Big Screen Entries for September, 2012

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Beatles Stories screening (Oct. 2), Fab 4 Musical (Oct. 5), and BeatleFair Convention (Oct. 27)

SoCal Beatles fans will find several treats in their October goodie bags. First up is a DVD release and L.A. ...

Opening this week

Phew! Lots going on, folks! Fall is well and truly upon us. Looper is the hot big release of the ...

Interview with Solomon Kane writer-director Michael J. Bassett

That hat! Solomon Kane was the creation of Robert E. Howard, the fantasy writer who gave the world Conan the ...

Free movies of the week: Educational films 101

No matter how gloomy a day it was outside, nothing brightened the inside of a classroom more than when the ...

Ben Affleck is a "wonder sperm kind of guy"

While guesting on Ellen, Jennifer Garner let slip a bit of information that many in the entertainment industry have speculated ...

San Diego Film Festival at MCASD

On Friday, September 28, the San Diego Film Festival will screen four films in the Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum ...

Review: Looper

In a dystopian universe that resembles any number of cramped, squalid depictions of a Hollywoodized future, the mob blindfolds finks ...

Be the first in your town to see Paranormal Activity 4

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/27/32338/ It's seldom you'll find me promoting a film sight unseen, but I must admit to being a fan of ...

Interview with The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer-director Stephen Chbosky

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/27/32337/ Stephen Chbosky, left, on the set of the film. The coming-of-age film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based ...

Interview: David Spaltro brings Things I Don't Understand to the San Diego Film Festival

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/26/32293/ David Spaltro found me three years ago while Emulsion Compulsion was still alive and thriving. He had just finished ...

Scenes you probably won't see at tonight's opening of the San Diego Film Festival

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/26/32284/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/26/32283/ On (in?) the other hand, three times would make it a trend! But seriously, tonight marks the opening ...

Betty Boop is back!

The jobless rate must be going down. Even Betty Boop is off the unemployment line! She starred in over 100 ...

Horton Plaza 14: And then there were 7

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/24/32115/ The "Everything Must Go" signs draped across the windows confirmed the rumor. When Sam Goody's hits the wrecking ball ...

Can you survive the Shutter Island room at the Haunted Hotel?

Hey, kids. Count Floyd here asking the bone-chilling question, "Baby, why are you wet?" Is it because you've been doused ...

Last summer movies in the park

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/24/32086/ On Saturday, September 29, The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation will feature the last two ...

The Laughing Alligator

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is featuring Juan Downey's The Laughing Alligator in the downtown building (1001 Kettner ...

Review: House at the End of the Street

It's never a good sign when a major release is not shown to the press ahead of time. (There was ...

Horrible Imaginings

The two-day Horrible Imaginings Film Festival will take place on Monday and Tuesday, October 1-2 at 8:00 p.m. with a ...

Free movies of the week: Logomania

Given my penchant for posting hopelessly arcane logo quizzes, it's safe to say that I'm a sucker for studio "idents." ...

Free movies of the week - the kids are most definitely not all right edition

Kids today, right? With their podcasts and their internet radio. They'll never understand the courage and determination of a pirate ...

Movie fashion by Siobhan Braun, Jr.

Big Screen blogger and Reader film critic Scott Marks goes to the movies. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/20/31927/ Reader Hat: Freebie thrown to Marks ...

Who would you cast to star in a Diana Vreeland biopic?

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/20/31909/ This morning's telephone call from England got me thinking. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye has ...

The many spectacle/facial hair combos of delightful character actor Stanley Tucci

Look, I didn't choose the blog life, the blog life chose me. So yeah, I'm supposed to be doing other ...

Entre Les Bras (Step Up to the Plate)

The Loft at UC-San Diego (911 Lyman Lane, Price Center East) will be screening Entre Les Bras (Step Up to ...

Opening this week

Surprise, surprise, I liked The Master. I'm a sucker for alienated vets with a predilection for booze and women. I ...

