Big Screen Entries for April, 2013

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Interview: Pierce Kavanagh, San Diego Surf Film Festival co-founder

Festival #2 runs May 8 - 12

I don't know my groms from my salties or a hoot from a shaka. What I'm certain of is the ...

Tribecka

DeNiro's festival recognizes America's premier lunatic

As if "The Big Wedding" were not bad enough, this is the second time this week Robert DeNiro has become ...

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile coming this week to an Albertsons near you

One bun closes, another opens. Last week ended with talk of Costco fans now having to wash down their weenies ...

Outrage at Costco food court: Pepsi replaces Coke

First Hebrews out, Kirkland in, and now this!

Who cares if it has nothing to do with movies? This is vital news the entire San Diego community needs ...

Relief for Gaslamp moviegoers' parking woes

A buck-an-hour at Park It on Market!

It was my first trip to Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 since the evil monkeys at Westfield's Horton Plaza garage rescinded ...

New releases opening this week: Graceland, Mud, Upstream Color and more

Supposedly, the summer blockbuster season kicked off today with Michael Bay's pastel musclebound nightmare Pain & Gain. But Scott hated ...

Review: 10 reasons why The Big Wedding was an offer DeNiro couldn't refuse

10.) It offered the chance to fulfill DeNiro's lifelong dream of being vomited on in a Katherine Heigl romcom. 9.) ...

DVD Rentals: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/25/44406/ The exact quote escapes me, but James Coburn once said something along the lines of, "When did pictures with ...

DVD Rentals: Flying Leathernecks

World War II had come to an end and the Korean war was just ramping up, but the main motivation ...

Review: La Pirogue

For once a film on the subject of smuggling refugees that is not based on a true story. My initial ...

Dig a hole: Allan Arbus

He had the boogie on his fingers and the hubba-hubba in his soul!

It's one thing to overlook the fact that Allan Arbus was the only actor ever to immortalize screwball comedy director ...

Ashley Judd was not the first actor to die in a trailer!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/22/44189/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN-SShi58cI

The long, long titles: Part 2

Including a special tribute to "Rocky(s)!"

Part 2 in my investigative series of movies with names so long, one title card can't hold 'em. You'll find ...

Digital Gym offers workshops on acting, post-production, and how to make a short film

In addition to being San Diego's latest destination for art and independent films, the Media Arts Center San Diego's Digital ...

I tried to watch Layer Cake and this is what happened

You, dear readers, are intelligent media consumers and also connoisseurs of the web. So you've all seen The Oatmeal's excellent ...

Colonel Sanders, call your agent

I'm not gonna link to the trailer for R.I.P.D., which stands for Rest In Peace Department, because that's hilarious and ...

Review: Future Weather

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/19/44110/ A chain-smoking, beer-sloshing grandmother (Amy Madigan) is forced to attend to her environmentally attuned granddaughter (Perla Haney-Jardine) after the ...

Oblivion: symbolism is fun!

Why, yes, Tom Cruise's character does dress in white and live in an ivory tower above the clouds. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/19/44091/ And ...

New releases opening this week: To the Wonder, Oblivion, and more

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/19/44088/ They'll always have Paris. I liked To the Wonder. A lot. Others were less enthusiastic. C'est la vie. I ...

Pac-Arts 3rd Annual Spring Showcase

8 days, 12 films!

Spring is in the air and that means another outstanding showcase of world cinema from Pac-Arts Movement. I've yet to ...

Review: Scary Movie V

After Beetlejuice's cameo in Scary Movie II provided the only legitimate laugh in the film, a pass on all future ...

Trailer Park: Man of Steel

Fight heterophobia!

You know, "fear of the different." Because if a super-dude saved my son from a bus that was sinking into ...

National Association of Theatre Owners President asks Hollywood to make fewer R-rated films

Guns don't kill people, R-rated movies do

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/17/43972/ In an attempt to put a Band-Aid on the gushing wounds caused by recent gun violence in America, NATO ...

The long, long titles: Part 1

Movies with names so long, one card can't hold 'em

Fox News notwithstanding, America's generally pride themselves on brevity, particularly when it comes to opening credit sequences. Look how much ...

May Day Workers Film Festival April 26 - 28 & May 1

The May Day Workers Film Festival is a grass roots organization made up of local San Diego workers and students ...

Review: The Company You Keep

It's a battle of the tousled headdresses when Redford's thatched weave and Shia LaBeouf's combed-with-a-washcloth curls go head to head. ...

FOLLOW US, DAMMIT!

Just a gentle reminder that Matthew and I are quite the social media butterflies. Having maxed out my 5,000 followers ...

Zaid Abu Hamdan brings his shorts to MoPA

Award-winning Jordanian director comes to Balboa Park as part of Arab Film Festival

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/15/43728/ Jordanian director Zaid Abu Hamdan will be in town on Saturday, May 4 to screen three of his award-winning ...

