Big Screen Entries for May, 2011

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Observed: Like likes like.

I know, I know - I've already referenced this Andrew O'Hehir essay on the crapitude of Christian movies here at ...

Free Screening of the 10th Annual Youth Media Showcase

“Change lives through film.” Now there's a catchphrase we can all abide by. No organization in our town does more ...

Interview with Hold at All Costs Director Glenn Palmedo-Smith

“I’ve never been pro-war,” says local filmmaker Glenn Palmedo-Smith, whose Korean War documentary Hold at All Costs airs tonight on ...

Walt Disney Unleashes Jaundiced Mutt!

Long before Courage: The Cowardly Dog debuted on Nickelodeon, this 1958 ad -- heralding another lily-livered pooch -- appeared in ...

Local Filmmaker's Anti-War Documentary Airs Tonight

Writer-director Glenn Palmedo-Smith’s Hold at All Costs asks the United States military to do the impossible: Learn from its mistakes. ...

Just no.

Okay, so The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that this red-band trailer for David Fincher's remake of The Girl with the ...

Observed: Is there an Oscar for Best Wiggery?

Here is actor Corey Stoll playing a young and very dreamy Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris: Here is an ...

Anne Rice Offshoot Doesn't Deserve Bad Rap

Another in our "Better than its rep" movie reviews -- Queen of the Damned -- you know, the Anne Rice/vampire ...

Top Gun or Bottom?

When Mr. Marks brought the grumpy on Top Gun, he of course did not neglect to mention the whole "gay ...

Observed: Midnight in Paris

Look, I don't get out much, so I don't know if maybe everybody has made the observation that Midnight in ...

Top Gun Screening in Oceanside Took My Breath Away

I always said the only way you'd get me to sit through Top Gun again is if a paycheck was ...

Monkey Awesome

Don't forget, The Hangover Part 2 opens today! Some people are getting all wistful, but this little-seen poster series should ...

Cult Movie Reviews - Velvet Goldmine Channels '70s Glam and Oscar Wilde

The Citizen Kane of rock & roll movies, almost literally - even the framing sequence evokes Kane, with a present-day ...

Reviews!

This week, bold Reader critic David Elliott steers his dinghy directly into the path of the Black Pearl, reviewing Pirates ...

Elsewhere

As long as we've been kvetching about Titanic and Albert Brooks, here's a little bit of Internet genius that brings ...

Sean Young's Behind-the-Scenes Blade Runner Polaroids

Blade Runner is the anti-Star Wars, the most visually dazzling science-fiction film since Lang’s Metropolis. George Lucas used desaturated colors ...

Attention All Puddingheads: Here's Your First Look at Cast Photos From Upcoming Three Stooges Movie!

A friend forwarded me an early draft of the Farrelly Brothers‘ (There's Something About Mary) screenplay for their hotly anticipated ...

Ah, the French...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5LkDNu8bVU ...who can explain them? I mean, they give us The Rules of the Game... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxs4P6u1EiI ...and then they fall ...

Dig a Hole: Joseph Brooks, Oscar®-Winning "Life-Lighter" Gone Wrong

Joseph Brooks, commercial-jingle tunesmith, director, screenwriter, and composer of one of the more pestiferous pop tunes of this or any ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: Kung Fu Panda 2 Premiere in Los Angeles

(Yeah, yeah, they didn't have 'em pose on the red carpet. Kudos. But the little ones saw it already in ...

Pan's Labyrinth vs. The Devil's Backbone

I’m a big fan of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Not so much his mainstream fare (Hellboy, Mimic, Blade II, et ...

Osama bin Laden, Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You!

This didn't take long. Less than one month after Osama bin Laden succumbed to ballistic trauma, Columbia Pictures has acquired ...

Hard Breakers' Sophie Monk visits San Diego

Sophie Monk likes the anonymity her time spent in the United States affords her. The chart-topping Australian pop-singer and model-turned-actress ...

Another Temple Gone

Reader stringer Ken Harrison notes the closing of UltraStar's four-plex at Flower Hill Mall. Now, he writes, "North County residents ...

Dept. of Cinematic Predictions: Hangover Part 2

This isn't any kind of review, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Hangover Part ...

