Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 9/11/14-9/17/14

September 9, 2014

Thursday, September 11th

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Spinning Platters Interview: Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig & Craig Johnson, “The Skeleton Twins”

September 9, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQJ6vb-Pzb8

At the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, I sit with a group of other writers around a table as the audible antics begin approaching outside the door.  SNL veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, along with director Craig Johnson, are splitting each others’ sides with jokes and voices.  They are tired and somewhat giddy from a […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 9/4/14-9/10/14

September 4, 2014

Thank you for enjoying the rock.

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Film Review: The Trip to Italy

August 29, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtlEQ6y8Rp8

The boys are back out of town. You know when you think that your conversations with your friends are prime material for a movie, television show, or web series?  Well, 9 times out of 10, your conversations wouldn’t be very entertaining to others.  I’m guilty of this as well.  Thankfully we have Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 8/28/14-9/4/14

August 28, 2014

Summer is nearly over, but there is still plenty to do. Including two really inexpensive, all day music events in the Bay Area for you to celebrate this holiday weekend.

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Film Review: The November Man

August 27, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREIRTyj9Mk

Bond he is not. Bourne he is not. Hunt he is not. Ladies and Gentlemen, The November Man! Pierce Brosnan attempts a return to the spy game in Roger Donaldson’s spy thriller, The November Man.  The film is based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger.  And, wouldn’t you know it, the spies in this film […]

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Film Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

August 22, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iFdPcx0W2w

Stark, Bloody, and two smoking Marvs It’s a little bizarre that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For took this long to get made.  Creative differences, production and casting issues, and the usual onslaught of headlines and rumors supposedly got in the way of this film getting off the ground.  But nearly ten years later, we have […]

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Now in Theaters: Frank/When the Game Stands Tall/If I Stay/Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar

August 22, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-catC4tBVyY

 Frank by Carrie Kahn Loosely inspired by alt rocker Chris Sievey’s stage creation Frank Sidebottom, Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s new film is co-written by Peter Straughan and Jon Ronson, whose memoir details his experiences with Sidebottom. But no knowledge of the film’s backstory is necessary to be utterly delighted by this quirky and very funny […]

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Show Review: Antemasque and Les Butcherettes at Great American Music Hall, 8/12/14

August 21, 2014

There was a point in my life where The Mars Volta were, in my opinion, the most interesting thing in rock. Those first three full length records, De-Loused In The Comatorium, Frances The Mute, and Amputechture were all in heavy rotation while I moved from my early to mid 20’s. These records were the perfect […]

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SF Sketchfest Review: The Benson Interruption of Twilight: Eclipse on 8/16/2014 at Castro Theater

August 19, 2014

The Benson Interruption of Twilight: Eclipse was the second Benson Interruption I have attended, so I know I was in for a lot of silliness and belly laughs from some talented comedians who had never seen the movie before. And that’s exactly what I got, but it was even better and full of even harder belly […]

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