Big Screen Entries for August, 2012

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Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven: a tense day on the set.

Okay, just one more on this whole "Clint Eastwood, politically conservative movie star" thing. I was looking back on Unforgiven, ...

Clint Eastwood does not want a free one.

As Mr. Marks has noted, Clint Eastwood gave a helluva performance at the Republican National Convention. And lo and behold, ...

Isaac Julien's Ten Thousand Waves

Isaac Julien's nine-screen film installation is open at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown (1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd) ...

Free movies of the week: director's trailer park

As much as I applaud Matt's idea of alerting our minions to free movies online, I still cannot in good ...

Huge movie poster sale at Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas in a month or so!

[UPDATE: Yeah, when I said this weekend? I meant the last weekend in September.] Posters! Posters! Posters! Get your movie ...

For a good time, read this interview with Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, and Katie Anne Naylon

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/31/30598/ The prissy concierge at the W Hotel wanted nothing to do with me. "I'm here to interview the stars ...

Free movies of the week: dead and undead edition.

Continuing our investigation of the wonders of YouTube... To mark the sad occasion of director Tony Scott's death, here's Denzel ...

Dotty Harry makes RNC's day

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/30/30573/ A man's got to know his limitations and Clint Eastwood's performance at the Republican National Convention earned him notices ...

Alt.pictureshows 2012 Tonight at MCASD La Jolla

I am so, so sorry to come late to the dance on this one. My old friend and pride of ...

Opening This Week

Not much at the movies to get excited about this Labor Day weekend. Sadly, every member of my family went ...

2016: Obama's America: the President as Prince Hamlet.

I wasn't a fan of this one. I wrote a longish bit for this week's print edition, but the short ...

Lawless: what is a burgoo, anyway?

Why, it's a traditional Southern stew, of course! You learn something new every day. In other news, it seems Tom ...

For a Good Time, Call... Opening on 28 Screens Across America Including 2 in San Diego!

San Diego is something like the 23rd largest film market in the country, yet when it comes to bringing talent ...

Dig a Hole: Sylvester Stallone’s Half-Sister Toni Ann Filiti

Sylvester Stallone's career has been undergoing a resurgence of late thanks to the smash hit The Expendables 2, but his ...

Are there any movies set in the American South that don't feature English actors?

I think I first noticed the trend during Robert Altman's 1998 film The Gingerbread Man. "Hey, that's noted Englishman Kenneth ...

¡Que Viva! Cine Latino Brings Free Outdoor Movies to South County

The Media Arts Center San Diego knows that a late summer evening with a cool breeze blowing in is the ...

Interview: A Sweet Spoonful of Legendary Disney Composer Richard M. Sherman

Along with his late brother and songwriting partner, Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman (pictured) is responsible for providing Walt ...

2016: Obama's America: Who's the Target Audience?

Well, let's see if we can get any hints from the trailers they showed before the film. Not the Glenn ...

Media Arts Center's September Schedule Offers a Trio of Technology Workshops

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/27/30331/ Have you been considering a future in photo journalism or are you the least bit curious to learn how ...

What the @$%& is a Cecchi Gori and Why is it Suing Scorsese?

Cecchi and Gori: I’m disgusted with the two of ya's! Excuse me, but I seem to be a bit confused. ...

New feature: free movies of the week.

I'm going to try to do this every week, just to see if anybody notices just how many movies are ...

Premium Rush features a bicycle race through Central Park.

It's a lovely park. I'd make a joke about having rushed to get this review in before Mr. Marks, but ...

Retire this trend: strippers who don't strip.

One of the many reasons I loved The Sopranos was that the show didn't glamorize stripping. Mob guy Tony Soprano ...

Review: The Apparition

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/24/30212/ How to Make a PG-13 Horror Film Checklist: ✓ Spooky house ✓ Pre-credit flashback to Super8 footage ✓ Two ...

Opening This Week

David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis opens Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas. Matt was still on vacation when the film previewed. I have ...

Will the Real Jeffrey Dean Morgan Please Stand Up?

After this morning's press preview of the new demon review, The Possession, friend and colleague Jean Lowerison noted that it ...

Shia LaBeouf learns the true meaning of fear.

Some days the blog-gods smile. Let me explain. Shia LaBeouf has been on a tear lately, first with his amazing ...

Lincoln one-sheet: Daniel Day-Lewis takes on his greatest challenge yet.

How do you give life to a massive hunk of granite? Trust seventeen-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis to find out! ...

LL Cool J Gets In Too Deep With Home Invader

LL Cool J learned the hard way what it's like to be caught up with a home invader he almost ...

The Movie Studio Logo Quiz IV: The New Batch

It's been some time since one of my emblematic emblem quizzes appeared on The Big Screen. What with the heat ...

