Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Law School Chancellors Reviewing 16-Year-Old Movies: Frank Wu of UC Hastings on Ronin (1998)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Here it is, apropos of nothing, from Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law on the HuffPo.

But we’re not talking about the recent film 47 Ronin, non non.

We’re talking about plain old Ronin, from when you were in elementary school, Gentle Reader.

Now the thing about Dean Frank is that he’s new in town. The things I disagree with him about have to do him embracing certain corrupt local institutions. Of course he sometimes needs to deal with such entities to get his job done, but he doesn’t display an awareness of the fact he’s living in the most corrupt big American city west of Chicago. For instance.

No matter, I entirely agree that Ronin is worth your time. (And I’m shocked that its Rotten Tomatoes score is in the ’60s. This is one of the best films you can see with a rating that low.)

You oughtta watch the whole thing.  

“The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings or Hastings) is a top tier public law school in San Francisco, California, located in the Civic Center neighborhood. Founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California, it was the first law school of the University of California…”

Don’t Call It San FranSokyo! Disney’s Animated “Big Hero 6″ Film Imagines SF as a Japanese City – HD Video Clip

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Well, here you go:

Coming out in late 2014

All the deets

“Big Hero 6 is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy superhero film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.[5] The film will be directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and will be the 54th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Big Hero 6 will be the first Disney animated feature to feature Marvel characters since The Walt Disney Company‘s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009.[6] The film will be released on November 7, 2014[4] byWalt Disney Pictures

Hunger Games, Frisco-Style, Dog Division – President Snow’s Granddaughter and Pooch Delight the Swells of the Capitol

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Oh, I meant Willie Brown’s granddaughter, seen at  the recent “Haute Dog“ contest.

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Meanwhile, the canines of District 12 have nothing to eat…

If only Katniss Barbie could put an end to the Dog Hunger Games.

Actually IRL, part of the reason why we’re going to get the Central Subway to Nowhere in Chinatown and why we’re not going to get public power anytime soon is so that Willie L. Brown Jr. can pass along ever more riches to his progeny by the time he kicks off. It’s so that WB’s granddaughter (and not yours!) can be seen giving the money from AECOM and PG&E and all the others to a “worthy” charity.

You might think that that’s the hallmark of a healthy democracy

And you might favor naming a span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after him.

Or you might not.

OMG, Yosemite is 150 Years Old – See “YOSEMITE, A GATHERING OF SPIRIT” Film at the Cal Academy Feb 15-16

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

All the deets below.

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, for the Spirit of Yosemite Festival and catch a special screening of Ken Burns’ Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit. Screenings at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater. The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-story rainforest, all under one living roof. New and ongoing exhibits and programs offer visitors of all ages fun, engaging opportunities to explore the natural world. All exhibits are included with Academy admission. For tickets visit calacademy.org

Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This act, the first time a government set aside land for public use and enjoyment, gave birth to the national park idea. Yosemite Conservancy partnered with renowned filmmakers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to bring this amazing time in America’s conservation history to life.

A Brief History of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.”

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man festival? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

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I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This big green thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater?”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued, due to what they called a “sneaker wave,” but really it was just kind of a regular wave

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And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Friday, January 23rd, 2014:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

Parkour, Frisco-Style – Are You Brave Enough to Jump from This Tower Crane to This Other Tower Crane?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

You could film a James Bond movie up on top of the tower cranes of San Fran these days.

See?

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I bet you could totally make that jump.

Totally.

ANONYMOUS the Movie Now Filming in Oakland

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Or at least that’s the code name.

On Claremont on the way to Rockridge, where I know people who got mugged the past month or two, just saying*

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*I’m just saying, what the Heck was that from KQED Pop about staying out of East Oakland and West Oakland? So, specific issues here: 1. What’s KQED Pop in the first place? Pop as in popular? Pop as in vapid content? Is it the online branch of KQED? IDK. It seems like a branch of a branch, designed to appeal to the Facebook Generation. And there’s some interaction with The Bold Italic website? Hardly surprising. Did KQED hire consultants to start this thing up? I wonder. 2. The commenters at KQED Pop are saying how the only safe places in Oakland are Piedmont and Rockridge and I’m thinking, yeah, well, Piedmont is a a special case (and it’s not really even in Oakland), and Rockridge, well, as stated, I know multiple people who’ve been mugged there the past couple of months, and sometimes that makes the news but most of the time the overwhelmed and dysfunctional OPD is not even interested in taking a report when you tell them there were no injuries. 3. So, you’re planning on leaving your editing job at the biggest(?) public broadcaster in the land and you(?) greenlight something that’s (obviously) going to piss people off? Connection? IDK. 4. Oh, you want advice from me on how to run your IDEO-designed site? All right, get rid of the very expensive clubhouse, for starters. Oh, and at some point, federal and state tax authorities will take a closer look at your numbers and they just might decide to disallow certain corporate deductions and credits and whathaveyou and then what will you be left with? Mmmmm

You Gotta Go See “The Armstrong Lie,” the Lance-Armstrong-Is-A-Liar Film – It’s Riveting

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it was mesmerizing seeing this jackass up on the big screen, spinning away on clear (and yet not so clear) old-school analog* film.

