Big Screen Entries for July, 2011

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Halo-Loving Marathon Xbox Player Now Wears One

My dad used to harp, "Instead of going to the movies, why don't you read a book?" Nowadays, a parent's ...

Free Outdoor Screening of Top Gun Tonight

Liberty Station’s third annual Summer Movie Mania continues tonight with a free 25th anniversary outdoor screening of Top Gun. A ...

Dig a Hole: G.D. Spradlin

Gervase Duan Spradlin. With a handle like that, it's no wonder he grew up to be one tough hombre. G.D. ...

Feature: Steven-Charles Jaffe, Writer-Director of Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pffw5EUVt5o Look, every now and then, even a blog has to up the word count a bit. Hence the existence ...

Dig A Hole: Polly Platt, Production Designer, Producer, and Screenwriter

Polly Platt first met Peter Bogdanovich in the summer of 1961. At the time, Bogdanovich was working as the artistic ...

It had to happen...AGAIN.

Because you demanded it. From the makers of Gard Haard comes the explosive follow-up: (Still waiting to get fired.)

Interview: Brit Marling, Co-Writer and Star of Another Earth

Brit Marling first met Mike Cahill while attending Georgetown. One of Mike’s short films won the Georgetown Film Festival. Brit ...

The Eyes Have It: Spider-Man Through the Ages, Animated Edition

Well, that was fun. Let's try another round, this time, with cartoons! I'll wait again. Time's up! Clockwise from upper ...

The Eyes Have It: Spider-Man Through the Ages

Quiz time! Can you correctly identify all six Spider-Man eyes? I'll wait. Time's up! Clockwise from upper left: The Amazing ...

(More) Reviews!

This week, your humble correspondent humbly unleashes his megacritical skillz on Captain America: The First Avenger, Crazy, Stupid, Love (so ...

Reviews!

Good grief, is it Thursday already? Those tomato-water Bloody Marys - Unbloody Marys? - have a way of blurring the ...

Review: Love Etc.

Love Etc. began with an, “I do.” Executive producer Jonathan Tisch and his bride-to-be Lizzie spent a day standing on ...

A Re-butt to "Cowboys & Aliens: Daniel Craig, Fitted Chaps. Er, Fit Chap"

Look closer, Mr. Lickona. All that's missing is the DNA taken from Jon Favreau's lip-prints.

Angels & Airwaves Hitting Theaters August 10 with Feature Film Preview

More than 460 movie theaters nationwide will broadcast a live Angels & Airwaves performance, video screening, and a Q&A session ...

Cowboys &. Aliens: Daniel Craig, Fitted Chaps. Er, Fit Chap.

A friend who attended a preview screening of Cowboys & Aliens reports on what may be the most noteworthy aspect ...

Kristen Stewart Out As TS Autistic Druggie Convict in Mom's Movie

Photo at left: Tiny Lister Looks like "Snow White" won't be drifting after all. Kristen Stewart, long-rumored to don four ...

Scenes from Comic-Con: Parting Shot

Best photobomb ever? Best photobomb ever.

REVEALED! Alice in Wonderland Producer Joe Roth's Master Plan for Disney Heroines!

Lessee now... Alice in Wonderland: Snow White: Hmmm.... Ah ha! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64

Banned 3-D Asian Sexploitation Flick Coming to Clairemont!

It was only a matter of time before the three-buck surcharge for 3-D glasses went towards something other than cartoon ...

Snow White revisited: Just you wait, Henry Higgins!

Uh-oh. Another one for the "girls with swords" file...

Scenes from Comic-Con: Steven Spielberg Gives Some Advice to Peter Jackson

It wasn't quite Clash of the Titans down there in Hall H, but there was a definite sense that school ...

Universal Squeezes a Few More Dollars Out of the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine

I understand the tactic - Oedipus ain't just a Greek king - but frankly, I question the studio's good taste ...

Scenes from Comic-Con: Either there was a mix up with the Ghost Rider 2 display...

...or Men in Black 3 is going to take a turn for the demonic. (Yeah, that's right, we're posting photos ...

Anatomy Of An Ad Campaign: Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Having grown tired of the limitations a seven-minute cartoon placed on his artistry, Walt Disney couldn't wait to tackle long-form ...

Arnold & Maria's Son Hospitalized After Surfing Accident

Christopher Schwarzennegger, the 13-year-old son of the freshly split celebrity power couple, has been hospitalized after a surfing accident. According ...

Review: Friends with Benefits

The perks are few and far between and no rewards to be gained by befriending Friends with Benefits. The only ...

Nostalgia Is a Wound

My Captain America review, alas, won't show up until next week's print edition. But I will note that I totally ...

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird Screening at Comic-Con

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HP2WdfG2v0 Longtime Reader readers may recall your humble correspondent's middling efforts at single-panel cartooning. (I still think Mudflap Girls was ...

