Adventures in Movie Marketing

At this year’s Cinequest film festival in San Jose, one of the filmmakers’ panels included some intriguing—and distressing—talk about this year’s buzzword, “viral marketing.” One suggestion for flogging an indie film included inviting bloggers who write about film to get in at the beginning and visit the set and watching the making of a [...]

Quantum of Solace outline, for Bondgeeks

For all the Bond fans who can’t wait, here’s some teasers from Sony’s description of the upcoming installment, which is due Nov. 7.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) in CASINO ROYALE. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, [...]

Attn culture vultures: CreMasterCard announced in Artillery mag

Excerpts from Artillery magazine, March/April 2008 by Josh Herman.

Dear Mr. Occupant:
Congratulations! You’ve been Pre-Approved for the credit card that dozens of clueless artists love: the CreMasterCard from VaselyneTM! Matthew Barney and his five-part, 398-minute epic film The Cremaster Cycle, comes to brilliant 2-D life on these petroleum jelly-made plastic cards …
UNIQUE DESIGN: The CreMasterCard comes [...]

Art in L.A.—Part 2

Since there’s more to L.A. and Hollywood than the movie industry …

The Geffen Museum down in L.A.’s Japantown used to be known as the Temporary Contemporary, back when the idea of a new museum of modern art—you know, the kind San Francisco and San Jose need desperately—had neither finances or a structure. Now [...]

Charlton Heston 1924-2008

(Heston and Welles in Touch of Evil)

Out, out, thou strumpet, Fortune! All you gods,

In general synod ‘take away her power;

Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,

And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven,

As low as to the fiends!’

Thinking of the fate of [...]

In a Stones Age


The new Martin Scorsese/Rolling Stones movie, Shine a Light, opens today, April 4, and please hold all those “when dinosaurs roamed the Earth” jokes—we’ve heard them a million times. Is it as good as Gimme Shelter or the rarely seen Cocksucker Blues? Probably not, but that was then and this is now. [...]

San Francisco International Film Festival on Its Way

OK, the San Francisco Film Festival runs April 24-May 8, with 177 films, of which 94 are features; 49 countries are represented. For the first time in as long as I can remember, this year they’re not touching down in Palo Alto, though an unspecified one-night event is coming to the South Bay (more [...]

Seinfeld reference strikes again

I swore I wasn’t going to keep track of any more “life imitates Seinfeld” moments, but I can’t help myself. A follower of this blog alerted me to a prime example. In the ongoing farce-trial in Oakland of Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the prosecution got the defendant to admit [...]

Let’s Look at Paintings in L.A.!

Before going over the roster of my six-day, five-museum trip to L.A., I’d like to plug Dave’s Chillin and Grillin. It’s easy to say, “I’ll never go to Eagle Rock!” Friends, even Barack Obama ended up in Eagle [...]