The diarrhea of Justin Bieber

Visit to the Anne Frank House gives pause for self-reflection

It's Bieber's world. We just live in it. Teen pop heartthrob Justin Bieber and his posse took time away from ...

Review: Paris-Manhattan

Remember this indescribably perfect pair of street strangers that Woody Allen solicits advice from in Annie Hall: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/12/43622/ She's very ...

Dig a hole: Jonathan Winters

God must have been in dire need of a good laugh. Someone please inform Jerry, Albert, Howard, and Joan they ...

Free movies of the week: The Jackie Robinson Story

What differentiates The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) from 42, the $40 million biopic -- based on the life of the ...

New releases opening this week: 42, Trance, Room 237, and more

When you've got a story like Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, maybe the best move ...

Dig a hole: Mickey Rose

Woody Allen's former writing partner was 77

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/11/43568/ The man responsible for many of the howls contained in three of Woody Allen's earliest and funniest movies is ...

Goodfellas Scorsese and Liotta go back to school in Campus Life

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/11/43562/ I can understand Ray Liotta needing the work, but what is Marty doing acting in a low budget sci-fi ...

Play it again: the movie music of Woody Allen

I've always looked upon Woody Allen as my celluloid rabbi. In addition to imparting Jewish wisdom (and a heritage of ...

Lickona finally in on the joke

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/09/43503/ How many times in this space have I made veiled, and not-so veiled references to Dean Martin and Jerry ...

Digital Gym open for business

MACSD's screening venue passes white glove test

The Media Arts Center's new screening room has been open to the public for over a week. Today marked my ...

A closer look at the poster for Iron Man 3

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/09/43459/ Um, Tony? Maybe don't punch things with the hand that doesn't have any armor on it. Did you learn ...

Death imitates art

Oh, man. FilmDrunk reports on an English film director who died while trying to live like a homeless person. Basically, ...

David Elliott remembers Roger Ebert

Former Chicago rival recalls Ebert before Siskbert

Where was I when Roger Ebert died? He'd have been proud. I was all alone in the Clairemont Town Square ...

Iron Man 3 director refuses to comment on whether or not he added nipples to the Iron Man suit

Dept. of No, Not really

Is it Batman all over again? http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/08/43381/

So, what are you doing tonight?

A couple of things you might have missed.

http://vimeo.com/56897454 People, I Am Not A Hipster. But then, you knew that. A hipster would never write for anything so ...

See the book, read the movie 2

A pictorial history of title credits from literary adaptations N thru Z

More storybook openings from a time when Hollywood proudly used literacy as a selling tool. A thru M can be ...

New releases opening this week

Scott Marks must have changed his meds to something that softens the heart. Either that, or the Aussies know how ...

Why I walked out on Evil Dead

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/04/43244/ Never one to second guess my partner in print, in light of Matthew's one star review of Evil Dead, ...

Evil Dead review is up

Because some of you are going tonight, right?

RIP Roger Ebert

I'm sure my partner will have much more to say about the death of critical giant Roger Ebert. But I ...

See the book, read the movie

A pictorial history of title credits from literary adaptations A thru M

Read any good movies lately? Long before hardbound comic books like Harry Potter and Twilight began passing for literature, and ...

The Shining is The Evil Dead

Paging Room 237: I got yer fancy explanation right here.

So there's a movie coming out on Friday called The Evil Dead. It's an updated remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 ...

Breakdowns, blow-ups, and boners from the Warner Bros. vault

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/03/43107/ Television's last great gasp of inventiveness came when Kermit 'Mr. Blooper' Schaefer passed the boner baton to Dick Clark. ...

Sandler v. Apatow on middle age

Remember This is 40, Judd Apatow's meditation on what his life would be like if he looked like Paul Rudd? ...

Shia LaBeouf is the gift that keeps on giving.

So the kerfuffle between Shia LaBeouf and Alec Baldwin from a while back came up again when The Beef went ...

Pixar announces second Finding Nemo sequel for 2017

Dept. of No, Not Really

So Finding Nemo 2, er, Finding Dory, is due for 2015. Because while Albert Brooks as a father reconnecting with ...

Fox News and Jim Carrey gum it out

Fox News' Greg Gutfeld called Jim Carrey, "probably the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth...He's such a ...

Tyson tweets tattoo adieu

The following post appeared in Mike Tyson's Twitter feed yesterday: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/02/42962/ Has the Champ finally come to his senses or ...

Pac-Arts Spring Showcase goes 'Linsane!'

Trailblazing Asian American NBA player, Jeremy Lin, subject of new documentary

As a die hard sportsophobe, I wouldn't know Jeremy Lin from Lynn Swann. Well, that last statement isn't entirely true. ...

Trailer Park: The Iceman cometh

I'm such a purist that the thought of watching even so much as a trailer on my computer is hateful. ...