DVD Review: The Music Man (1962)

Between the ages of seven and twenty-seven, I was pricked by my Uncle at least once a week. With one ...

Hey San Diego! See Captain America before the rest of America!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdBO3uQcHgI Much has been made of the movie studios' decision to, um, pull back a bit from Comic-Con this year. ...

Cinepolis: the Bar & Menu

Continuing our visit to San Diego's new luxury theater... Really, you can tell so much about a theater by its ...

Cinepolis Luxury Movie Theater Comes to S.D.

Well, Del Mar, anyway. http://vimeo.com/26708258 A word about those social spaces - they really are equipped with a delightful variety ...

SD International Children's Film Festival Starts Sunday at Comic-Con

In his own quiet, unassuming way, Dan Bennett is one of the major forces of cinema in San Diego County. ...

Monkey Business, Part 2

The flip side of our earlier adventure - this time, we're captioning stills from the trailer for Rise of the ...

Monkey Business, Part 1

Because you demanded it... stills from the trailer for the documentary Project Nim captioned with lines from the trailer for ...

Ten Things I Learned About Ryan O'Neal on The Piers Morgan Show

Forgive me for coming so late to the dance, but a friend just showed me Piers Morgan’s interview with 1970’s ...

Lord Voldemort: A Retrospective

Well, given the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 earned all the movie money ever for ...

Midnight in Paris Woody Allen's Biggest Grosser to Date

It's like I've always said: give the folks in La Jolla what they want, and they'll turn out in droves ...

John Waters Newbie Screens a Waters Marathon

Until recently, I'd only seen bits and pieces of two John Waters movies, and that was way back in 1981. ...

Possible Sequel? Harry Potter & the Shoot-Out in the Multiplex Parking Lot

Two cops, hot on the trail of a child pornographer using the opening of a Harry Potter movie as an ...

Thora Birch In Person for Saturday Night's Screening of Ghost World

Last week The Big Reel announced this Saturday night's screening of a 35mm print of Ghost World in conjunction with ...

Blow Out the Pilot Light: JLo and Marc Anthony Kaput!

The Americans Idle judge and her singer/actor husband, Marc Anthony, tell People Magazine (the divorced celebrity tabloid of record), "We ...

So, What Are You Doing Tonight?

I don't want to beat a dead horse, but if you haven't yet visited Cinema Under the Stars this summer, ...

Glances: The Big Uneasy and Project Nim

New reviews: The Big Uneasy and Project Nim

Trailer: Martin Scorsese's Hugo

"You're doing 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' and 'Fockers' and I'm directing Oscar-bait and kids films. What the fuck happened to us?" ...

Dig A Hole: Deranged Character Actor Roberts Blossom

Character actors seldom get a chance to command more than a few intermittent moments of screen time. Roberts Blossom didn't ...

Anatomy of an Ad Campaign: The Marx Bros. Duck Soup

The magic number is 227. That's the amount of times that I've seen Duck Soup. That's more than Kane (152), ...

Reviews!

This week, David Elliott bids a very fond farewell to the kids of Harry Potter, smiles at the father-son film ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: Sarah's Key Premiere Afterparty!

I'll have a review out for Sarah's Key closer to its release date, but all you need to know right ...

Your Terrifying On-Set Image of the Day: Brett Ratner and Shaquille O'Neal

Because we all have such fond memories of Kazaam and X-Men: The Last Stand. Not to mention their initial collaboration ...

SD Film Critics to Host 10th Anniversary 35mm Screening of Ghost World

Has it really been 10 years since Ghost World was released? And is it possible that I have been a ...

Video Tyme: Balboa Park in Citizen Kane

Sixty years ago, Orson Welles gave us Citizen Kane, which some people insist on calling the greatest film ever made, ...

Anatomy of an Ad Campaign: The Marx Bros. A Day at the Races

The Marx Bros. output at M.G.M. was nowhere near as uncontrolled as that of their Paramount years. Credit cultivated producer ...

REVEALED! Grown-Up Harry Potter Characters' Endorsement Deals! [SPOILERS]

Look, wizarding is all well and good, but unless you're going into academia (read: teaching at Hogwarts), you're going to ...

Harry Potter Run-Up: Illustrating Ralph Fiennes' Voldemort Story in Newsweek

It's all good, but I think these are the five best bits.

Big Screen Reader Poll: Energy Bolt Collision Roundup

Saw this at the Harry Potter screening up in Mira Mesa last night. The whole "good guy/bad guy energy bolts ...

Anatomy of an Ad Campaign: The Marx Bros. A Night at the Opera

It was in seventh grade that I first met the Marx Brothers proper and have the "Boone Booster Club" of ...

EXCLUSIVE: First images from Pacino's Lear.

Up until now, there have been few details about Al Pacino's upcoming film version of King Lear. But Big Screen ...

TCM's Robert Osborne to Take Three Months Off

Robert Osborne, the genial host of Turner Classics Movies, will be taking a three-month leave of absence effective immediately. TCM.com ...

