Sketchfest Review: The Thrilling Adventure Hour, 2/8/15

February 13, 2015

One of the best things about SF Sketchfest every year is getting to watch all the fantastic talent of The Thrilling Adventure Hour. For any unfamiliar with this show, it’s a live, staged version of an old time radio show, and it’s never failed to entertain me for all the years I’ve been there to […]

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Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

February 13, 2015
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What if you took all the story beats from a James Bond movie and turned them up to 11? When Casino Royale was being advertised a few years ago, the tagline often being used was “This is not your father’s James Bond.” Kingsman: The Secret Service is directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men First Class, Layer Cake, Kick […]

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Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

February 13, 2015
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‘Fifty Shades’ is caught between a book and a hard place. I sort of feel sorry for Francine Maisler, the casting director of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Francine was given an impossible task — to cast the role of Christian Grey with an actor whose every physical characteristic would accurately reflect the subjective sexual fantasies of millions of female (and male) […]

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Sketchfest Review: Bring The Rock at Cobb’s, 2/7/15

February 12, 2015

There are a few things that you can depend on with Sketchfest every year. We always get w0otstock. We always get a Nerdist Podcast. There is always something featuring a former member of The State. All of those things sell out. One show that they invite back every year that somehow never sells out is […]

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Sketchfest Review: The Hotwives Of Orlando at Verdi Club, 2/7/15

February 12, 2015

Panels for TV shows are an interesting thing. They can go in one of two ways: they can either be something educational, where you learn about how certain things work. Or it can a silly display of actors and writers getting together to have fun on stage outside the restrictions of the medium of television. […]

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Sketchfest Review: Iron Comic with Nato Green and Moshe Kasher at Cobb’s Comedy Club, 2/8/15

February 10, 2015

The last night of SF Sketchfest is so bittersweet. This year I attended 9 shows in three weeks and they were all great, but a girl with a day job can get quite tired. But I powered through, hurrying from one event to another to end my Sketchfest experience with an excellent stand up show […]

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Show Review: Murder By Death with Rocky Votolato at The Independent, 2/5/2015

February 10, 2015

Trying to sell my friends on joining me for this show was not an easy feat, mostly because Murder By Death is a band that manages to keep themselves just out of bounds of many traditional descriptions of sound. They’re not quite indie, but they’re not quite rock or punk, either; they can’t really be called folk […]

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Film Feature: Sundance Film Festival Spotlights #2

February 8, 2015

Sundance 2015 Spotlights: Six Feature Films The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, closed last Sunday, February 1st, and the award winners were announced that day; they can be found here. Spinning Platters Sr. Film Reviewer Carrie Kahn continues her coverage of Festival films, so you can know what to look for in the […]

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Film Review: Seventh Son

February 6, 2015
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Looked good on the drawing board; looks terrible up on the screen. When a movie is supposed to be released in February, you worry a bit about the quality. The best movies don’t usually come out in the dumping grounds of January and February. When a movie is supposed to come out in February of […]

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Film Review: Jupiter Ascending

February 6, 2015
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A Jupiter-sized mess (and Jupiter is big). There’s a line in Jupiter Ascending where a former alien soldier stationed on Earth tells a newly-discovered woman of royalty, “Bees don’t lie.”  With or without context, you should get a sense of how ridiculous this sounds, because it is.  Completely.  Ridiculous.  Jupiter Ascending, from the Wachowskis, whose credibility is descending rapidly, […]

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