In honor of the recent "Essential Steve McQueen Collection" box set, Joshua Klein in the Chicago Tribune salutes the San Francisco car chase in "Bullitt" as the best of its kind, and runs down a quick list of various movies that have tried, a failed, to top it. Nothing really of note, except the odd fact that there’s a Criterion edition of "The Rock" (now, is that really necessary?), but it does make us think that the two quintessential San Francisco films are indeed "Vertigo" and "Bullitt," which, respectively, make best use of the city as an ideal location for impossibly scenic, noirish moping, and stylish, ridiculous car chases. "Vertigo," now that we think about it, even had it’s own dreamy variation on a SF car chase. No phat air time, though.
The Hollywood Reporter announces that George Lucas’ long-in-planning and longer-in-construction new campus for LucasArts, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light + Magic in the Presidio in San Francisco will be up and running next month. We admit to being sick with jealousy â€” that’s as lovely a location in which to work as we can come up with. Damn you, Lucas.