Posts Tagged ‘Pleasant Hill’

East Bay Superbowl Party Update: Hitchhikers Stand Next to Freeway On-Ramps to Get Lifts

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Never seen this in the 415.

But if you don’t have a car or some kind of vehicle, you need all the help you can get trying to get around in the Great Big East Bay, right?

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Sorry, heading south, maybe next time…

Here’s What You Do: Go See “Animal Kingdom” at the Red Vic on Haight Tonight

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Boy, you people really stayed away from this movie when it was released earlier this year. Oh well.

Anyway, the Red Vic is showing it today, so there you go.

This one is oppressive. Each of its 122 minutes is bleak, but you got to love the beginning (the first five minutes especially), the ending, and everything inbetwixt.

Well then, here’s the consensus: “With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.”

O.K. then. But now let’s hear from those who don’t like/love AK.

Here are the three people so far who didn’t cotton to Animal Kingdom:

Moving Pictures magazine. Granted, no one could miss the King of the Jungle lion metaphor. Maybe it’s a bit heavy-handed, but the movie only spends about 2% of its time on it and I liked the scene with the still photos of masked robbers and the one depicting the Outback as African savannah. And those rifles you saw were actually handguns.

The Village Voice. All right, but they’re his uncles, not his cousins. Pay attention, dude.

Slant magazine. So, if you didn’t like the “laughably operatic slow-mo and portentous orchestral music” I can see how that could ruin this picture for you, but I didn’t find it laughable at all. And, by the way, where’s your Sundance Grand Jury Award, pal? O.K then.

Anyway, everybody else in the world thinks this film is excellent.

You Got to Go See Animal Kingdom, that New Crime Family Film from Australia – Opens Friday

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Boy, this one is oppressive. Each of its 122 minutes is bleak, but you got to love the beginning (the first five minutes especially), the ending, and everything inbetwixt.

So stop reading and make plans:

Opening in August 20:

Metreon and Clay [Perhaps your last chance to see a movie here as it’s closing down at the end of August] in San Francisco
Shattuck in Berkeley

Opening in August 27:

Sequoia in Mill Valley
Cinearts in Palo Alto
Century 5 in Pleasant Hill
Santana Row in San Jose

Oh, that’s not enough to get you to buy your tickets today?

Well then , here’s the consensus: “With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.”

O.K. then. But now let’s hear from those who don’t like/love AK.

Here are the three people so far who didn’t cotton to Animal Kingdom:

Moving Pictures magazine. Granted, no one could miss the King of the Jungle lion metaphor. Maybe it’s a bit heavy-handed, but the movie only spends about 2% of its time on it and I liked the scene with the still photos of masked robbers and the one depicting the Outback as African savannah. And those rifles you saw were actually handguns.

The Village Voice. All right, but they’re his uncles, not his cousins. Pay attention, dude.

Slant magazine. So, if you didn’t like the “laughably operatic slow-mo and portentous orchestral music” I can see how that could ruin this picture for you, but I didn’t find it laughable at all. And, by the way, where’s your Sundance Grand Jury Award, pal? O.K then.

Anyway, everybody else in the world thinks this film is excellent.

You will too.