Posts Tagged ‘film’

Twin Peaks Update: How Things Look Since the Most Recent Murder and Before the Nighttime Road Shutdown

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Well, here’s your background – just keep reading down.

Photographer Ed French was killed in July 2017.

And here’s the latest:

SF Leaders Consider Proposal to Close Twin Peaks at Nighttime – By Terry McSweeney

(Of course, people would still go up atop Twin Peaks, but not with their cars, so that would certainly lower the SFPD / RPD workload.)

Impressions: Sunrise

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Here’s where one of the gates could go, on Twin Peaks Blvd. The 30 MPH speed limit seems a tad on the high side, but there you go:

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And here’s where the SFPD hangs out – you can pretty much see everybody who comes and goes from this spot:

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And here’s your greeting these days:

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Repeating endlessly:

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Speaking of which, here’s your broken auto glass report. I think I saw strong evidence of at least three break-ins last time I was up there:

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And:

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And:

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This is quite an improvement from earlier this summer, when all the broken glass really stood out on the newly laid macadam. So a rate of about 1000 break ins per year has dropped a lot, due to the heightened SFPD presence.

The popo aren’t up there now as much as in August 2017, but they’re still up there.

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As are your shutterbugs:

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All over, actually:

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Hey, did this woman sleep overnight on the less-trafficked, “car-free” side of this hill? IDK. She looked like a sleepyhead when I saw her one morning:

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So there you have it. I can understand why it’s easier for SFGov to just throw its hands up and say, “Screw it, let’s put up some gates on TPB.”

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As for whether that’s the best course of action, well, that’s up to you, Gentle Reader.

Yes, You Caught Me at the 4 STAR, But I was There to See COLUMBUS – Not VENGENIC LOVE, No Way Man

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

TBH, I don’t know what any of these flicks are aboot, eh?

Turns out VENGENC LOVE is a Nicolas Kim Coppola (or Nick Cage if you want the benefits of LALA-LAND NEPOTISM without the baggage) vehicle called VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY. It has a worldwide gross of $4,526 so far, so you know it’s gotta be good.

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(He used to have a place on Franklin what was uglified by the addition of garage space for car parking. I bumped into his nanny at Bix one time – I guess she’d take his kids there for french fries, as if it were McDonalds.)

Anywho, the last time our 4 Star Theatre had an actual four stars was back in 2013, oh well.

In conclusion, you can’t say this place don’t have character. Enjoy it while it lasts…

5TH JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL Runs September 1-10, 2017 at NEW PEOPLE Cinema – Free Showing of Miyazaki Doc

Friday, August 4th, 2017

All the deets:

“5TH JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO

September 1-10, 2017 at NEW PEOPLE Cinema

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 1, 2017 – The 5th Annual JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO will be held at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in September 1-10, 2017. Premiere screenings of the latest Japanese live-action and animation films, special appearances and Q&A sessions with filmmakers are planned. Also, the film festival will present the JFFSF Honorary Award 2017 to Actor and Director Kaori Momoi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Ghost In the Shell). The award ceremony will take place at the J-POP SUMMIT 2017 main stage at the Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture on the second weekend, Saturday, September 9th at 2pm.

Tickets are $15. Festival Passport is $150 (This passport allows full priority access to all films at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, but does not include admission to J-POP SUMMIT 2017, taking place in Fort Mason Center on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday 10th, 2017 for two days. J-POP SUMMIT tickets available here) Quantity is limited.

For additional ticket information, please visit the www.jffsf.org or email info@jffsf.org. Please pick up your tickets at Will Call at the entrance of NEW PEOPLE during the festival week. Bring your confirmation e-ticket with barcode and a valid photo I.D.

The complete program for the festival can be found below.

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SF Board of Supervisors President London Breed Gets Second Billing in a Banksy Documentary?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Here we go, from the LA Weekly:

Director: Colin M. Day
Cast: Banksy, London Breed, Michael Cuffe, Ben Eine
Writer: Éva Boros
Distributor: Parade Deck Films

And here’s a screen grab:

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Now one problem with these credits, is that BANKSY ISN’T IN THIS DOC AT ALL. I mean that’s the whole thing, we’re not supposed to know what he looks like.

And London doesn’t get a lot of screen time either. I’m thinking less than a minute.

Now there is an idea called PROTOCOL ORDER, which has to do with who gets top billing* at some meet-up and what to do if there’s a tie, so yeah, the film is about Banksy so he’s listed #1, and then London Breed is the highest ranking elected official, so this might kind of make sense to somebody. But not to me.