Dig a Hole: Tony Scott

Ron Howard tweeted, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day." Matthew Lickona emailed, "This one's on you, I fear. Digging ...

ParaNorman likes it ugly.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/17/29845/ Something to consider before you haul the kiddies to the multiplex this weekend.

The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Teleth...Marathon

Grocery shopping is hell of late. No images of Jerry Lewis' cropped head adorning Sara Lee cheesecake boxes. No "Aisles ...

It's "Kick Michael Bay Thursday" at The Big Screen

First Matt reported on Transformers star Shia LaBeouf's recent findings after being on the receiving end of the Hollywood version ...

Shia LaBeouf - Finger Method Actor?

Terribly sorry for the descent into bad taste, but it's nigh unto impossible to be handed a quote like Shia ...

Landmark Blows Out Ken's 100 Birthday Candles With a Yawn

The Big Screen was the first to break the news: Landmark's Ken Cinema will celebrate its 100th birthday this year. ...

Shia LaBeouf Tempts the Fickle Finger of Fate

As y'all know by now, the Transformers star (you know, besides the Giant $#&@^@! Robots) recently gave an interview to ...

Reminder: Oceanside International Film Festival Hits the Screen Tonight

The red carpet had been Rug Doctored and after months of preparation, Dmitriy Demidov and his staff are ready to ...

Does the Musical Version of Nutty Professor Really Need Hamlisch's Score?

The passing of composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died last week at 68, may have caused the Broadway bound musical adaptation ...

VIDEO: Violently Insane Bob Hope Interferes With Jimmy Stewart's Thought Patterns

Bob Hope: world's most beloved comedian or violently insane ventriloquist bent on tampering with Jimmy Stewart's thought patterns and American ...

Cronenberg's Capsized Cosmopolis Key Art

Speaking as the Will Rogers of his generation, I never saw a Robert Pattinson film I didn't like. Franchise films ...

Russell Crowe is Noah - RIGHT!

Y'all know that Russell Crowe is starring in Darren Aronofsky's Noah picture, right? Right! http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/10/29460/ Man, so good to know ...

Where Aren't They Now: Darlene Cates, Star of What Isn't Gilbert Grape's Mother Eating

Comeback kid Darlene Cates recently threw a deck chair off the Titanic by shedding 240 lbs. and the star of ...

Moment of Truth: ALF Edition

So they're gonna make a big-screen version of ALF. Who knows, it could be great. Maybe make him a sonofabitch ...

Is Peter Jackson Morphing into Stanley Kubrick?

I mean, physically, sure, but not just physically... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/aug/08/29388/ See? Totally different. Jackson is smiling. Kubrick was famous - infamous, ...

A Second Look at the Trailer for This is 40: Watch out, Leslie Mann!

Yeah, still working on this one... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Vt9sP8OY8 Okay, so we all know that Judd Apatow is married to actress Leslie ...

Bob Hoskins Has Parkinson's, Is Retiring

A genuine loss - Hoskins was a pro. Here, somehow, is the Hoskins classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in its ...

OMG Report: This is 40.

So I'm back, diluting the pure, unadulterated Scott Marks goodness here at the Big Screen down to Federally approved levels ...

The Lobby Art So Nice, We Posted it Twice!

So taken by the Gaslamp's Spider-Man lobby display was I that a friend lent me his camera to get a ...

Gaslamp's Spider-Man Lobby Display More Impressive Than Reboot

All it takes is a little imagination and a fairly thick cord made of twisted and intertwined hemp. Next time ...

Did Anyone Notice That a New DeNiro Film Opened Last Friday?

You open a film in San Diego that stars Robert DeNiro and I have to find out about it from ...

Dig a Hole: Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch was an ETOG. He was one of only eleven people in the vaunted history of awards-giving to have ...

Dig a Hole: Norman Alden, the Oldest Surviving Member of Julius Kelp's Class

First Henry Gibson, then Skip Ward, now Norman Alden. Will Med Flory be the next student in the Wellman College ...

50 Years Later: Vintage Newspapers from the Week Marilyn Monroe Died

Where were you when Marilyn Monroe died? I was 6. Being unable to wrap my young tongue around the name ...

Film Critic Performs Live In Concert Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night will find me peeling away yet another layer of the onion to reveal a side of myself that ...

Cinema en tu Idioma Kicks Off Tomorrow with Juan of the Dead

The San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off its yearly Cinema en tu Idioma series tomorrow with director Alejandro Brugués' ...

UCSD's ArtPower! Film Announces its 2012-2013 Series

I'll be up front with you: there's nothing that displeases me more than having to write about films I've yet ...

Bronx or Raging, LaMotta Sequel Sounds Like Bull

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MGM will drop its lawsuit against a planned sequel to Raging Bull if the film's ...

We Still Have 3 Months Before the San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens, but...

Do not for one moment think that strolling through the lobby of UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center with a ...