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48 Hills: Horror

Horror films save lives

A personal appreciation of the bloodiest genre of all. Plus a super-scary stalker top 10! By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN GRABS My mother told me that...

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48 Hills: TIFF 40

Ficks’ Picks from the Toronto International Film Festival, part 1

Hitchcock revisited, Laurie Anderson's dog, Neo-Nazi horror, Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animation... and a nightmarish new E.T.? (Read part 2 here.) By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks SCREEN GRABS...

Ficks’ Picks: Favorite films (spoiler-free!) of 2016

SCREEN GRABS Our esteemed film critic Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, who attended Sundance, SFiFF, Crossroads, Frameline, and Mill Valley Film Festival this year, picks the cream...

PARTY RADAR: Black Coffee, Antacid, queer punks… and a bit about that Ten Walls mess

Choice nightlife dance floor affairs (and opinions!), Fri/12 and Sat/13 By Marke B.  PARTY RADAR Is electronic dance music still really gay, or is it now just...

Earth Day cometh

Hey, guess what? We're all gonna broil and/or melt! But some of us are going down in flames clinging to a last shred of hope...

Is SF done with Pocha Nostra? (Is Pocha Nostra done with SF?)

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO -- Logistically and philosophically, being a trans-border radical performance art troupe is not simple. The Bay Area-based Pocha Nostra troupe, led...
The Fits reviewed by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

What we saw at Sundance

48 Hills film critic Jesse Hawthorne Ficks snuck into Sundance 2016 to scope out the best flicks of the fest.  1. Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits (USA/Italy) Quite...

15 years in, DocFest opens eyes and minds

SCREEN GRABS When SF DocFest (running June 2-16 at various venues) launched 15 years ago, it didn’t seem all that sure a thing. Yes, impresario...

PARTY RADAR: Up Your Alley parties, Dinosaur Nightlife, King Britt, Fort Rameau, more

Choice nightlife and dance floor affairs, July 23-26. By Marke B.  PARTY RADAR First of all, go see that new movie Tangerine. Not so much because it's...