Big Screen Entries for March, 2012

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DVD Rentals: Road to Bali (1952)

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/30/21904/ The sixth Road picture was the last to be produced by Paramount and the only one budgeted for color ...

Review: I Kissed a Vampire

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/30/21881/ What do you get when you combine High School Musical and Twilight? Not much, as demonstrated by this bargain-basement ...

Anchorman Sequel Gets Green Light

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/29/21845/ Will Ferrell made a surprise in-character appearance as the dim-witted fictional San Diego newsman Ron Burgundy on last night's ...

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http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/29/21833/ As you well know, David Elliott does much of the real work around here. I'm usually just the messenger, ...

Phew.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgbH05rQx1s My humble review of Mirror Mirror won't be up until next week's printy-papery edition of the Reader, but I ...

The Internet Giveth?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ka8gomr1B0 Yes, Barney, it's all happening again. Dante's Peak and Volcano, Armageddon and Deep Impact, 2012 and Melancholia (heh): moviemaking ...

Elderly Florida Couple Bamboozled by Spike Lee Tweet

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/28/21746/ With the media trial of George Zimmerman igniting social networking sites, Spike Lee decided that he gotta' have in. ...

Spring Into Cinema with the Media Arts Center April Workshops

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/27/21725/ The Media Arts Center San Diego is turning its office on El Cajon Blvd. into a "Digital Gym" this ...

Soul Kitchen Transforms ArtPower! Into a Lofty Dinner and a Movie

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/26/21606/ ArtPower! once again lives up to its promise of "an eclectic mix of interactive film experiences" by offering this ...

Project X-Treme Educational Value

In Light of Bully Movie Campaign for Rating Reduction and Expanded Audience, Project X Filmmakers Push for PG-13 Rating on ...

(No) Bully For You!

Campaign to Reduce Bully Rating to PG-13 Intensifies in Light of Hunger Games' Success "Apparently, bullying is more shocking than ...

Hunger Games Biggest Grossing Non-Sequel Ever to Debut at Midnight

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/23/21466/ Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games is the biggest money making sequel ever to have a midnight ...

Horror-Cultural Literacy?

So there's this movie coming out about a young man who can talk to dead people, and must use his ...

Review: The Hunger Games

Yes, The Hunger Games is like The Running Man meets The Truman Show...with a heart! No, that's not a bad ...

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http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/mar/22/21354/ David Elliott begins and ends this week's review with fishy fantasies — first of fishing, then of serving. Salmon ...

How Much for the Avengers' Mansion?

So The Avengers continues its bloated, lumbering stroll toward release, and yesterday, I ran across these scintillating publicity photos of...room ...

Latino Film Festival Announces its Winners

The San Diego Latino Film Festival just called "cut" on its 19th season and with it comes their eternal gratitude ...

Rape?

So when I got home from seeing The Lorax, The Wife asked, "Well? Did they rape your childhood?" "Not really," ...

Robert DeNiro Buckles Under Pressure and Apologizes for "Racist" Remark

He starred as The King of Comedy, but anyone who has seen We're No Angels or The Fockers films knows ...

Stooges

Well, the Three Stooges have been getting a lot of play around these here parts of late, what with the ...

Walking Dead Season 2: More To Hate, Enough To Love?

Back when I essayed at length on my problems with season one of this downbeat drama that so many people ...

The Title or Trailer Game IV: Catch It!

With Valerie Scher's superb Casablanca quiz still buzzing in our minds, why not complicate your lives even further with another ...

Richard Gere Blasts Pretty Woman for All the Wrong Reasons

She ain't pretty no more. Pretty Woman took in more than $460 million at the box office and, along with ...

Dark Shadows 1970 - 2012: Reboots Don't HAVE To Suck, Mr. Burton!

The trailer for the upcoming Johnny Depp/Tim Burton reboot of the '60s/'70s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows is finally out ...

The Trailer for Dark Shadows is...*Sigh*...Here.

Wow. Just wow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isjg9O7ifwM So Johnny Depp has adopted a bold, new eye-makeup routine for this one... Actually, that's not ...

Review: Bullhead

A police officer tries in vain to understand how a pair of questionable types, that just happen to hail from ...

Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home

While contemplating the universe's daily arrangement of signs and fate, a wrong number in search of Kevin causes Jeff (Jason ...

Review: Casa de Mi Padre

I had a good time at Casa de Mi Padre, Will Ferrell's semi-send-up of Mexican telenovelas (filmed, we are told ...

Casablanca Returns to Big Screens for 70th Anniversary

How will you celebrate the 70th anniversary of Casablanca? You’ve got three new options. You can see the cherished classic ...