A closer look at the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5bvK-pMzJM&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1 When you're taking a children's book and stretching it into a nine-hour film, you naturally want to avoid the ...

A closer look at the trailer for Skyfall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgr2syY_OU4 You can see it, right? Javier Bardem's inspiration? It's amazing, the finest homage I've seen one actor pay another ...

First Friday Films: The Maltese Falcon

On Friday, October 5 the The San Diego Museum of Art (1450 El Prado) will screen The Maltese Falcon at ...

Interview: Nicholas Jarecki, the man behind Arbitrage

Nicholas Jarecki’s industry calling card was the 2001 book Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start. After several ...

Rear Window

Cinema Under the Stars will screen Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1954 film Rear Window from Thursday to Saturday, September 27-29. "Delicious ...

More subtitles for dummies

Last week's opening salvo was literally months in the making. As if a bolt from above, the following frames appeared ...

Local filmmaker Rebecca Tolin knows how to market her documentary

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/18/31761/ When last we spoke, documentary filmmaker Rebecca Tolin was nursing her wounds after being a last minute shut out ...

Today in merchandising: moonshine!

Between Lawless and The Master, Annapurna Pictures is starting to build a name for itself as the most moonshiney production ...

Meet The 3 Stooges, Peter Lorre, Bette Davis, and more in person!

My first meeting with Jerry Lewis should have been in 1963 when he made an opening-night appearance at Skokie's Old ...

Ken Cinema not 100 after all

My face is red, but I'm in good company. A 1990 University of San Diego graduate history survey on file ...

Hollywood consternation

My favorite part about the news that The Master set a per-screen box-office record last weekend (a record previously held ...

Action movies galore

This week from Monday through Thursday (September 17-20) South Bay Drive-In (2170 Coronado Ave) features action and horror on their ...

Welcome, meet my parents

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/15/31531/ UC-San Diego is screening the 1989 surrealist comedy/horror film Parents on Thursday, September 27, on the East Lawn of ...

Free kids' movie @ Silver Wing Rec Center

On Saturday, September 22, Happy Feet Two will screen for free at Silver Wing Neighborhood Park (3737 Arey Dr) around ...

Free movies of the week - big themes edition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVuqYkI2jQ To celebrate the release of the trailer for Spielberg's Lincoln, here's Spielberg's Amistad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxRfe6C3otM&feature=related At the other end of ...

Hillary Clinton stands up for offensive art.

It is with great fear and trepidation that I post anything about the whole Innocence of Muslims nightmare, because it's ...

A closer look at the trailer for Mama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Am7i7uM9r0 Hold on, a couple of those frames didn't appear the way they were supposed to... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/14/31490/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/14/31489/ Okay, okay, ...

Opening This Week

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/14/31492/ Resident Evil: Retribution was not screened for the press. Being the admirer of the franchise that I am, I'll ...

4 films @ Santee Drive-In

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/14/31486/ This weekend (Fri-Sat) Santee Drive-In Theatre (10990 Woodside Ave) screens four films--two for adults and two for younger children. ...

Deceptive advertising practices used to promote MCASD La Jolla's On Screen gala

The headline reads "Monte Carlo On Screen" and their website features a photo of Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich in ...

Tough Guys vs. Stand-Up Guys: compare and contrast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CEd1w04gl4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drm7lTx08ro So, when the next generation of actors gets old and grumpy, who will take up the mantle? Special ...

Horton Hears a Who! @ Cabrillo Heights Park

This is the fourth to last screening in the Summer Movies in the Park series hosted by The County of ...

A closer look at the trailer for Smashed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv48b4cpLCA What's that you say? A love story about a couple who bond over a shared love of booze? Color ...

British 'ninjas' silence disruptive theatre patrons

The movie has been on for less than 10 minutes when some punk with a short attention span decides that ...

The Master meets his Mistress.

Favorite exchange from the critical banter prior to this morning's screening of The Master, the highly-anticipated, L. Ron Hubbard-inspired new ...

