Film Review: Learning to Drive

August 28, 2015

Clarkson and Kingsley reason to see slight but likable picture Spanish director Isabel Coixet (Paris, je t’aime; My Life Without Me) must have enjoyed working with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley in her well-received 2008 film Elegy, since she’s collaborating with them again here in Learning to Drive. While this vehicle (no pun intended) is […]

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Film Review: Grandma

August 28, 2015

Tomlin’s feminist Grandma takes to the road in sharp black comedy At 75, Lily Tomlin has had such a long, varied acting career that few may not realize she hasn’t actually had a leading role in a film since the 1988 comedy Big Business. Thanks to writer/director Paul Weitz, though, who directed Tomlin as Tina […]

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Outside Lands 2015: 19 Instant Gig Reviews

August 21, 2015

Every year Outside Lands gets bigger and better. This year was a great year for a lot of reasons – it was an excellent, diverse and well-paced line up. They also switched up the set-up of the grounds this year, opening up walkways, adding more bathrooms and in general, making a much more comfortable festival […]

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Film Review: Fantastic Four

August 7, 2015

Fantastic Four is short and to the point, but pointless. If you were clamoring for a reboot of the Fantastic Four movie franchise ever since 2007’s Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, you can probably assume that you’re in a small minority. I can safely say that not many people were interested in a new Fantastic […]

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Outside Lands 2015: Eight Quick Questions with Jen Kirkman

August 6, 2015”>here

Jen Kirkman is one of the funniest people out there right now. She’s also incredibly hard working… Her first book, I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself is a work of epic genius, and she seems to be the MVP of Comedy Central’s @midnight. She just premiered a special on Netflix called I’m Going To […]

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Pitchfork Music Festival, 2015: Friday Photo Journal

August 2, 2015

The 10th annual Pitchfork Music Festival took place in Union Park, Chicago, the past weekend of July 17th – 19th. Three separate stages hosted over 40 bands during the three day period and a minor rainstorm did little to dampen the mood. Much like Treasure Island, the two main stages didn’t overlap with performances. However, […]

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Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

July 31, 2015

Rogue Nation keeps the pedal to the metal to deliver exhilarating action, while losing some of its franchise identity. ‘Ready or not, here I come.’ No, I’m not just quoting the classic song by The Fugees remixed for the M:I5 trailer. I’m saying this because its how the near 20 year old franchise is approaching audiences today, July 31st 2015. With so […]

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Spinning Platters Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 7/30/15 – 8/5/15

July 30, 2015

Summer is past its halfway point. It’s getting really hot, so if you are looking for a reason to spend your evening indoors, here are a few good ones:

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Burger Booglaoo 2015: The Best Show Around

July 27, 2015

When I visited Gonpachi, the restaurant that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1, I watched as a teenage bus boy, carrying a tub of dirty dishes, tripped on the second floor landing, sending a cascade of water on two well-suited Japanese business men at the bar below. Resulting in a flash and flury of […]

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Film Review: Irrational Man

July 24, 2015

Irrational movie goer: Watch Woody Allen contemplate the meaning of life. Again. Your interest in seeing Irrational Man, Woody Allen’s newest film, will largely depend on your level of interest in existential philosophy. Allen does give us fair warning as to what he’s up to, though; his chosen title shares the same name as William […]

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