Show Review: Ratatouille—Feature Film with Live Orchestra

July 19, 2016

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.” -Anton Ego, Ratatouille There will be no negative criticism here. Ratatouille live at the […]

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Show Review: Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 18, 2016

Starfleet uniforms everywhere, a few Klingons posed for pictures, and ‘live long and prosper’ hand signals were shared — yes, the crowds gathered in Davies Symphony Hall last Thursday and Friday for the CineConcerts produced performance of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Fifty years ago, Gene Roddenberry’s incredible contribution to science fiction came to […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: Jordan Kurland of Treasure Island Music Festival, Noise Pop, and Zeitgeist Management

July 15, 2016

Jordan Kurland has been influential within the Bay Area music scene for over two decades. He helped make Noise Pop a major music festival, and is one of the masterminds behind the Treasure Island Music Festival, currently heading into it’s 10th year. As one of the primary forces behind the mainstream acceptance of Indie Rock, you probably owe about half of your […]

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Film Review: Ghostbusters

July 15, 2016
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Ghostbusters panders then panders some more, and only delivers when embracing its own originality. It’s obvious, or maybe just to me, that director/writer Paul Feig was under serious pressure to cater his entire effort in relauching Ghostbusters to the fans of the original films. Possibly due to the stupid backlash against the production for casting four women in the […]

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Film Review: Seoul Searching

July 15, 2016
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Charming picture captures the heart and Seoul of the best of John Hughes “Don’t you forget about me,” Simple Minds implored us in John Hughes’s 1985 coming of age classic The Breakfast Club. Korean-American writer/director Benson Lee makes sure that doesn’t happen in his new 1986-set similar film Seoul Searching. Less a blatant rip off […]

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Album + Show Review: case/lang/viers

July 14, 2016
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An album full of hope and loneliness, with a thoughtful approach to life and love’s and their quirky ironies. It’s finally here, and it does not disappoint. When I heard last year that k.d. lang, Neko Case, and Laura Viers were releasing an album together, I naturally shrieked at my computer screen in excitement. Lang and […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: Sarah Hicks, Ratatouille Feature Film with Live Orchestra

July 12, 2016

  This upcoming weekend, July 16-17, the San Francisco Symphony will screen Pixar’s Oscar-winning film, Ratatouille, with the score performed live. Conducting the orchestra will be none other than the amazingly accomplished SF Symphony regular, Sarah Hicks. Sarah was gracious enough to answer some questions about her own musical tastes, as well as her special love of Pixar […]

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Show Review: The Music of John Williams—from Star Wars to Harry Potter!

July 9, 2016

As you can see from the image above, this wasn’t your average night at the symphony. On Thursday, the San Francisco Symphony honored legendary film composer John Williams with a program full of his iconic, award-winning scores. From fantasy epics like Star Wars and Harry Potter, to memorable dramas like Schindler’s List and Lincoln, John Williams has put a musical stamp on […]

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Film Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

July 8, 2016
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Winning cast brings solid laughs to predictable picture Back in the pre-Internet days, an old creative writing teaching technique used to be to have students read the classifieds and generate a short story based on gems they found there. Screenwriters Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien obviously understand the imaginative gold of such an assignment, since, […]

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Film Review: The Secret Life of Pets

July 8, 2016
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Animals run amok in wild, messy, manic children’s film. I don’t really know what the point of The Secret Life of Pets was, but I know that children will love the film. The simple Toy Story-esque premise of ‘what do x do while people are gone’ (in this case where x are pets) is amusing for the first five to ten minutes […]

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