Talking Pictures

Talking Pictures: Loss of a legend

by David TempletonTwenty years ago, in 1995, I picked up Carol Doda.
Literally.
The pioneering stripper and “adult” entertainer was waiting for me on the side...

Talking pictures: Double tragedy

by David Templeton“It’s an American tragedy, plain and simple.”On opening night of the Mill Valley Film Festival, director Tom McCarthy peers, spotlight-blinded, into the...

Talking Pictures: No payoff

by David Templeton“I can think of many real-life visits that were more pleasant than M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit,” says author Nicole Cushing, referring...

Talking Pictures: Up close

by David Templeton“I thought there was a chance that Straight Outta Compton would be a powerful, truthful film,” remarks rapper, actor and police officer...

Talking Pictures: Rules of comedy

by David TempletonComedian Greg Proops is not a fan of superhero movies, sequels or remakes—with one or two notable exceptions.“The Maltese Falcon, by John...

Talking Pictures: Quest for Love

by David Templeton“Best! Teen! Road movie! Ever!”Whispered just loud enough to be heard over the end-credit music now blaring merrily from the vicinity of...

Talking Pictures: Change is good

by David TempletonSome movies, and certain post-film conversations, aren’t easily forgotten. Twenty-four hours after my talk with Dr. Myra Gueco Bernecker—whose private therapy practice...

Talking Pictures: The thrill of the hunt

by David Templeton“The absolute best thing about San Andreas was Paul Giamatti,” says North Bay geologist and junior college teacher of earth science Susan...

Talking Pictures: Envisioning the future

by David Templeton"Well I don’t care what the critics say—I think it’s a great message!”So confesses Will Durst, exiting the San Rafael movie theater...

Talking Pictures: Reimagining

by David TempletonWho is Batman’s sidekick?” asks actor-director David Yen, reading aloud from an “electronic waiter” thingamajig perched on the table at Applebee’s. That’s...