And he’s still lying about his more recent issues, having to do with the statue of militations. So his big Oprah confession was a lie as well? News to me.

Anyway, this one will stay with you.

Current sked below.

*I think they went with digital for other parts of this movie

601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
2:40‎  ‎5:00‎  ‎7:20pm‎

 

1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
‎6:45‎  ‎9:15pm‎

 

Sleeper! The Horizontal Elevators, the Driverless People-Movers of SFO

Friday, October 25th, 2013

So futuristic!

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OMG, “METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER” to Premiere at 36th Mill Valley Film Festival – Sept 17, $85

Friday, August 30th, 2013
“JAMES HETFIELD, LARS ULRICH, KIRK HAMMETT and ROBERT TRUJILLO TOGETHER IN HOMETOWN MARIN COUNTY FOR U.S. PUBLIC PREMIERE

“METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER”

San Rafael, CA, August 30, 2013 – The Mill Valley Film Festival is excited to announce a special kick-off event in anticipation of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will be on hand to present the U.S. Public Premiere of their new 3D feature film that combines a spectacular arena live performance with a surreal adventure story. Picturehouse’s new release METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER is a feature film starring members of the iconic rock band and emerging young star Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the PinesKill Your DarlingsThe Amazing Spider-Man 2).

In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (PredatorsKontroll) immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica’s most iconic songs – created exclusively for film – combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during the Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena.  The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. Picturehouse will releaseM ETALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER in North America on September 27, 2013exclusively in over 300 IMAX® 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4, 2013.

WHO:             Metallica – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, along with Dane DeHaan and Nimród Antal

WHAT:            METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER Pre Festival Screening
U.S. Public Premiere
Followed by on-stage interview and audience Q&A, moderated by Mark Fishkin, Executive Director, California Film Institute and Founder, Mill Valley Film Festival

WHEN:           Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

WHERE:        Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

TICKETS:        $85 General Admission. For ticket information please visit                                                www.mvff.com

About the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival 
Presented by the California Film Institute, the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival runsOctober 3-13, 2013 at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael), and other venues throughout the Bay Area.

The internationally acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festival is greatly anticipated by cinema aficionados and film industry professionals alike, is well known for the quality of its programming, and is considered a major launching pad for the annual awards season.  It has established an impressive track record for launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by offering a high-profile, prestigious, noncompetitive environment for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF holds the distinction of presenting premieres of four of the last five films that have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Argo).

Each year, the 11-day Festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing over 50 countries from around the world. Festival sections include: World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; 5@5, a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative. Gala celebrations, tributes to actors and filmmakers, workshops, panels and seminars, as well as opportunities to mingle with filmmakers in the spectacular setting of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a few of the reasons Screen International named Mill Valley one of its top 10 US film festivals.
Tickets are $14.00 (CFI Members, $11.50), unless otherwise noted and are available for purchase starting on September 8 for CFI or MVFF Fast Pass holders, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactors only; September 9 for Director’s Circle and above; September 10 for Gold Star and above; September 12 for all CFI Members only and September 14 for the general public. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.mvff.com or call 877.874.MVFF (6833).

About Metallica
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991′s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone.  Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.  The band recently celebrated its 30th-Anniversary with a week’s worth of Fan Club concerts at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA.  In 2012, they announced the launch of Orion Music + More, an annual two-day festival curated and headlined by the band.  Last summer, Metallica played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City and unveiled a brand new stage in that contained iconic elements that spanned its 30+ year career.  The stage is featured in the upcoming film Metallica Through the Never which will be released this fall.  Metallica is currently on a run of dates throughout Asia and recently set the record for the fastest sell out concert by a Western band at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.  For more information please visitwww.metallica.com.

About the California Film Institute
The nonprofit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, film distribution by CFI Releasing, and building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through the CFI Education program. For more information www.cafilm.org or (415) 383-5256.

Supporters
As a nonprofit arts organization, CFI relies on the generosity of its community to sustain not only the Festival, but also the year-round programs of the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. The invaluable support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors ensures our continued success as we celebrate our 36th year.

CFI is once again proud to acknowledge the leadership support of Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith, and the continued major support of Jennifer Coslett MacCready, Ken and Jackie Broad Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, the Christine Zecca Foundation and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. We are also fortunate to have the continued contributions of the following Major Sponsors of the Mill Valley Film Festival: Wells Fargo, Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan Insurance Services, Frantoio Ristorante and Olive Oil Co., Zaentz Media Center/A Wareham and Development.