Tung-Tied

Stop the presses! Did a certain writer new to The Big Screen with a name that rhymes with "Bobbin Stung" ...

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/12/31412/ Cinema Under the Stars (4040 Goldfinch St) is featuring Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade this Thursday through Saturday ...

Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan

A washed-up actress abandons her career to ride the coattails of a powerful man. Has Jane Fonda lost her mind? ...

Review: Branded

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/10/31231/ Oddly enough, Roadside Attractions, the studio marketing Branded, a new thriller-cum-satire of humanity’s dependence on corporate logos, saw no ...

A closer look at the trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

My, my, times have changed. Used to be, all you needed to get rid of a witch was a stake ...

Subtitles for dummies

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Storm Month IMAX films

September is officially Storm Month at the Reuben H. Fleet Center (1875 El Prado) and on Friday, September 14 the ...

Moneyball @ Kimball Park

On Friday, September 14, Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, and Jonah Hill will play at Little Padres Field at ...

Si Puo Fare at MOPA

On Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m., the Museum of Photographic Art (1649 El Prado) will show Si Puo Fare ...

Interview with Samsara producer Mark Magidson and director Ron Fricke

When I first tried to describe Samsara to my wife, I said, "Think of Life magazine in its heyday, the ...

Free movies of the week: Rocky edition.

I'm so very pleased to see Mr. Marks getting on the free-movie bandwagon, but that doesn't mean that I won't ...

Free movies of the weak: Iron lungs on film

The last time I cried during a movie was when I glanced at my watch and realized there were still ...

Take your best girl to dinner and Bad Kung-Fu Lee

This action-packed ad from Nov. 8, 1980, posted on Facebook by my old friend Ted Okuda, needed to be shared: ...

Opening this week.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/06/31032/ Branded: Yummy? Scott Marks had few kind words for The Words, no matter how prettily Bradley Cooper batted his ...

Time is running out for you to see Love Carrot 3 in a theater!

You've got four showings left. All today. Act now. Because even though it appears to be entirely in Russian and ...

Cinema en tu Idioma continues tomorrow with Un Cuento Chino

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/06/31019/ Praiseworthy blurbs like "heartwarming" and "hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy" are generally enough to keep me away from a movie forever. ...

Branded: color me cautiously hopeful.

Quick, name ten movies that feature global conspiracies. What's that? You couldn't possibly keep the list to just ten? I ...

Why I walked out of Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/06/31004/ Outside the pavement was sweltering, but it was cool inside the Gaslamp #7. The focus was crisp and the ...

The Words: No, Bradley.

Mr. Marks agrees. Click to enlarge. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/06/31001/

Local 3D Film Production Company Helms Osaka Popstar Video

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/06/30985/ PassmoreLab, the San Diego-based 3D production studio, has teamed up with indie-punk-rock outfit Osaka Popstar for a stereoscopic 3D ...

First image of Chris Pine as Jack Ryan!

What, I say, WHAT could handsome devil Chris Pine and Woodenhead Jones - sorry, Kevin Costner - be gawking at? ...

SDAFF screens documentary Give Up Tomorrow tomorrow night at MoPA

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/05/30962/ It's September, and that means it's time for The San Diego Asian Film Festival to present another of its ...

Hugo Awards snub Hugo, copyright robots shut down video feed

When the words, "Worldcon (World Science Fiction Convention) banned due to copyright infringement" hit the screen, Fanboys everywhere were ready ...

North Park's Boulevard Nights to showcase films from MACSD's Teen Producers Project

No matter how great and glorious an event it may be, the Media Arts Center San Diego means so much ...

Let's all go to the lobby to make a down payment on a bag of popcorn

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/04/30837/ Living in a town where it rains something like 12 days out of the year has a tendency of ...

Labor Day movies at drive-in

Tonight South Bay Drive-In (2170 Coronado Ave) is screening 6 new releases on their 3 screens. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/sep/03/30796/ At 8:30 p.m., ...

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