Category Archive: Film

Apr 15 2014

“They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people.”

noah still

Ari Handel, co-screenwriter of the movie “Noah,” on why the cast was all-white: From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be …

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Sep 09 2013

“Hug an Atheist,” and the 5th Atheist Film Festival, Sept. 14

I’ve been watching a preview of the “Hug an Atheist” documentary with great pleasure. A not unbiased pleasure, obviously — it’s hard to be unbiased about a movie that you’re actually in — but I think I would enjoy this movie tremendously even if I weren’t in it. It’s a pretty straight-up talking-heads documentary — …

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Jul 29 2013

5th Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco, Sept. 14!


Mark your calendars! The 5th Atheist Film Festival is going to be in San Francisco on Saturday, September 14, at the Roxie Theater (3117 16th St., a block from the 16th and Mission BART station). Festival passes are on sale now! (Tickets for individual films will go on sale August 14.) There’ll also be a …

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Apr 04 2013

Roger Ebert, 1942-2013


I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same …

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Feb 26 2013

Comedy Does Not Win a Free Pass: Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars


I am sick to death of the idea that “it’s just comedy” somehow gives you a free pass when you’re saying things that are racist and sexist. And I am sick to death of the idea that any transgression of social norms — no matter what those norms are, or why they exist — automatically …

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Jan 31 2013

Polyamory, Pop Culture, and Propaganda: “Yes, We’re Open”

Yes We're Open poster

So when people making movies/ TV shows etc. are depicting the lives of some misunderstood/ marginalized group that doesn’t get depicted in pop culture very much… what responsibilities do they have? If any? I saw this movie last night, “Yes, We’re Open”: an indie small-budget comedy (available on DVD and download) about a San Francisco …

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Dec 17 2012

The first rule of Hug Club…

Over on Twitter, Sasha Pixlee (@sashapixlee) tweeted this: Lets make something like fight club but for hugging. (Here is the original that this is satirizing, for those who aren’t familiar with it.) So I immediately came up with these: 1st rule of Hug Club: Let’s talk about Hug Club a lot! 2nd rule of Hug …

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Sep 18 2012

The Zen of Outlaw Movies

Bonnie and Clyde movie poster

Ingrid and I were watching Bonnie and Clyde tonight, which she had never seen and I hadn’t seen in years. It struck me, watching it again, that, despite all the violence, in some ways it’s a very Zen movie. And it occurred to me that there’s a similar Zen quality to lots of outlaw movies. …

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Aug 09 2012

Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco This Saturday!

The Atheist Film Festival is happening in San Francisco this Saturday, August 11! But you probably surmised that from the headline. I can’t sneak anything past you people… An all-day Festival Pass is just $45 in advance ($50 at the door) and gives you access to 7 feature films and two shorts programs. Individual tickets …

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Jul 12 2012

Atheist Film Festival Tickets Now On Sale!

Atheist Film Festival

Tickets for the fourth annual Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco are now on sale! And if you’re not in San Francisco, and you haz a sad because you want to go… I have some good news for you at the end of this post. The 2012 Atheist Film Festival is being held on Saturday, …

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