Arts + Culture
It’s no secret that SF’s cityslickers love animation, but the Fifth Annual San Francisco International Animation Festival takes its urban cred to a new level by combining the imaginative works of the animation industry with alterna-pop lyrics and videos. At this four-day event, you’ll see the Gorillaz video for “Stylo” (the first single off Plastic Beach), in which the band will jam onscreen in CGI for the first time. And The Decemberists’ latest, The Hazards of Love, is no longer just for the ears—the entire album will be presented with coinciding animated films. From CGI to Claymation and cutout, it all comes to life on the big screen this Thursday.
It’s a formidable comedy match: Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, reunited for the first time since their years together at Saturday Night Live, each having graduated to movies and, in Fey's case, the Emmy-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, which she created and stars in.
They find themselves gamely butting heads in Megamind, the animated satire in which Ferrell plays the titular super-villain, ordinarily hapless in his attempts to subdue Brad Pitt’s cocksure crime fighter, Metro Man. When one of Megamind's schemes actually pays off, leaving him without a worthy nemesis and Metro City vulnerable, the diabolical genius becomes the unlikely savior of a city in crisis.
It was routine mechanical failures and budgetary restraints, more than divine – marine? – inspiration, that led a young Steven Spielberg to keep his shark from audiences throughout so much of Jaws. In the case of first-time feature director Gareth Edwards, the choice was dictated by necessity: To make a $15,000 movie about monsters, the monsters would have to stay scarce.
Monsters is no Jaws, but the comparison is apt on one level: Edwards, like Spielberg, manages to sustain tension even in the absence of early or frequent payoffs. Rather than unleashing his beasts, Edwards hides them, letting the threat they pose loom in their absence. The shadows are pregnant with peril.
If the East Bay gets too crazy to make it out to the Oakland Art Murmur tonight, get your arts fix at one of our favorites, the very multi-faceted Public Works, this Saturday, November 6th. Take in new works by Nathan Richard Phelps in a collection called Exuberance and dance the night away with fresh DJs who excel in hip hop, dance and dubstep beats.
Earlier this morning, our parking guy David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, challenged you guys to guess which parking violation in SF gets you the costliest ticket. Did you guess correctly?
What is the Most Expensive SF Parking Citation?
A) Parking in a bus zone
B) Misuse of a disabled placard
C) Parking on City Hall Steps
D) Parking on railroad tracks
E) Driving through and parking a parade route
F) Parking less than 15 feet from a fire station