10 Quick Questions with Polaris

April 20, 2015

  Polaris was a fake band that comprised of real musicians in the 90’s kids show, The Adventures Of Pete & Pete. Now, 19 years after the show’s cancellation, we have the first vinyl pressing of the shows’ soundtrack, and they are also doing their first full scale US tour! They will be coming to […]

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SFIFF58 Preview and Spotlights #2: The Postman’s White Nights/The Kindergarten Teacher/Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey/The Wonders

April 17, 2015

Spinning Platters continues its coverage of the upcoming 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) with a spotlight on four more films. The Festival opens next Thursday, April 23rd, and runs until May 7th.  Tickets and more information can be found here. Today’s post looks at one film from the Masters section and three from […]

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SFIFF58 Preview & Spotlights #1: Vincent / 7 Chinese Brothers / H. / Sunday Ball / A Few Cubic Meters of Love

April 15, 2015

  Welcome film lovers and moviegoers to the Spinning Platters coverage of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF). Bookmark this site because we’ll be bringing you tons of SFIFF coverage: previews, film spotlights, interviews, and special events coverage. Per usual, our spotlights will cover the films that you’re already excited to see, as well as […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 4/10/15-4/15/15

April 10, 2015

Here’s what’s coming up this week: monsters, bears, and Bruce Hornsby.

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Film Review: 5 to 7

April 10, 2015
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Dull picture chronicles boring affair According to writer/director Victor Levin’s new film, a “5 to 7” relationship among the French refers to an extramarital affair, fully sanctioned by all involved parties, that may or may not take place during those appointed hours, but is termed thusly regardless. In Levin’s new film named for that expression, […]

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Film Review: The Longest Ride

April 10, 2015
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A Nicholas Sparks adaptation done right, with all the flaws and annoyances of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. The newest adaptation of a sappy romantic Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride, is exactly that — sappy and romantic, and formulaic with a preposterous twist added in for preposterous effect. The story about a young beautiful art lover (Britt Robertson, Dan […]

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Show Review: TV On The Radio, Nostalghia at The Fox Theater – Oakland, 3/31/15

April 8, 2015

TV On The Radio are at an interesting point in their career. The band’s age is such that they are no longer actively buzzed about, yet they don’t stay far enough removed from the music scene to ever be experiencing a “comeback.” A lot of bands can become a little lazy at this point, opting […]

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Film Review: Furious 7

April 3, 2015
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The seven things you want and need to know about Furious 7 before you go see it. Sometimes you’ll hear people talk about a movie as being review-proof. This is one of those times. There’s nothing anyone could do or say to keep you away from Furious 7 if it’s something you already want to […]

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Film Review: While We’re Young

April 3, 2015
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It’s Gen X versus the hipsters in Baumbach’s uneven new film Writer/director Noah Baumbach, who is 45, and whose girlfriend and frequent muse Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) is 31, obviously knows a thing or two about Gen X/millennial conflict, and it’s hard not to wonder how much his real life experiences shaped While We’re Young, […]

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Show Review: “Gotta Dance!” Great Moments of Dance in Film

March 29, 2015
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On Saturday night, the San Francisco Symphony hosted Gotta Dance!: Great Moments of Dance in Film at Davies Symphony Hall. If the first thing you pictured when hearing this title was Gene Kelly dancing under the giant orchestrated set of Broadway lights or the long, flowing white dress of Cyd Charisse (or the flashy green dress, for […]

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