review: Animal House 40th Anniversary with Cast and Crew Panel Discussion

January 23, 2018

The cast and crew from the classic movie Animal House assembled at the Castro Theatre for a panel discussion of the comedy classic in honor of its 40th anniversary. It is, as you may remember, vibrant with jokes that stand the test of time. The movie was groundbreakingly raunchy for its time, with sexual humor […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: Eddie Muller, founder of the upcoming Noir City Film Festival

January 17, 2018

Eddie Muller is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation and the man known internationally as the “Czar of Noir.” SFFILM this month named Muller to its pantheon of “Essential SF” cinema figures. Earlier this year, Muller debuted as the host of the new Turner Classic Movies franchise Noir Alley, providing him with […]

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Film Review: Phantom Thread

January 12, 2018

It looks great, sounds great, and contains great performances, and that should be enough, right? There are six words that gets the blood of every movie nerd pumping: Paul Thomas Anderson are three of them, and Daniel Day-Lewis are the other three. The other time these two worked together, they created the modern masterpiece There […]

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Film Review: The Commuter

January 12, 2018

Rough commute takes on a whole new meaning in fun Neeson-helmed thrill ride If you are suffering from post-holiday malaise and need a pick-me-up, you could do worse than seeing the new Liam Neeson action flick The Commuter. Unlike the usual forgettable fare that typically inhabits the January cinematic wasteland, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra’s new […]

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Film Feature: Carrie’s Top 10 Films of 2017

December 31, 2017

Spinning Platters Film Editor Carrie Kahn shares her ten favorite films of 2017, presented in descending rank order. You can also check out her list from last year here. 

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