And it looks like London doesn’t even make the FULL CAST list on IMDB, but she does have her own inchoate IMDB entry so go figure.

In other news, the Haight Street Rat is back, in a way. I don’t know how involved the property owner was with that, and I also don’t know if SFGov views the new rat as art, graffiti, or something in betwixt.

*Ginger’s agent told her that Gilligan’s Island was going to be about a castaway movie star plus six nobodies, basically Snow White and the Six Dwarves. She got steamed after she realized it’d be pretty much an ensemble cast with Big G the main star.

Transformers 6 Now Filming in Peacock Gap, San Rafael – We’re Paying $22 Million for “Bumblebee” – Code Name: “Brighton Falls”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

So some people are calling this joint “Transformers 6,” but it’s more of an offshoot, a part of the Transformers Universe, hence the name Transformers Universe: Bumblebee.

Our North Bay MSM is on the case. See?

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Who knows where they will film next in the bay area. Could be Frisco, why not? (Well, why not if you don’t factor in our $14 an hour minimum wage, which the Hollywood set still can’t wrap its head around.)

Hey, speaking of money, we’re paying $22 million for this production? Ouch. But here’s the pitch:

“Canada provides large tax credits to production companies for shooting up there, which has resulted in an enormous loss of productions to Canada from California, taking with them all their salaries and taxes. By California providing credits it creates balance and ensure that productions, which inject huge sums of money into the local economy through equipment, hotel and home rentals, wages, sales taxes and more, stay in California. Productions also provide large numbers of jobs for PAs, ADs, DPs etc… Since the average cost of filming often exceeds $1 million a day, you can see how much having these productions shot in Marin, or California, feeds back into our economy. It’s one of the best investments we can make, as Hollywood is an enormous part of our state economy.”

I’m sorry, what a load of horse shit that was. Now here’s the reality, from the House Organ of Hollywood:

Film Tax Incentives Are a Giant Waste of Money, New Study Finds

Yep yep.

Now lately, Transformers movies have mostly been made for China. I’m srsly. (We can talk about this, if you want.) So why not have the People’s Republic of China pay for this movie instead of the tax and fee payers of California, one wonders.

And better yet, why not just film the whole deal over in China as well? Just asking.

However, this film will be Michael Bay-free, so who knows, it might end up being perfectly cromulent. It’s a live-action Iron Giant with a female lead, right?

Filming is supposed to wrap by November 15th, 2017. Hopefully, if you aspire to be an extra, you and your friends can hop on the gravy train and somehow make some cash from this production.

And what of the future? There are currently 13 other Transformers films in development. I’m srsly.

Play us out, Bobby Bolivia. Play us out, Bumblebee:

Something New: Checkpoint Charlie Atop Twin Peaks – SFPD “Community Policing” of a Sort

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I’ve been up to Twin Peaks seven days out of the past eight – this is the first I’ve seen anything like this:

There was an SFPD presence up here even before the killing of last week, but it has stepped up quite a bit now.

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VIDEO: San Francisco police step up patrols on Twin Peaks after 71-year-old man murdered by thieves

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Just as the HAIGHT STREET RAT Coincided with EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, The New Copy Coincided with SAVING BANKSY

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

You know, more or less.

So, The Rat of 2010 appeared in conjunction with Exit Through the Gift Shop as The Rat of 2017 appeared with Saving Banksy.

Look for an appearance from … San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed(!) in the newer movie.

I guess the new crew didn’t have red paint:

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And where Banksy said “I,” the new crew says, “WE,” right?

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There’s your Rodent Marketing Update for 2017

Al Gore Returns to Frisco July 24th – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at the Castro – 37th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

“FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE TO ATTEND SCREENING OF “AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER” AT THE 37TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2017 – The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is pleased to announce that former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore will be in attendance for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s (SFJFF) screening of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, the highly anticipated sequel to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.

The screening will take place Monday, July 24 at the Castro Theatre at 7:30 pm as the final film as part of the festivals’ fourth annual Take Action Day, a full day dedicated to community action. The film will also serve as the Local Spotlight film in celebration of Bay Area based filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

All the deets:

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China’s THE GREAT WALL Film is 60% White Dudes, Apparently – Don’t Miss MATT DAMON

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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American Beauty-Style “Dancing Bag” Appears at 3rd and Market – It was Roundly Ignored by Passersby, Oh Well

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Somebody(ies) was horsing around with a plastic bag yesterday, but nobody noticed AFAICS.

You know, like in American Beauty

First it was all like this:

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And then it was all like this:

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Next time I see this, I’ll have video for you, Gentle Reader.

Sadly it was NOT the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed…