Big Screen Entries for November, 2012

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Free movies of the week - Martial Arts, Hook and Heathers

Who says there has to be a pattern?

Bruce Lee! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIWf9ghLF98 Jackie Chan! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3gRXLmjkuY Jet Li! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d59rUHcAPNM Captain Hook! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iql7-aO5uH0 Heathers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2OPV6iuk2o

3D TV? Someone tell Ralph Kramden the wait is over

My heart goes out to Danny Baldwin, friend, colleague, and recent purchaser of a 3D TV. He posted the following ...

Timothy Spall, the man who should be king

Hopkins has Hollywood street cred, but Spall would have pulled it off without a hitch

Local actor and old friend George Weinberg-Harter beat me to it with his response to my review of Hitchcock posted ...

What could go wrong?

Hey! Super was about real-life superheroes! Let's hire that guy to direct a superhero movie for Disney!

Oh, good grief. So James Gunn, who directed the nasty, brutish, and short (but also sweet, pure, and almost religious) ...

Streisand's finger of Guilt points at Monster-In-Law

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/29/36205/ What is it with these high-powered screen legends coming out of semi-retirement long enough to dreck the halls by ...

One owner 1966 Batmobile for sale

Designer George Barris hopes to fetch millions of da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-dollars at auction

Holy motors, Batman! No, not that pretentious Leos Carax bore. The original Batmobile hits the auction block this January. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/29/36195/ ...

Opening this week

Oh, Hitchcock, you mean thing, you. You broke Scott's heart. As if The Girl wasn't rough enough on the guy. ...

James Bond, brand whore

Wound up seeing Skyfall a second time; found that I was still irked by the branding. There certainly was a ...

Film Independent Spirit Awards let loose their 2013 nominations

It's beginning to smell a lot like Oscar

What separates the Independent Spirit Awards from the Academy Awards? Guests are allowed to consume alcohol during the ceremony. I ...

Lost gems of the ‘60s: Gates to Paradise (1968) with Jenny Agutter, Pauline Challoner

Obscure 13th century Christian “Children’s Crusade” as twisted teen road trip to Jerusalem

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/27/36102/ I’ve long been fascinated by the so-called “Children’s Crusade,” historically described as a peaceful march to Jerusalem launched around ...

Review: Liz and Dick

Liz and...DUCK!!!

Having just touched down from the planet Pluto, completely unaware of who Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were, one look ...

Hey, how 'bout that Bob Hope garage sale, huh?

I'm temporarily stationed in Burbank approximately a mile-and-a-half from ground zero, the Toluca Lake home of Bob and Dolores Hope. ...

Dig a hole: Larry Hagman

As a student of I Dream of Jeannie who never made it all the way through an episode of Dallas, ...

Dig a hole: Deborah Raffin

If the name fails to ring a bell it's either because you aren't old enough to have gone to the ...

Opening this week

It's Thanksgiving time, but who to thank? God? Does He even exist? Credit Life of Pi for even taking up ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

The good people behind Hitchcock - coming soon! - sent 'round a greeting card featuring Hitch and a bird about ...

Look out!

Oh, no, Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina! That train is about to run over that wax statue of you! Between ...

Dig a Fox Hole: David Copley

Chances are, were it not for David Copley I'd still be in Chicago. It was due in part to Copley's ...

Thanksgiving, Danny Rose style

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. No dead trees in the living room or drunken revelers who can't keep ...

Mr. Romney goes to Cinépolis

After the sun sets on his presidential aspirations, former candidate and wife take in "Twilight" finale

What is so shocking about a wealthy Republican sore loser wanting to spend his Saturday evening watching a film about ...

Today in Making Up Rumors: Tom Hardy set to play Fidel Castro in biopic helmed by Michael Moore

I mean, just look at the photo! It could totally be true! http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/20/35747/

Elmo puppeteer resigns from Sesame Street

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/20/35743/ It was the clash heard round the schoolyard. Kevin Clash, the puppeteer and longtime voice of Sesame Street's beloved ...

Today on Cinema de la YouTube: Boxcar Bertha

Given my co-blogger's deep love for Mr. Scorsese and his deep antipathy for the laptop screen as a display option ...

Bob Hope's Palm Springs digs up for sale

$45 million, no questions asked

Legendary was Toluca Lake where Bob Hope decreed his stately joke vault. Today, almost as legendary is Hope's high desert ...

Today is Scorsese's birthday!

Let all children sing His praise

I first see Him on the screen of the open sewer that was the Howard Theatre on Howard St. underneath ...

VHS Blowout!

You remember VHS, don't you?

Seriously, this is awesome. And because it's Kensington Video, you know you're not going to be stuck slogging through '80s ...

Opening this week

"Abe, darling, I know you saved the Union and all, but do we have to bring that flag everywhere we ...

Twilight! Twilight! Twilight! Twilight!

It's over!

Well, my review is up, not that it's going to sway all the people who were going to see it ...

Free movies of the week: Hitchcock's earliest surviving film unearthed

Long thought lost, "The White Shadow" (1924) debuts on National Film Preservation Foundation website.

Pictured: Betty Compson in "The White Shadow" (1924) Normally the Free movies of the week column runs on Friday, but ...

Dig a hole: Elvis outfitter Bernard Lansky

Garment king to the King dead at 85

Bernard Lansky was a Memphis-based schmate-peddler whose tips on sartorial nuance helped to establish a young Elvis Presley's signature clothing ...

A further look at the trailer for 21 & Over

Goose, gander, etc. After slapping quotes from the down-with-drinking Smashed trailer under images from the up-with-drinking 21 & Over trailer, ...