EXCLUSIVE! Neil Patrick Harris to star in pro-gay-marriage film, Homo with a Shotgun

Hugely Popular, Openly Gay Star Sets His Sights On Opponents in Wake of Historic New York State Ruling to Legalize ...

Your Short Film Could Land on Landmark Theatre Screens

Landmark Theatres (as in our own Hillcrest Cinemas, La Jolla Village, and The Ken) is joining forces with Porsche and ...

Trailer: Sarah Palin is The Undefeated

. The New John Wayne and Rock Hudson This could be the funniest documentary since Borat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVo_-RAiX3M

What Do YOU Think? Does the Walking Dead Stink, Or ?

Following is an email conversation between myself and comic book scripter (and Blockbuster employee) Jamie Ralph Gardner, that resulted when ...

Patti LaBelle's Hairdresser & Bodyguard Charged with Assault

The incident took place on March 11 at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Surveillance video shows two members of Patti LaBelle's ...

Review: Horrible Bosses

I don’t know if Kevin Spacey ever simultaneously frightens and delights an audience the way he does when playing a ...

Review: Zookeeper

I know, I know - haven't I said enough about this film already? Apparently not. Look, I’m not going to ...

Free Outdoor Screening of Megamind Saturday Night

Tomorrow night, the CommCinema traveling picture show stops at the Tierrasanta Community Park for Time Warner Cable's "Moonlite Movies" free ...

Nancy Kwan in Person & Hopefully Hou in 35mm at Asian Film Festival

Even though October is still a few months off, it's never too early to tout news of the San Diego ...

So, What Are You Doing Tonight?

I can't wait for my betters to tell me why I'm wrong, but I'm happy to throw down for Jimmy ...

Stop the Presses! Robert Pattinson Gets a Haircut!

This is not the news I wanted to end my week. First Justin Bieber tampers with his trademark sugar-bowl locks ...

BREAKING! Black Jellyfish Heads Up Class-Action Lawsuit Against Avatar Director James Cameron

Claims Blockbuster Film Director Appropriated the Appearance of Numerous Extant Species Without Consent or Even Attribution. "'Trying to create a ...

Exclusive! First Image from Captain America: Real American Sequel

Marvel execs call new hire Val Kilmer "more relatable" than "that 'roided freak [Chris] Evans."

Harry Potter Marathon at AMC

At my house, Harry Potter is like a member of the family. Every book about him was cause for celebration. ...

Reviews!

This week Reader critic John Rubio takes his hat off to Larry Crowne (ha! ha?), takes a head shot at ...

Latino Film Festival Announces August's Cinema en tu Idioma Lineup

The name of the series was originally Cine Mexicano, but after a few years, San Diego Latino Film Festival Ethan ...

Cult Movie Reviews: Andy Warhol's Bad & The Sentinel

IMDB synopsis: - A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She ...

Captain No-Place-in-Particular!

When I read the news that foreign countries were given the option of calling Captain America: First Avenger either by ...

Dig Three Holes: Anna Massey, Elaine Stewart, and Edith Fellows

This year's 4th of July festivities didn't take a vacation from the old celebrity "death comes in threes" precept. The ...

Video Tyme: Last Night's July 4th Fireworks as Seen from Bankers Hill

Why is this appearing on the Big Screen blog? You need a reason? Okay, fine. When the helicopter kicks in ...

A Closer Look at the Trailer for Twilight: Breaking Dawn

I know you guys have totally been making fun of this, but trust me, you're looking at it all wrong. ...

Big Screen Stomach-Bug Blog: Part 2

Yes, you can watch Citizen Kane on YouTube - although doing so will probably call down Cineaste, the Wrathful Hipster ...

Big Screen Stomach-Bug Blog: Part 1

Not that you needed to know, but I spent most of last week fighting a nasty stomach bug, and mostly ...

The Great 4th of July Bronco Billy Wild West & Indoor Fireworks Show!

It was a Saturday matinee at the second-run Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, Illinois. Some of you may recognize the ...

Unlimited Theater Movies for $50 a Month? Nope.

We are all guilty of theater-hopping on at least one, two, or, if hard-pressed, maybe even a couple hundred occasions. ...

A Message from Your Robot Overlords

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So, What Are You Doing Tonight?

Stay with me on this one... When I think of Star Wars, I tend to think of this speech from ...

Small Screen: Has George Lucas Taught Us Nothing?

So AMC Networks (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, other stuff) went public just now, and sadly, shares are trading a little ...

For Scorsese, Life Is No Longer a "Cabret"

Image on left: Illustration from the book First it was titled The Invention of Hugo Cabret, then Hugo Cabret. Now ...

Local Filmmaker Asks for Community Support

Paul Espinosa Paul Espinosa needs our help. The documentary filmmaker (The Lemon Grove Incident, The New Tijuana, In the Shadow ...