Lost: “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2″

I called it back in January. The man in the coffin. “Jeremy Bentham.”

(Spoilers after the jump)

Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear


‘Sex and the City’: The Four Sisters of Commodification Ride Again

By Jessica Fromm

Sex and the City, the seminal ladies-who-lunch HBO series turned watered-down TBS syndication cash cow, is brought to the big screen with all the drama, glitz, consumer spots and bad puns that you would expect. And hordes of women [...]

Kim Novak, Beyond Vertigo

All hail, Vertigo, which premiered 50 years ago this May and remains one of the greatest movies ever made. Although the film was supposedly a disappointment at the box office, it clearly influenced a few films of the time. There’s Portrait in Black, for instance, from 1960, with Lana Turner driving around San Francisco in [...]

We were ugly, and our mothers dressed us funny

Hideous polyester relics of the Lemon Frog* shop. Warning: These images from the 1973 Sears catalogue are not for the sensitive, or for those who are eating. *How to make the name of your swinging psychedelic boutique, band or disco: combine fruit or other form of food with animal. Example: Grapefruit Wombat, Pineapple Tapeworm, Tangelo [...]

Recovering From SFIFF 51

For the two weeks leading up to the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival and the two weeks of the festival itself, I practically killed myself watching and writing about movies, and I still came up a couple films shy of my personal festival record (having a 2-year-old in the house doesn’t help; he [...]

Garcia Girls—Worth the Wait

Some movies hang around too long in the can (three years in this case) and then pop up when you least expect it. That’s too bad in the case of How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, a movie that deserved better. With luck, it will last long enough to pick up a decent audience.Metroactive.com’s [...]

Edward G. Robinson Explains It All

KFJC-FM 89.7′s may fling is called Mayhem (which runs through May 19 at the Los Altos station), which is when the DJs play whatever they feel like. I keep the station glued to it, even if some of the programs are a little greater in concept than they are in practice. A program on “Pretty [...]

Lost: “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1″

Part one of the two-part season finale, “There’s No Place Like Home,” barely delves into the most intriguing aspect of last week’s captivating “Cabin Fever,” Locke’s plan to move the island (they’re saving that one for next time). The hour functions more as setup for what’s bound to be a gripping two-hour installment that the [...]

Baffling NASA press release

May 7, NASA issued a press release to say that Wednesday (May 14) at 1pm Eastern Time (that’s 10am here, I think) they were going to announce that some galactic “object” they’ve been looking for for 50 years has been found. Very enigmatic. If they discovered intelligent life, would they put a stupid press embargo on it [...]

Iron Ma’am

You’ve seen it, yes? If not, here it is. Pretty P.C., in my view, since what it’s mocking is the kind of more sophisticated tranny comedy that died with Billy Wilder.