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Our PRESIDIO THEATRE in the Presidio is CLOSED FOREVER, Apparently. – Another Wasted, Shut-Down Building in Frisco

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Here it is, the Presidio Theatre, Building 99, 99 Moraga, The Presidio, 94129:

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It’s been shut down for a while. Here’s how the moribund lobby looked in 2008:

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There was a plan to open it up again, from back in aught-ten for instance:

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…but that plan failed, in part, due to concerns over it competing with other movie theatres about town. So, some interested parties (known as the Xxx Family) donated money to “lobby” against the real Presidio Theatre ever being reopened.

That effort must have worked, ’cause here’s how the Presidio Theatre looks today in 2015:

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So that’s it, Paradise Theatre closed, for good, due to your “friendly,” local, millionaire, theatre-hating, theatre-owning merchants.

On It Goes…

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Filmed in Frisco: “The Net” – Sandra Bullock – 20th Anniversary – MacWorld 1995 – DotCom 1.0 – KTVU’s Elaine Coral & Dennis Richardson

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Here you go: The Net, filmed on location in the 415 for a day or two back in 1995 and released exactly 20 years ago, during the beginnings of  Dotcom 1.0.

The Gist is that quite attractive hackr gurl Sandra Bullock is such is such a social loser that nobody in the world knows who she is, except for her mom with Alzheimer’s and former beau Dennis Leary(!)

So when the bad guys erase her identity, there’s nobody around to prove who she really is. (Man, this movie sucks – it’s a thriller without thrills. I’m glad I’ve never seen it.)

But let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane:

Bennett finally tracks down the net conspiracy to San Francisco, where the HQ of the ‘Cathedral’ corporation is 1 Post Street at Market Street. The climactic ‘Pan-Pacific Computer Convention’ used a real Apple convention at the Moscone Center, Howard Street between Third and Fourth Streets in San Francisco.”

And now, some screen shots.

So single female loser drives a big BMW sedan? I don’t think so, Hollywood, but thanks for heavily featuring the BMW “roundel” propeller logo in every scene that you possibly could. (Was is it her dead boyfriend’s ride? IDK.) And let’s all laugh at the huge “car phones” of the day, but they actually worked better as phones than our “devices” of 2015. And oh yeah, the fuzz is on her back door in this very scene – these days you can get a moving violation ticket for this “primary offense” and KRON TV’s Stanley Roberts would be videoing her for a segment of People Behaving Badly:

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Hey, it’s DR!

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Hey, it’s EC!

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(Those are news readers I recognize, ’cause I’m old. IDK who reads the news these days.)

Oh look, McKesson Plaza! AKA One Post Street. Sadly, the gold letters were covered up by the Hollywood Freaks. Note the crimson red banners for an upcoming AIDS vigil. I’ll tell you, real candlelight vigils can be arresting, a river of light coming at you and stretching out for a half-mile. The one in this movie looked like just another parade.

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And here’s your MacWorld 1995:

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And there you have it.

Have at it if you want.

Area Resident Chris Columbus to Inflict PIXELS Film Upon Us July 24th – Hollywood Destroys Frisco Once Again – New Trailers

Friday, July 10th, 2015

This looks dreadful:

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CGI +

3D +

Sandler =

Dreadful.

Be sure to tell Chris what you think about his new joint if you see him about town…

A Hater’s Guide to the San Francisco Geography of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Realistic Enough, But a Sort of Generic SF

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did I say “hater?” Nah, that’s not the case, as Inside Out is a fine film. But as far as far as portraying a realistic San Francisco, it’s no Big Hero Six.

Let’s get the Lloyd Bentsen-style sanctimony out of the way – let me school this new movie:

Inside Out, I served with Big Hero Six.

I knew Big Hero Six.

Big Hero Six was a friend of mine.

Inside Out, you are no Big Hero Six.

(Big Hero 6 is awesome – it’s geographically correct, for the most part. Check it.)

Now we’ll deal with IO’s moving-to-Frisco scenes.

1. Golden Gate Bridge seen from Marin County – This view is all kinds of messed up, IIRC, and I do.

2. Looking up at GGB from its roadbed – Perfect, almost photorealistic.

3. Foot of Market Street near the Ferry Building. – Perfectly fine.

4. 1000 block of Lombard Street – Cars are too small – it’s never that crowded, actually.

5. Red cable car #25 on Hyde Street? – A generic view, but pretty good.

6. 21 Royal Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 – Well, if you’re on the unit (000) block of an alley that goes up a hill and across a regular street to continue on to the 100 block of the very same alley, well, I think we’re out of luck.

Here’s the alley. The telephone pole and blue Recology garbage / recycling can are true-to-life:

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Now here’s the real-life 21 Allen – it’s as close as I can find.

(Let’s not get into driving and parking – the driver does about average, considering he just blew into town.)

So that’s it – Inside Out shows SF well, but it’s not up to the level of other efforts.

(And oh, speaker of haters, they unloaded gallons of Hater-Ade upon poor, poor Cars 2:

The (mostly false) narrative after that was that Pixar got sequel happy and the quality dipped. Cars 2 was as much a passion project for John Lasseter as a merchandising cash cow, and the film did earn $559m worldwide despite lousy reviews and a low (for Pixar) $191m domestic total.”

Cars 2 is awesome, compared with what people say about poor poor Cars 2. Oh well.)

San Francisco Catches Antman Fever: “Marvel’s Ant-Man – Trailer 1″ – Filmed On Location, Sort Of, Last Year

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Oh, now I get it – San Francisco-based Ant-Man, he’s just a little guy!