Wonderwall w/ George Harrison: Lost 1968 Psychedelic Gem Now on DVD

FINALLY ON DVD: WONDERWALL (1968) – LOST PSYCHEDELIC CLASSIC WITH MUSIC BY GEORGE HARRISON, RINGO STAR, PETER TORK, ERIC CLAPTON, ...

Vintage ads from Fritz Lang's Metropolis celebrate the legacy of Kino International's Donald Krim

Donald Krim (1945 - 2011) I have been wanting to post these vintage Metropolis ads for several days, but other, ...

Screenings: The Seven Year Itch

On Friday, the Wife and I visited Cinema Under the Stars for a screening of Billy Wilder's "Midsummer Night's Sex ...

Dig a Hole: Leonard Kastle, The Honeymoon Killers one-hit wonder

One-shot writer, director Leonard Kastle, 82, died on Wednesday at his home in Westerlo, N.Y. He may have been a ...

USA, USA, USA: American Winners of the Palme D'Or, 1980-Present

1980: Bob Fosse, All that Jazz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C74Pae3PpMo&feature=related 1989: Steven Soderbergh: Sex, Lies, and Videotape http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxdQQpJ9t-4 1990: David Lynch, Wild at ...

Review: Rubber

What reasonable explanation could a filmmaker possibly provide for an abandoned tire suddenly coming to life, rising from its desert ...

Iron Man vs Watchmen

I’d give Shellhead2 a higher rating than the first installment, mainly on the strength of the performances, which transcend the ...

"Here is a man who would not take it any more."

Wow. Just wow. Can you imagine a Hollywood screenwriter of today taking the time to write a furious letter to ...

San Diego's Social Swami Burl Stiff Dies

I have been an avid Burl Stiff watcher since I first set foot in San Diego twelve years ago. That ...

Titanic, the Musical!

No, not really. But there is news! Back in 2008, Reader writer Josh Board attended a party at director James ...

Five end-of- the-world movies to see before doomsday

Do the Biblical math: Evangelist Harold Camping + The Scriptures = The end of the world as we know it. ...

UCSD Arts Library to Host Impromptu Sci-Fi Radio & Film Laboratory

Get out your white smocks and tuning forks. The UCSD Arts Library will present what's being billed as an "Impromptu ...

Roundup: The Roar

Priest really was chock full of cliched goodness...besides slumming graybeards, it also included "Beast who enters scene and roars." Is ...

Send your kids to Movie Camp this summer!

Summer camp was a real thrill, let me tell you. Seven hours a day trapped in a clammy forest preserve, ...

Donnie Darko Sequel Doesn’t Deserve Bad Rap

Man, I can hardly find a single positive word about this movie online, and I’m frankly mystified. Given one of ...

Hitler!

You know, I was gonna write a thinky sort of post about Lars Von Trier's "I understand Hitler" press conference ...

Reviews!

This week, David Elliott looks long into The Beaver, My Perestroika, The Robber, and Henry's Crime. Plus capsule reviews of ...

Relatively Speaking brings Woody Allen, Elaine May and Ethan Coen to Broadway

Three short plays authored by Hollywood heavyweights Woody Allen, Elaine May, and Ethan Coen will be making their way to ...

Roundup: More Slumming Graybeards

File under: what a drag it is getting old. This is turning out to be something of a rich vein. ...

Do You Remember: The Midway Drive-in

THE MIDWAY Drive-In was constructed in 1947 at the intersection of Midway Drive and Sports Arena Boulevard, back when the ...

Baby Daddy Schwarzenegger comes clean about love child

We now know the reason Maria Shriver packed her bags and moved out of her Brentwood mansion. According to the ...

Jerry Lewis announces he's retiring as host of the MDA Telethon

This is one of the saddest days of my adult life. Jerry Lewis has been with me for as long ...

Roundup: Slumming Graybeards

Watching Christopher Plummer gibber his way through his role in Priest... ...I found myself thinking back on other wondrous performances ...

The Day the Ken Cinema Made Cult Movie History

July 29, 1983, Ken Cinema: First Known “Shadowcast” Fan Participation at a screening of Phantom of the Paradise! The Rocky ...

ArtPower! Press Rewind showcases 3 directors' early shorts

Art Power was my old deejay name. ArtPower! is UCSD's creative collective to showcase music, dance, film, exhibition and food. ...

