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Separated at Birth: Matilda and Carrie

Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Stephen King’s Carrie

Two young girls, misunderstood and mistreated by their dysfunctional families. Abused at school, they suddenly discover they possess telekinetic powers, and use these powers to turn the tables on their tormentors.

Weird that I never noticed that before.

To refresh your memory of these two girls with dangerous powers…

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Separated at Birth: Lulu and Aretha



Visually, but not so much musically perhaps. Here’s two from 1967 for you to compare…

Lulu, “To Sir With Love”

Aretha Franklin, “Baby, I Love You”

For more…

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Separated at Birth: Nikki Dial and Susanna Hoffs

Bangles singer/guitarist Susanna Hoffs and porn star Nikki Dial

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Separated at Birth: Bruce Loose and Neil Patrick Harris

Bruce Loose, lead singer of the punk band Flipper – left – and Neil Patrick Harris, star of  Doogie Howser, MDDr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and How I Met Your Mother – right.

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Upcoming Bay Area Films of Interest

  • Three Colours: Blue at BAMPFA December 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm BAMPFA
  • A Matter of Life and Death (Powell and Pressburger) at BAMPFA December 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm BAMPFA
  • Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle) at BAMPFA December 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm BAMPFA
  • La Notte at BAMPFA December 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm BAMPFA
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp at BAMPFA December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm BAMPFA
  • Three Colours: White December 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Three Colours: Red at BAMPFA December 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm BAMPFA
  • Gone to Earth (Powell and Pressburger) at BAMPFA December 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm BAMPFA
  • Die Hard at Balboa Theatre December 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Balboa Theatre
  • Elevator to the Gallows at BAMPFA December 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm BAMPFA
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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.



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