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Entries by George Heymont from 02/2011

Are We There Yet? Iconic Road Trip Movies

| Posted 02.01.2011 | Arts

Long before Mapquest, Yahoo, and Google Maps offered instant gratification for drivers trying to figure out the best way to get from one place to anot...

Three Unforgettable Characters

| Posted 02.03.2011 | Arts

Some movies become audience favorites because their protagonist is such a unique character (or an actor creating a character with such consummate craf...

Three Underappreciated Silent Film Classics

| Posted 02.07.2011 | Arts

The Bay Area has a large and loyal base of silent film fans, many of whom will descend on the Castro Theatre this weekend for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's annual winter event.

The Kids May Be All Right, But What About The Parents?

| Posted 02.10.2011 | Entertainment

There is a distinct subset of films about same-sex couples who, unlike in The Kids Are All Right, are forced to take over the care of a child due to unexpected circumstances.

The Irrationality of Love and Art

| Posted 02.16.2011 | Arts

In 1964, when the United States Supreme Court ruled on Jacobellis v. Ohio, Associate Justice Potter Stewart gained fame for his description of obscen...

The Unsung Athleticism of Charlie Chaplin

| Posted 02.21.2011 | Arts

One of the joys of watching a great comic at work is his mastery of the material he has crafted for himself. Whether one is a performance artist or a stand-up comic, whether one is working with movement or text, a great performer's confidence in his craft allows him to take risks required by unexpected events and improvise when an opportunity suddenly presents itself.

A Rare Look at Soviet-Era Political Cartoons (VIDEO)

| Posted 02.24.2011 | Arts

Using rarely seen footage from the Russian State Film Archives, documentarian Kevin McNeer has produced a fascinating documentary about the late Soviet political cartoonist and propaganda artist Boris Efimov.