While Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs challenged viewers either to embrace Dustin Hoffman’s passive mathematician as a man of non-violent principle or deride him as cowardly and hypocritical, Rod Lurie’s remake, which replaces Hoffman with James Marsden as a mild-mannered screenwriter bullied by brutish hillbillies, dispenses with the ambiguities and – ta-da! – misses the point.
Last week at the Ferry Building, I spotted Sophie and Kelley Hoang -- sisters with two very different styles. Sophie, who was in town from Huntington Beach, had a very LA, beachy-hip look going, while her Kelley was more appropriately dressed for the ever unpredicatble weather we're blessed with in SF.
Courtney Durler is a Headlsburg native, who's been enjoying summer break with weekend play in SF. I caught her while shopping at the Ferry Building, and noticed her fun, festival girl look.
If Topher Grace seems a natural fit in Take Me Home Tonight, an ’80s-themed coming-of-age comedy in which he plays an underachieving M.I.T. grad stuck in a dead-end job at the mall, the reasons could be twofold.
For one, Grace, 32 – who chose the nickname “Topher” over his birth name, Christopher – starred for eight years in That ’70s Show, the TV comedy in which he played Eric Forman, a bright but directionless teen hanging out with his hapless friends and struggling to find his way in the world. Matt Franklin, his character in Tonight, could be Eric a decade removed.