Big Screen Entries for January, 2013

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San Diego Black Film Festival Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15

Starting tomorrow and running through Sunday, the 11th Annual San Diego Black Film Festival is one of the largest festivals ...

Yeah, we're pretty sure Warm Bodies star Teresa Palmer was grown in a lab

"Okay, I need Charlize's brow structure, lips, and nose. Gimme a little Reese Witherspoon on the chin. You know, I've ...

John Ford A-Go-Go!

Wherever there's a man in need of a pole dance, I'll be there!

A man lives sorta' - well, in jerks, and that's why the appearance of the "Grapes of Wrath A-Go-Go Girls" ...

Trailer Park: Bullet to the Head

The interesting thing is, the actual film is not nearly as cliched as the trailer.

Seriuosly, Scott liked it quite a bit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDiaXZiIJOQ But still. Let the cliched bodies hit the floor. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/30/39273/ "My partner ...

Theatre encourages patrons to text along with the movie

Studios, fearing a bad review will put a dent in the opening weekend take, frequently slap critics with embargoes that ...

Interview: Fisher Stevens is a stand-up guy

It's not often that I agree to an interview prior to viewing a movie. There is nothing quite as uncomfortable ...

Dig a hole: 'Stooge woman' Sally Starr

Philadelphians remember Sally Starr as the cowgirl host of Popeye Theater, a daily after school outlet for Popeye and Clutch ...

"Lost" 1968 Andy Warhol film San Diego Surf to screen in La Jolla

West coast premier March 16 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/28/39108/ ­Andy Warhol filmed San Diego Surf on the shores of La Jolla in May 1968, though it was only ...

Review: Movie 43

If you survive through the closing credits, there's a special thank you to "everyone who ever had a dirty thought." ...

10 favorite lines from Steven Soderbergh's "I'm retiring from movies" interview with New York Magazine

Side Effects hits theaters February 8, and then it's Goodbye to All That

It's a fine interview, but it's awfully long for Interweb consumption. Here are a few highlights: On why he's quitting: ...

Hansel & Gretel made nearly $20 million this weekend, but that's not the real horror

I mean, sure, it was awful. But Jeremy Renner is handsome and muscley, and there are steampunk crossbows, and everybody ...

Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D

If Abe Lincoln can trounce vampires (and Spielberg’s heavy hand) what’s to stop Hollywood from transforming a best-loved, 3,000 word ...

This week's new releases

I know, I know - there isn't much point to listing anything besides Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, is there? ...

Four kinds of crazy: ranking the insanity of John Goodman's Coen brothers characters

So the trailer for the Coen Bros. latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, just came out, and it features this wonderful shot ...

It's the Great Breast Implants, Charlie Brown

Oceanside's Peter Robbins allegedly threatened girlfriend, La Jolla plastic surgeon, and even his dog!

Yesterday, word hit the street that Peter Robbins, an Oceanside resident who in his youth was the voice actor of ...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival tomorrow through Monday at MoPA

The New York Times calls the Human Rights Watch Film Festival the “cinematic conscience of the world.” The six film ...

Good grief: 'Charlie Brown' arrested on felony stalking charges

Oceanside resident scheduled to be arraigned in court today

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/23/38906/ Peter Robbins, an Oceanside resident who in his youth gave voice to Charlie Brown's animated incarnation, has been arrested. ...

Trailer Park: Olympus Has Fallen

BEHOLD THE NEW FACE OF TERROR!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwx1f0kyNwI If there's one thing the remake of Red Dawn taught us, it's that we cannot afford to underestimate the ...

Clive Owen likes vodka

More on this story as it develops

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Lost in Hillcrest: the funniest intersection in town

Where mirth meets mastery...give or take an 'e'

You were expecting maybe the corner of Carrot & Top? http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/22/38795/

Dig a hole: Michael Winner

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/21/38741/ I read the news today, oh boy. Death Wish(es) director Michael Winner kept his appointment with death. Michael Winner ...

Is Zac Efron gunning for James Franco's title as Hollywood's enfant terrible?

WARNING: SORT-OF EXPLICIT MATERIAL AHEAD

The solemnity of the holiday aside, my colleague Mr. Marks has set the tone for today's material on The Big ...

Amy Brenneman delivers the poop with PSA on IBD

It must be tough on celebrities looking for a career-bolstering cause to cozy up to, what with all the good ...

Movies opening this week

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/18/38642/ Scott didn't care much for Mama - nor, for that matter, did he care much for Jessica Chastain in ...

Review: Mama

'Mamma Mia!' was scarier

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/18/38622/ The trailer made it look like an armrest-grabbing good time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZlY47eCdas But... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RtlpXsl8k&list=PLE58FE403677EDD00 Boy kills girl and self thus ...

Interview with The Last Stand director Kim Ji-woon

Hoooo-boy. Lionsgate is going all in on this one. Here we are in the middle of the biggest gun-control debate ...

I found an 8mm film labeled MURDERS in my garage attic

No, seriously

Day late and a dollar short - story of my life. Just months after Ethan Hawke found some 8mm films ...

A closer look at the trailer for Spring Breakers

The most iconic American cinema image you'll see this year? The most iconic American cinema image you'll see this year.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/17/38564/ Sigh. Full trailer here.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile tools through San Diego

27-foot-long phallic fiberglass weenie coming this week to a supermarket near you

For those wondering what the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has to do with The Big Screen movie blog, the phallic roadster ...

Pacino is Paterno in new DePalma flick?

When was the last time anyone was excited over the promise of a new Brian DePalma film? Carlito's Way celebrates ...

Dave Grohl's Sound City one night only at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas

Documentary features Paul McCartney, Mick Fleetwood, Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, and more

Rockumentary fans mark your calendars: the one chance to see Sound City, Dave Grohl's documentary on the fabled Van Nuys ...

Dig a hole: Conrad Bain

Pictured: Conrad Bain at the 2003 TV Land Awards. The actor who helped Woody Allen test coffins in Bananas is ...

Afterimage: Zero Dark Thirty

Not so much a meditation as a nitpick, but still.

Hey, if Batman can hack every cell phone in Gotham... Okay, so you've all seen Zero Dark Thirty and then ...

Jurassic Park 4 may incorporate recent scientific opinion that most dinosaurs had feathers!

Guys, this is gonna be so awesome. Below, some just-released concept art from the studio. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/15/38457/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/15/38458/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/15/38459/

Brad Pitt as Pontius Pilate?

The movie world is buzzing with news that Brad Pitt may star as Pontius Pilate. Herewith, a few possible titles and posters...

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Johnny Depp signs on for Pirates of the Caribbean X: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/15/38449/ We're kidding, of course. He's just signed up for Pirates 5.

A message from Gandalf to Jodie Foster...

...following her amazing Golden Globes speech.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/15/38448/ (The relevant quote, for those of you who haven't read the whole thing yet: "I will continue to tell ...

Dig a hole: Nagisa Oshima

Director of "Cruel Story of Youth" and "In the Realm of the Senses" dead at 80

Japanese writer and director, Nagisa Oshima, died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital near Tokyo. He was 80. Having seen but ...

The big speech, once more with feeling

We missed a few on the first go-round!

Once again, full speech here. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38365/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38366/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38367/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38368/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38369/

Landmark Theatres continues to provide that personal touch

I remember just last year when I would actually go to a movie theatre to watch a screening. Now I ...

Review: A Haunted House

The Wayans family withdrew from the Scary Movie franchise after the second installment. With SM5 just around the corner, series ...

Jodie Foster's big Golden Globes speech, illustrated

As she said, "I have given everything, up there [on the screen], from the time that I was three years old."

The full speech is here... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38350/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38351/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38352/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38353/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38354/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38355/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38356/ http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/38357/

Studio Ghibli festival at the Ken - UPDATED

An embarrassment of riches for animation fans, other sort of fans as well.

UPDATE - We should have mentioned: these are 35mm prints! Tonight, Friday, the festival opens with Nausicaa of the Valley ...

Opening this week

I hear that some movies got nominated for something or other this week. That's good news, because the new stuff? ...

Afterimage: Django Unchained

What's in a handshake? And yes, spoilers!

Much has been made of director Quentin Tarantino's foot fetish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfnVbYKKQ_Y But after seeing Django Unchained, I'm beginning to think ...