Some of the the time, anyway:

Boy, this looks like it’s the start of an extremely generic super-hero series.

But prove me wrong, Marvel.

Prove me wrong.

Here It Is, the First “Full Look” at Marvel’s Ant-Man, Shot in Town Last Year – Can’t See Much of Frisco In It – Release Date is July 17th

Friday, April 10th, 2015

This is what all that fuss was about in the 94117 last year:

Principal photography began on August 18, 2014 in San Francisco, with Russell Carpenter serving as cinematographer.[16] Scenes were scheduled to be shot in the Tenderloin neighborhood and Buena Vista Park.[103]

And then there’s this:

FLASHBACK: Watch a Young Jack Bauer Meet with Dennis Hopper in Front of City Lights Bookstore a Quarter-Century Ago

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Extended Dance Version here – I’m afraid this has become an earworm.]

The film Flashback had bad reviews for the most part, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying 25 year old footage from a pre-streetscaped,* pre-SFMTA* North Beach:

You see, at the beginning Jack Bauer was the uptight one and Dennis Hopper was the hippie – that’s the whole movie.

And it’s the later version of Big Audio Dynamite doing the audio – quite bouncy with plenty of orchestra hits and Rolling Stones samples.

Oh, and note the old-school MUNI bus at 0:03 in the window reflection…

*AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT!

“If I do what I wanted
I just don’t have the time
I want to ride my motorcycle
Into the sunshine

My tv is laughin’
Makin’ me feel small
Like I’m sad in a cell
All I can is these walls
And I never want to see another shopping mall

[Chorus:]
Oh Free
To be what I will
Oh Free
I’ll keep it up till
I’m Free
Or I won’t have nothing at all
(End Chorus)

This is my life
I’m livin it, I will pay
But why should I care about all that today
I need a head start
And I don’t want to stall
Gonna take a bulldozer to break down the walls
And I never want to see another shopping mall

[Chorus:]

And I know ’bout all the graveyards
Tumble-down farms and shacks
I’ve gotta get out on the highway
And I’m not comin’ back
There’s a small town in the mountains where I’ll do my thing
It’s this Credit Card Livin’ I find Stifling
I wanna see the river turning into the falls
Been down for so long now I wanna stand tall
So I’m packing my belongings and fear into my hold-all
And I never wanna see another Shopping Mall
Shopping Mall

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Once we get out of the 80’s the 90’s are gonna make the 60’s look like the 50’s

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Woah! Whew! I aint had a rush like that since the Berkeley Riots!

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It should be kicking in by now

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Ugh. I actually got him.

Oh No, Hollywood Attacks SF Once Again: “PIXELS” Coming July 24th – Golden Gate Bridge in Jeopardy, Again – Sandler!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This PIXELS movie looks absolutely dreadful already:

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I decided that PIXELS will be a horrible movie after seeing this teaser poster and then reading about 14 words into this description:

When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth using the games as models for their various assaults. President William Cooper (Kevin James) calls upon his childhood best friend, former 1980s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), who is now a home theater installer and had a previous relationship with William’s wife (Jane Krakowski) to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.

So, Pac-Man attacking the GGB + Adam Sandler + 3D + 95% Want To See = HORRIBLE.

Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.

“A Coppola Family Affair” is Coming to the Roxie Theatre Dec 19-21 – Expect Big Stars at This Big Benefit

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

All the deets:

Friday, December 19, 2014
A Coppola Family Affair
 
5:30 Pre-“Apocalypse Now” Roxie Benefit Party
 
Join us for wine, micro-brews, signature drink and local bites 
and an opportunity to mingle with one of the team 
behind the award-winning sound design of Apocalypse Now, Richard Beggs.
 
7:30Award-winning Sound Designer Richard Beggs in Conversation with Jim McKee
8:00:  Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW 
 
Tickets to Benefit Party and Friday Screening – $50.00
Space Limited.  Buy Now
Can’t attend but want to support the Roxie?
Donate Here!
 
Richard Beggs is an American sound designer. He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for the film Apocalypse Now. He has worked on over 60 films since 1979. See full bio below.
 
Saturday, December 20, 2014
A Coppola Family Affair
 
2:00pmRoman Coppola In Conversation With Michael Fox
2:30pm: Roman Coppola’s A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III(87min)
 
4:45 Sofia Coppola’s THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (97 min)
Preceded by The Making of The Virgin Suicides, by Eleanor Coppola 
 
    7:30 Eleanor Coppola In Conversation With Michael Fox
    8:00 Eleanor Coppola’s HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE(97mi)
 
Sunday, December 21, 2014
A Coppola Family Affair
 
4:00  Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO, (100 min)
Q&A Afterwards With Gia Coppola and James Franco,
 Moderated by Cheryl Eddy
 
7:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s  APOCALYPSE NOW

“Pixar Canada?” – They Terk Our Jerbs! – How Hollywood-Style Tax Incentives Didn’t Work for Vancouver, British Columbia

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Here’s Exhibit A how about tax incentives for video productions don’t work:

“Disney was drawn to Vancouver by tax incentives, and this closure comes in the wake of British Columbia incentives falling behind those offered by Ontario and Quebec.”

So three years of Pixar Canada were subsidized by Canadian taxpayers and then everybody’s laid off from Pixar Canada. How could anyone spin this fiasco into some kind of victory? IDK

Without subsidies, you’d expect these Pixar jobs to be in Emeryville (where Pixar is the city’s #1 employer) or Los Angeles.

Anyway, this is all news to me. Perhaps it’s news to you…