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Big Screen Berkeley: Sextette

Mae West keeps her eye on the prize in Sextette This week, Berkeleyside’s film writer John Seal looks at a movie he recommends you check out on DVD. “Why are you watching this?” If you’re at all like me, you’ve been asked this question on more than one occasion in your life. Thankfully, I always […]

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Big Screen Berkeley: Micmacs

Dominique Pinon prepares to blast off in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs I promised something a bit more highbrow for this week’s column, and I’m a man of my word: though Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s new film, Micmacs (currently screening at the Shattuck Cinemas) won’t be mistaken for a Merchant-Ivory production or an Alain Resnais head-scratcher, it features neither […]

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Big Screen Berkeley: Ladybug Ladybug

Promotional poster for Ladybug Ladybug This week, Berkeleyside’s film writer John Seal looks at a movie he recommends you check out on DVD. Many film fans have at least a passing acquaintance with director Frank Perry’s first production, 1962’s bittersweet boy meets girl in a sanitarium drama David and Lisa. That film was the first […]

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Big Screen Berkeley: Locally Grown Produce

Tear Gas in Law Enforcement Sometimes you’ll find locally grown produce in the most unexpected and unusual places. Take, for example, a little industrial film entitled Tear Gas in Law Enforcement. Recently aired late one night on television’s best channel — Turner Classic Movies — this 25-minute film was (according to its prologue) ‘designed to […]

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Big Screen Berkeley: Exit Through the Gift Shop — a two-finger salute to craven art-world poseurs?

The less you know about Exit through the Gift Shop before you see it, the more you’ll appreciate it. Of course, if you go into the film expecting to learn anything about its purported subject, you’ll probably be bitterly disappointed. Directed by guerrilla artist Banksy, the film is, ostensibly, both a behind the scenes look […]

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Big Screen Berkeley: The Eclipse

Iben Hjejle and Ciaran Hinds in The Eclipse Director-writer Conor McPherson’s new film The Eclipse is almost impossible to classify:  blending elements of drama, romantic comedy, and horror, it offers appeal to a wide range of filmgoers. Unfortunately, the film’s aversion to easy pigeon-holing also means marketing it is no easy task: The Eclipse is […]