Oscars overlook ornithological excellence

Doves snub Hawk(e)s

It's bad enough to slight a man in an iron lung, but what about someone trying to transition from skateboarding ...

National Organization for Women protests lack of protest over Slave Leia figure

Dept. of No, Not Really

In Wake of Outcry Over Django Unchained Slave Action Figures, NOW Releases Statement Accusing Protest Industry of Double Standard http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/10/38221/ ...

And the Oscar nominees are...

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/10/38197/ The only way San Diegans have had a chance to see the works of Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Tony ...

New film by Sundance favorite (and San Diego's very own) Destin Cretton screens tomorrow

"I Am Not a Hipster" screens tomorrow night at 7pm at The Ken.

I do not know what the film is about, nor do I want to know what the film is about ...

Forget about Globes and Oscars: It's Razzie time!

'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part II' earns nominations in every category

Unlike their vaunted counterparts at the DGA, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, ...

National Crime Museum names their five favorite gangster films

Marty made the cut (of course!) but not for the film you think.

Mother of mercy, is this the end of civilization as we know it? Given the recent glut of mass murders, ...

Afterimage: Lincoln

Why that ending?

Remember, this is supposed to be post-viewing chat. Spoilers abound. The other day, Samuel L. Jackson expressed a thought that ...

Pac-Arts launches Drive-By Cinema next month

It's been a year or two since Lee Ann Kim first ran the concept of Drive-By Cinema past me. After ...

The Big Screen's live blogcast of the Golden Globes this Sunday

With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as our hosts, what are the chances anyone is going to be able to ...

A closer look at the red-band trailers for InAPPropriate Comedy and Movie 43

Ooof. First, a word of warning: both of these earn that whole red-band thing. Nudity, foul language, and general rudeness ...

Afterimage: Killing Them Softly

I liked it more when we called it Blogfight! In response to Mr. Lickona's gauntlet-chucking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k80nW6AOhTs Special effects have become ...

Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Will the first picture of 2013 also be its worst?

Out with the mold, in with the spew. Will the first picture of 2013 also be its worst? The cast ...

Free movie of the week: Django!

No, not the unchained version. The original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEmErQjGptg SPECIAL VIEWING BONUS: Django Strikes Again http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbzQxgE1ROM

Reading Cinemas 40-Foot Film series goes DCP

'Twas shipping fees that killed the MoPA film series. With round-trip fees running as high as $150 per title (the ...

Wrestlers vs. bodybuilders: a look at 2013's cinematic beefcake parade

I know what you're thinking. Bodybuilders (Pain & Gain) have the edge, cuz they're got The Rock. But that dude ...

Opening this week

Well, of course, the big bad entry is Zero Dark Thirty, which I admired for the way it told the ...

Fox 5's Josh 'Water' Board spits in reporter's eye during Zero Dark Thirty review

Josh Board has the best job in the world. Each week he gets to spend half an hour in the ...

A closer look at the red-band trailer for the Evil Dead remake

Not much to say, but please enjoy these screencaps of the Necronomicon.

Oh, and be forewarned, it's really, really gross and violent and nasty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pvDLWlxxcak I do love this opening shot: it's ...

A closer look at the trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard

This time, they found The Most Interesting Villain in the World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i2Y2PpY6fNo Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/03/37840/ They even included a reference to the chess bit in this wonderful ...

New feature: Afterimage

A place to hash things out after you've seen the film.

Happy 2013, everybody. Let's get things started, shall we? First up: Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly - which may be ...

The poster finalists are in for the 20th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

The Media Arts Center San Diego -- home of the San Diego Latino Film Festival -- kicks off the New ...

Dept. of supercuts we'd like to see

In a more perfect world, supercuts would find their way into the screenwriting collective unconscious, so that cliches such as ...

All films viewed in 2012 by star rating

NOTE: This is by no means a list of every film that opened in San Diego last year. It's how ...

A closer look at the trailer for Gangster Squad...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqKnD-g9QhY ...otherwise known as Mulholland Falls? Or maybe The Untouchables? I dunno, it's all mixed up. Let's start with Mulholland ...

The best and worst movies of 2012

Marty took the year off. This is what passed for excellence in His absence. 1.) http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/dec/31/37671/ Jafar Panahi made this ...

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