An important fact regarding San Francisco and Howard the Duck

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Local film historian David Enos tells us all about it:

In the movie “Howard the Duck”, Howard and his human girlfriend are in a taxi which turns left at this intersection on 9th Avenue. It cuts away just as they round the corner. If you were to make the same left, you’d find these two side-by-side businesses.

Read on for a couple of important questions and some other startling news.

Interview with Elijah Wood

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Local cineaste David Enos recently got to interview the great Elijah Wood:

You’re an actor but also a big record collector.  What kind of used shops do you like to check out, and have you found any obscurities we should listen to?

Yeah, man, I’m glad you asked.  My favorite record store is Amoeba Records on Sunset, because they have all the hard-to-find, unusual stuff.  Problem is I can’t leave without spending at least $500 (laughs).  Just last week, I scored an original vinyl copy of “Rumours” by a band called Fleetwood Mac.  The worker man at the counter told me they only pressed 100 copies and I was lucky to find it.  By the end of my shopping trip I also picked up rarities by The Tubes, Joan Armatrading and Boz Scaggs.  Sometimes I’ll buy records just for the cover art. It’s so crazy and great to have this happen in 2016, but my assistant says vinyl is actually making a comeback.

Wood stars in The Witch, currently playing at the Alamo Drafthouse here in the Mission.

Read on for lots more.

This locally produced short film is both creepier and more fun than the new X-Files

I mean I’ll watch David Duchovny in anything, but remember how the X-Files used to be really creepy and really fun? This new short film by local filmmakers David Enos and Mishell Stimson reminds me of that:

[via David Enos on Tumblr]

Now please enjoy some other classic David Enos stuff…

Ryan Coogler/Michael B. Jordan spotlight at the Roxie featuring ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’

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Here’s local comedian and film buff W. Kamau Bell:

I love Rocky movies as much as I love Black cinema—and surprise!, Rocky is now officially a part of Black Cinema. Who could’ve imagined that Coogler would follow up his debut film, Fruitvale Station—the best film about racism in 2013; sorry, not sorry, 12 Years A Slave—with a Rocky sequel? It’s kind of like if Spike Lee had followed up his debut film, She’s Gotta Have It, by directing a James Bond film, but with Denzel Washington playing James Bond.

Both films play all weekend, with Creed continuing into next week as well.

Get tickets and more info here and here.

All the best Mission-related Star Wars stuff from over the years

I just got out of a screening of the new movie. I won’t bother reviewing it or anything, but I’ll say this: I can’t think of a reason not to see it at the new Alamo, in the Mission, if you can. (How cool is that??? We can see big major movies at a big major theater right here in the neighborhood now!!! Can’t get over it.)

Anyways, it got me thinking about all the times Star Wars and the Mission have crossed paths. I’m sure I’m missing some stuff, but here’s what I was able to find just now…

There was the time we saw an Ewok at 24th Street BART:

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There was the time we encountered an Ewok on Alcatraz:

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There was the time Star Wars met Dia de los Muertos:

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There was the time C-3PO and R2-D2 were advertising some food or something in the Mission way back in the 1970s:

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There was the time we saw Darth Vader in a Mission sidewalk:

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There was the time Darth Vader celebrated the Giants championship in ’10:

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And finally, can’t ever unsee Girl Parts Vader:

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Martial arts, Motown music, deep meaning, many jokes, and righteous Black maleness

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You know how you’ve really been wanting to see something at the Roxie lately? Consider The Last Dragon, presented this Friday night by local comedian and podcaster W. Kamau Bell, with an appearance by Taimak, star of the the film.

Here’s what Bell has to say about it:

When I was 13 years old there was no movie that hit me in my cinematic g spot as hard as THE LAST DRAGON. As a lover of Bruce Lee, I wanted to be LIKE him. But once I saw THE LAST DRAGON, I wanted to straight up BE Taimak AKA Leroy Green AKA Bruce Leroy. This movie has it all: martial arts, Motown music, deep meaning, many jokes, and righteous Black maleness. The least I can do is to be a part of bringing Taimak to the Roxie Theater during the 30th anniversary of this legendary, genre busting film so I, and the many others, can say, “Thank you!”

More info (including info about the alcohol situation) and tickets (and VIP tickets) here.

You’ll find all kinds of deals at Rainbow Grocery

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[Photo and post title by Matt]

“The Mission isn’t what it used to be,” says 1993 newspaper article, “but it can be again”

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Saw this on the Alamo Drafthouse SF Instagram just now. What a wild blast from the past, right?

The Alamo opens on December 17th, as you probably know, and it is gonna be AWESOME, as you probably know. Start perusing the calendar here.

And in the meantime, don’t forget about the Roxie over on 16th Street. It’s still local, still historic, and still going strong ,and they’ve got a good looking calendar in the coming weeks as well.

The big screen at the New Mission is up and running for the first time this century

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Woohoo!

(Of course, it doesn’t open to the public until December 17th. Check out the calendar!)

[via Alamo Drafthouse SF on Instagram]

Who is the captain now?

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(Basically I was watching Captain Ron last night, and the other day commenters were telling me to just embrace the fact that I’m getting older and I just like staying in and watching TV, and also I noticed, seriously, that John Dwyer wrote Captain Ron, and also current Oh See and longtime San Franciscan Dan Rincon just ‘grammed this pic of Dwyer in a cowboy hat, and, so, this is a blog post about Captain Ron and Thee Oh Sees basically. Enjoy.)

What follows is a classic Oh Sees lineup at “the Step Into The Black Music Series presented by Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum and Fader.” (Italics mine.) You can see me in the crowd if you look real close:

Also please enjoy this list of Oh Sees-related posts from over the years and years…