Dateline: May 1959 - Elvis Movie Causes Mexican Riot

May 1959: While Elvis Presley’s popularity in the U.S. was arguably at its all-time peak, Mexico was in the midst ...

Dig a Hole: Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood's former girlfriend and leading lady

Dolores Fuller, erstwhile galpal (both on and offscreen) of legendary cross-dressing, grade-Z "director" Ed Wood, died Monday after suffering from ...

Drive-In Movie Reviews: Black Caesar (1973) and Cover Me Babe (1970)

BLACK CAESAR (1973) I've only seen a few vintage "blaxploitation" films, so bear in mind that my POV here is ...

Commentary: The Beaver

Mel Gibson, the original soul surfer, stars as a beleaguered, hopelessly depressed executive who finds redemption through a discarded beaver ...

Local Celebs Who LOVE Star Wars!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/may/29/25184/ With Legoland having unveiled its new Star Wars display, and the Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga, ...

Review: Priest

Wow. A five-genre pileup. Let’s make a list: 1: A buddy cop movie, complete with a hero (Paul Bettany, who ...

The Lowbrow: Will Ferrell Wins the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Well, as Twain said, it's difference of opinion that makes horse races. Actually, I agree with my esteemed colleague (see ...

The Three Phases of Yves

Caught a screening of L'Amour Four, the somber, at times impervious documentary about Yves Saint Laurent commissioned by his partner ...

Catholic Geekery at Pixar

Spotted on the Cars 2 display in the lobby of AMC's Mission Valley 20: Well, I guess it is the ...

And the winner of this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is...Will Ferrell? Really?

In the past, the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor has been bestowed upon the likes of comic legends ...

Movies Shot in San Diego: A Force of One (1979)

THE DAY CHUCK NORRIS CAME TO THE PALMS HOTEL ON 12TH AND ISLAND (and Jennifer O’Neal, too!!) A Force of ...

Movies Shot in San Diego: Wicked Wicked (1973)

WICKED WICKED, 1973: TCM has been showing the weirdest 1973 psycho killer film, Wicked Wicked. It takes place at the ...

Albert Brooks: Read the book, see the movies!

What's wrong with contemporary cinema? Slob comedies, comic book atrocities, and dialog-driven animation are poised to break box office records ...

Reviews!

This week in the Reader, John Rubio reviews Everything Must Go, Hesher, and Bridesmaids. Plus capsule listings of The Bang ...

My Dinner With Herve - DA FILM! DA FILM!

Last October, Variety announced that Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) was set to write and direct a biopic ...

Phew!

Good thing Marks got that Texas Chainsaw Massacre post up; it was starting to get mighty Jesus-y up in here. ...

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to get 3-D Leatherface-lift

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper's ultra low budget 1974 horror opus, has generated three sequels, a remake, a prequel, ...

One last thing.

One more word on Christian movies and I'll stop. (Maybe we can talk about Tyler Perry next!) This trailer for ...

Comment: Soul Surfer

“You give and take away/You give and take away/Still I choose to say/Blessed be Your name.” That’s a line from ...

Review: Soul Surfer

Bethany Hamilton made national headlines on October 31, 2003 when a 14-foot tiger shark bit off the 13-year-old Hawaiian surfer’s ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver decide to terminate marriage?

Just two weeks after the royal wedding (and their 25th wedding anniversary), America's power couple, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, ...

The story of a boy, a girl, and a universe...

Oh, Lordy. "Somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now" is a long, long way from "A long ...

Thor Minimalist Movie Poster: Who Did It Better?

I'm a big fan of minimalist movie posters. This one, Ibrahim Youssef's Kill Bill Vol. 2 is flat-out amazing, don't ...

Q&A with Hesher director Spencer Susser

I’m thirteen years old and Groucho Marx is coming to Evanston, Illinois to perform “An Evening With“ at Northwestern University. ...

Double Features from Hell: Flipper and The Manchurian Candidate

I've been spending far too much time on Google Newspapers pouring through back editions in search of vintage movie ads. ...

SeaWorld ushers in new motion picture division

It's not just about theme parks and penguin cams anymore as the newly formed SeaWorld Pictures today announced the hatching ...