Gordon Elgart

The Insiders’ Guide to the Treasure Island Music Festival (Updated for 2016)

October 10, 2016

This weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival has quickly become my favorite musical event of the year. There are no conflicting set times, so you can see everyone on the bill. The size of the festival is fairly small, so it’s easy to get around. The setting in the middle of San Francisco Bay is absolutely […]

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Film Review: Kicks

September 9, 2016

A promising start that never elevates to excellence during its running time.   Kicks starts off with Brandon, our lead character, introducing us to his wishes of being in space, where he no longer gets chased around the neighborhood and can live in perfect quiet. His dreams are accompanied by visions of a man (or woman) […]

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Film Review: Neon Demon

June 24, 2016

What an amazing movie. Parts of it may repulse you. Go see it anyway. Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t care what you think about his movies. He makes films without traditional plots, and with a fair measure of gruesome violence. He believes himself so important that he uses a little NRW monogram under the title card of […]

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Film Review: A Bigger Splash

May 20, 2016

The impossibility of getting away from it all, rendered beautifully Sometimes you want to go to the movies and see four actors doing amazing work in a wonderful film. That’s what you’re going to get when you see Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash.  This is a movie with layers of meaning, with people saying things when […]

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Show Review: Rogue Wave with Cellar Doors at Starline Social Club, 5/5/2016

May 6, 2016

Oakland’s hometown heroes, indie rockers Rogue Wave released their new album, Delusions of Grand Fur, last week, and to celebrate, they’re playing a weekend of Bay Area shows. Tonight was their first one, at the relatively new venue, The Starline Social Club. It was the band’s first show in three years, and they’re first in Oakland […]

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Film Review: Ratchet and Clank

April 29, 2016

Like a bunch of cut scenes without any of that fun video game stuff The Ratchet and Clank series of video games have long contained the best cut scenes and voice acting of any games of their type. From the very first game on the PS2, the strong characterizations and fun action have made for consistently entertaining […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: Lily Cato of Parlour Tricks

March 16, 2016

The album Broken Hearts/Broken Bones was a nominee for Spinning Platters album of the year in 2015. Its combination of classic girl group harmonies, soaring melodies and dance driven beats truly defies description; even the band themselves know this to be true. The band is hitting the road this month with veteran rocker Electric Six, and […]

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Film Review: Deadpool

February 12, 2016

The Mad Libs of comic book movies. This one’s for the fans. The journey to theaters for Deadpool has been a long one. Ryan Reynolds played the titular character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as a silent but deadly killer, which misses the entire thrust of the character. This character is a wisecracking, violent character known as “The […]

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Film Review: Zoolander 2

February 12, 2016

Yet another piece of evidence that comedy sequels don’t work. Zoolander 2 (also seen in some advertising as 2oolander or Zoolander No. 2) starts with an exciting chase scene. Some mysterious figures on motorcycles are chasing a man in a hooded sweatshirt. They catch up to him in an alleyway, and riddle him with bullets. As he takes […]

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SF Sketchfest Review: We Got This With Mark and Hal

January 19, 2016

The podcast, “We Got This With Mark and Hal,” has a very simple concept. Mark Gagliardi (Drunk History, Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Hal Lublin (Welcome to Night Vale, Thrilling Adventure Hour) get on the microphone and settle the most important disputes of our times, and some other ones. Episodes include “Sweet or Sour pickles,” “Worst […]

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