Posts Tagged ‘film’

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:

An Oddity: A Big Rig-Style Smokestack Atop a Van Assisting With the Heist Production in Haight Ashbury

Friday, April 10th, 2015

First up, some signage to learn the locals that our Dear Leader is fully on board with the production of this heist movie, so step off, hippies:

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And is this a rolling coal diesel exhaust coming out of this van parked on Stanyan, the better to power a phalanx of electronic gear?

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Sure looks that way.

I’ve never seen a smokestack on the top of a van before…

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…


“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

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


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.

Look Who Else was Doing Chalk Ads on the Sidewalks of San Francisco: Paramount Pictures – “What is CLOVERFIELD? 1-18-08”

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This one flew under the radar, AFAIK:

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Seven years later, here in 2015, you can’t get away this kind of thing anymore…

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.

Explaining Why the “Haight Street Rat” Isn’t “as close as you can get to the intention that Banksy had”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Here it is, back in 2010. That greenish building that used to be a bank housed Villains Vault at the time:

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Detail, camera left:

Und camera right:

A thin red line connects these two elements, one assumes.

Here’s the update:

Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ graffiti holes up in an S.F. gallery by Rachel Howard

Now let’s say that Banksy caught Villains Vault displaying and selling unlicensed Banksy reprints as well as stuff from other street artists, you know, flagrantly, back in 2010. So then Banksy was all enough is enough, so he was all THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.

And then he drew the line.

So really, the line is the piece, instead of the rat, right?

So if you just have the rat, you’re missing part of the story, right?

So it’s not just The Rat In The Hat Comes Back, right? I’m not saying that Banksy is all that deep but he’s deeper than a simple put-a-beret-on-it.

Now I understand why that KRON guy just went for the rat, but to do this job “as close as you could get to the intention Banksy had,” you’d have gotten the rest of the piece.

Just saying.

Or, IOW:

“The original Haight Street Rat stencil is a beret-wearing rat clutching a marker and a red line that extends from the rat to the neighboring building on the corner of Haight Street and Belvedere Street. On the adjacent building, the rat has seemingly written the text “THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE” in red which can be seen from the street above a clothing store that allegedly took street artists’ works and printed them on T-shirts and other apparel for sale without giving the artists any credit or revenue.”


“Named the Haight Street Rat for its placement atop a Victorian building on Haight Street, the stenciled rat clutching a red marker is now neatly framed and displayed in a location entirely unlike the one in which it was created: the lobby of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A., the city’s tallest tower and perhaps its most conspicuous symbol of capitalism. It’s a baffling venue for a piece of site-specific street art that initially wrapped across two buildings…

20th Anniversary of the Biggest Thing in Bay Area Surfing History: “Jay Moriarity – Insane Wipeout at Mavericks”

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Here it is, The Legacy of Jay [Moriarity], Surfer Magazine

“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
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
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