Arts + Culture
After their draw with South Africa, Mexico needed a win, and for more than a morale boost. As soon as the Mexico v. France match ended, the horns of celebration started up in the Mission. If you don't have a team yet, Mexico is a good choice if only for the sheer joy in the Mission when the team wins. The Mission was in full-on celebration mode for about an hour. Mexico's next match is against Uruguay on Tuesday, June 22, so call in to work with car trouble or food poisoning and find a bar open for the match at 7am PST. Mexico only needs a draw to advance. Video after the jump...
Seriously, if you're in your 20s and 30s and still don't know all the words to the songs (and the dialogue, for that matter) in the iconic movie musical, Grease, then I'm afraid that I'll need more proof that you haven't been living under a rock. You still have a few hours to clear your evening schedules for a dusk showing of the film at Dolores Park, the first of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation's Film Night in the Park series. Bundle up, bring a picnic dinner, and get ready to sing at the top of your lungs. I'm especially looking forward to John Travolta's pelvic thrusts in "Grease Lightning" and Olivia Newton-John's pitch-perfect rendition of "Hopelessly Devoted" (also a karaoke standby for me).
Jonah Hex, who first appeared in the pages of DC Comics in 1971, may not boast the same marquee value as DC colleagues Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. But, after several cancellations and subsequent resurrections, the half-dead bounty hunter has found new life on the big screen, as the titular antihero of director Jimmy Hayward’s latest adventure.
Although Hex’s failure to earn a huge following in print must have tempered expectations for the movie’s box-office potential, it afforded Hayward and star Josh Brolin some creative latitude in their depiction of a hard-drinking former Confederate soldier determined to avenge the murder of his wife and child.
The San Francisco International LGBT Festival enters its first weekend with a full slate of screenings scheduled at the Castro, Roxie and Victoria theaters. Elsewhere, two of the year's strongest offerings to date – Winter's Bone and The Oath – arrive at the city's Landmark cinemas. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently playing at an indie theater near you.
1. Winter's Bone
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week
Laura Poitras is no stranger to conflict. After making her directorial debut in 2003 with Flag Wars, a provocative examination of tensions stirred by urban gentrification in Columbus, Ohio, Poitras traveled to Iraq for her 2006 follow-up, the Oscar-nominated documentary My Country, My Country, in which she monitored America’s occupation during a six-month period leading to the 2005 national election.
Has Pixar set the bar too high? There’s nothing really wrong with Toy Story 3 – on the contrary, there’s so much right that it would be tempting to overlook its shortcomings altogether. But we get paid for full-service reviews, so it is with slight hesitation that I applaud the conclusion of a memorable trilogy.
Why the misgiving? Everything would appear to be in place. Pixar once again has created a spectacle unlike any other, unsurpassed in its visual brilliance and in the richness of detail evident in its characters and the world they inhabit. It is a movie that demands repeat viewings, as the intricacies of its artwork can’t be appreciated fully in a single sitting.
James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister – a BBC-produced period drama about an English gentlewoman who prefers the fairer sex – opens Frameline34, the 2010 edition of the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, tonight at the Castro Theatre. Tickets for the 7 p.m. screening are no longer available for online purchase, but those eager to attend can try their luck at the Castro box office.