Amazing Grace and the Maestro

An interview with "The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 2" cast members Maggie Grace and Mia Maestro

Let's be honest: my knowledge of and appreciation for the Twilight series is negligible at best. I love Taken and ...

A closer look at the trailer for 21 & Over

So I'm watching the trailer for the AA drama Smashed... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHqKc0Fqa08 (Actually, I was watching this version, sponsored by someone ...

Beard power

Greatness is but an accessory away

Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis is commonly thought of as the best actor working in Hollywood today. How does he do ...

DVD Rentals: Lilith

Jean Seberg & Warren Beatty star as inmates in director Robert Rossen's stylish insane asylum

I head up to Burbank for a little R&R and wind up with the flu. What better way to pass ...

James Bond, still a pig

I mean, it's one thing to enjoy Bond's piggishness; it's another to deny it.

Remember when James Bond converted lesbian Pussy Galore to Team Peen by tossing her around a hayloft? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pUXH1Bye88 Ooh, sexist. ...

Judy Garland's Oz dress fetches over the rainbow price at auction

The blue gingham dress that Dorothy Gale wore on her journey to Oz was sold to the highest bidder last ...

Lux@Night

Merriment, goods, art

Lux@Night & Lux Trunk Show takes place this Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. Guests can view museum works, and ...

Jimi Hendrix full Woodstock set gets theatrical screenings in Nov/Dec

In Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's birth, fans will — for the first time ever — see ...

Free movies of the week: First films

First films by Scorsese, Jane Campion, David Lynch, Buster Keaton, and more

Opening night as MoPA's inaugural film curator was a black tie, members-only affair. Since the occasion was the christening of ...

A closer look at the trailer for World War Z

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcwTxRuq-uk "I'm not gonna force you, but don't pretend you're not well-suited for the job." And why would Brad Pitt ...

Star Wars: The Seniors Strike Back

Personally, I'm tickled pink by the news that the original cast members may be returning for Episode VII. The kids ...

A closer look at the trailer for Silent Night

Some days, it's just harder to write about movies than others, you know? Because some days, you decide to see ...

Opening this week

It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt world this week at The Big Screen as my better blog half comes through ...

Porn producers eager to flee LA after passage of Measure B

How green was the Valley

The San Fernando Valley without porn?! What is this great country of ours coming to? The people have spoken. With ...

Interview with A Late Quartet Director and Co-Writer Yaron Zilberman

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/08/35147/ Yaron Zilberman A Late Quartet tells the story of the Fugue String Quartet during the lead-up to its 25th ...

November workshops at Media Arts Center San Diego

"Intro to Final Cut Pro 101" and "Creating a Promo Video for your Non Profit and/or Small Business" debut this month

Media Arts Center San Diego pulls back the curtain to reveal two new digital workshops this month. Alberto Lopez, a ...

Interview with The Loneliest Planet Writer-Director Julia Loktev

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/07/35127/ Julia Loktev The Loneliest Planet tells the story of Alex and Nica, a happily engaged couple on an adventure ...

A closer look at the promo photo for Last Vegas

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/07/35093/

Coda to Mr. M's post on Bud Flight ("Tastes great! No swilling!")

Really, nothing more need be said, but I couldn't help but notice this delightful juxtaposition over at FilmDrunk: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/07/35091/

Gangway to Hell: The Love Boat sails again

It floats back to you

It was Central Casting's answer to the elephant's graveyard, the last shot at the limelight for many a faded star. ...

Budweiser: The beer that made Zemeckis grimace

I betcha' Denzel Washington wishes he had a Schlitz in his latest, the "don't drink and fly drama," Flight. Budweiser ...

SDAFF adds encore screenings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISqCjjoOrfw In case you missed the San Diego Asian Film Festival's opening night presentation of Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, ...

RunPee tells you when to go

App indicates best time to take the pause that refreshes

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/06/35048/ First rule of moviegoing: so as not to miss a precious moment of the gift of cinema be sure ...

The Hunger Games at Pearl Hotel

The Pearl Hotel (1410 Rosecrans St) hosts its weekly free "cinema social" tomorrow, November 7, at 8 p.m. The hotel ...

Finally got around to seeing The Man with the Iron Fists

Review is here. Liked it more than I thought I would. There was love in the making.

Calling Bull****: Kelly Reilly's junkie angel in Flight

Sometimes things stick in your craw, you know? So this movie Flight came out last weekend, and in this movie, ...

Sunday at SDAFF: Video interview with H.P. Mendoza, Brian Hu, Dave Boyle, and Goh Nakamura

If you think the San Diego Asian Film Festival is only about showing good movies, guess again. SDAFF is also ...

Review: Henge

A wife (Aki Morita) sticks by her husband (Kazunari Aizawa) even when a bug bite begins turning him into a ...

Also opening this week

Even though we never got a chance to see it, we really should mention The Man with the Iron Fists: ...

Opening this week

Surprise! Scott Marks busts out four stars - four stars! - for The Sessions. The John Hawkes Ascension continues apace. ...

Overheard at the La Jolla screening for Flight

"Denzel Boo-TAY!" I think it's safe to say that this particular critic/appreciator of Denzel booty was disappointed by what the ...

SDAFF tonight: 2 by H. P. Mendoza

"Yes, We're Open" and "I Am a Ghost" screen at UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/nov/02/34817/ Friends of the San Diego Asian Film Festival will no doubt remember screenwriter H.P. Mendoza and director Richard Wong’s ...

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