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John Rubio piles on the John Carter Meh-Train this week, but first... 21 Jumpstreet? Did we learn nothing from the ...

Sandra Bernhard at the La Jolla Playhouse

It was all very last minute, but I'm delighted that comedian, author, actress, and singer Sandra Bernhard was able to ...

Comedy is Pain Dept.

In Jack & Jill, Adam Sandler sought to work through some of the self-loathing that comes with becoming insanely wealthy ...

Wrestling Aztec Mummies and a Spaghetti Western Coming to SDLFF

Five days remain, and if you are looking for a movie to see at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, ...

Travis Bickle's Rules for Everyday Living, Lesson #1: How to Shine Your Shoes

My dad was big on Simonized shoes. Decades before Marty and Nick Pileggi popularized the term, Larry Marks had a ...

Turn Who On, Now?

Sometimes, a fellow can spend all day on the iTunes trailer page, you know? Especially when there are films like ...

A Tale of Two Trailers

Fascinating. Below is one trailer for the upcoming Clive Owen psychological thriller The Intruders. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy2vRMKa3kU Here's the description that accompanies ...

Time Flies

First thought upon seeing poster for crummy-looking (seriously, some of the dialogue sounds like it belongs on local cable access) ...

FOUND: Big Screen Blogger Scott Marks' Long-Lost Cousin, Eddie Pepitone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaU5GiAm1ws I mean, Mr. Marks got all the looks and even more of the hair, but still, the spiritual resemblance ...

An Open Letter to Thin Ice-Stomper, Elizabeth Redleaf

The watered-down version of Jill Sprecher's The Convincer is currently playing at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas under the name Thin Ice. ...

Review: Post Mortem

Were it not for the San Diego Latino Film Festival, I might never have been given a proper introduction to ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: First Look at Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger

"Oboy. Look, people, when Gore Verbinski said he wasn't going to give us a 'straight' version of The Lone Ranger, ...

Anatomy of a Press Photo: First Look at Johnny Depp as Tonto

"Okay, for about 96% of the world, Depp is Captain Jack Sparrow, end of story. Apparently, the other 4% think ...

What Happened? Russell Crowe

This one is a little scary to undertake, because Russell Crowe is a little scary. I'm not talking about thrown ...

Complete Rundown of The San Diego Latino Film Festival's Opening Night Celebración!

Get ready for 11 jam-packed days and over 150 films: the San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off it 19th ...

Reviews!

David Elliott is rested and ready following his post-Oscars period of mourning, and so here we go with Ralph "I ...

Dig a Hole: Robert B. Sherman, Disney Songwriter

Robert B. Sherman, who along with his younger brother, Richard M. Sherman, was responsible for numerous cherished Disney classics, died ...

The San Diego Asian Film Festival Encourages You to Let the Bullets Fly

Let the Bullets Fly begins its run this Friday at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, and the San Diego Asian Film ...

Promotional Tie-Ins 101

How's this for a brilliant bit of joint promotion? What better than The Lorax to give its seal of approval ...

"Because we lost the war."

That's another line from the author Walker Percy, in answer to a question about why the South produced so many ...

Michigan Man Files Suit Against AMC Theatres Over Costly Concession Prices

A security technician from Livonia, Michigan is taking AMC Theatres to court over the high price of popcorn. Joshua Thompson, ...

Well played, Illumination.

"I know! Let's make a kids' movie where the villain is an economic overlord who doesn't care one whit about ...

Dig a Hole: Bruce Surtees, The Prince of Darkness

He was the Prince of Darkness, the man who lowered the bar when it came to low-key lighting. Most cinematographers ...

Short Takes: The Lorax

Color Dr. Seuss’s “earth-friendly” children’s book gloomy-green and Illumination Entertainment’s animated counterpart a blinding shade of pestled-pastels. (Consider sporting two ...

Review: Project X

Here's my problem with the party-gone-wild movie Project X: someone took a perfectly good black comedy and grafted it onto ...

Tim and Eric's $275.00 Interview

Bad taste stalks me with a near John Warnock Hinckley-like intensity. I sat amongst the opening-nighters when Pink Flamingos premiered ...

Review: John Carter of Mars

Relax everybody: no review embargoes have been broken, no colleagues beaten to the punch. Civil War veteran-turned martian-hunter, John Carter, ...

Project X Interview: Kirby Bliss Blanton

A new day, a new trailer for Project X, the party-gone-wild movie opening Friday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj_ZNnehHAQ You wouldn't know it from ...

And While We're On the Subject...

...don't forget the Disney Gas Mask!