Big Screen Entries for July, 2013

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Casting Katy Perry's Blade Runner sequel the right way.

So Katy Perry announced that she'd like to play Rachael in Blade Runner 2, because of course: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/31/50409/ But wait, ...

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Everyone complains about the weather...

...but nobody makes a movie about it. (The Day After Tomorrow doesn't count.)

Remember The Lorax? Pulled in around $350 million worldwide while smilingly castrating one of Dr. Seuss's more urgent moral messages: ...

Dept. of Final Bows: Jonathan Winters and Orson Welles

Let's inaugurate this consideration of final film roles with a couple of gentlemen who would undoubtedly have appreciated the absurdity ...

4th row center: Begging for a movie

He was a big, baby-faced dude; the needle would make several round trips whenever he set foot on a scale. ...

Q: How many times did Helen Keller meet Charlie Chaplin?

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When you wish upon a fish

Yesterday, I spent two hours of my life mocking up this ingenious poster for a fake remake of The Incredible ...

Trailer Park: Paul Schrader's The Canyons

Ask Paul Schrader a question. Details inside.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/30/50318/ Paul Schrader has a new film opening and guess who snared an interview? That's right: Lickona! No offense, but ...

Gaslamp's 40 Foot Film series pays tribute to Cinerama...sort of

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/29/50236/ This month's 40 Foot Film series at Reading Cinema's Gaslamp 15 continues its tribute to Cinerama. (Don't go in ...

Bob Filner offered role in upcoming Sea World film project

Give me a place to stand on a local sex scandal and with Photoshop I will move the whole world. ...

Top Ten Movie Mayors

And I don't mean Louis B.

With San Diego Mayor Bob Fulfillner of every woman's dreams making national news, what's a local movie critic to do ...

4th row center: The naked projectionist

It was an unbroken string of 90 degree days. The auditorium of Chicago's Parkway Theatre was properly chilled, but outside ...

Poster Time: Emily Blunt gets sporty, spacey

You guys, I can't wait for this one. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/26/50119/ Kidding. It's really called Edge of Tomorrow. But I like my ...

Oh, by the way: The Conjuring

We were slow getting to this one, but get there we did, and you should, too. You know, if you're ...

Oh, by the way: Only God Forgives

Look, I know we don't have a proper review of this dark little followup to Drive, but I have it ...

New movie releases this week: Storm Surfers 3D, The Wolverine and more

Scott really liked Storm Surfers 3D, but that's just because he spends so much time surfing himself. I kid, I ...

In search of the Filner headlock

Genius that I am, the comic possibilities of performing Photoshop surgery on a screencap of Moe placing Curly in a ...

Meet Dean Cropp, Storm Surfers 3D's underwater stereographer

The most exciting 3D thrill ride of the summer contains no special effects and the only costumes these heros don ...

The Wolverine shows its roots

Can you imagine what Chicken George would have done with those lunchhooks? He'd have been a walking rotisserie! http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/25/50040/ Credit: ...

Judd Apatow to receive Visionary Filmmaker Award

No, not from the Braille Institute, but our very own San Diego Film Festival! The "esteemed" director, writer, producer will ...

The limited stylings of Clutch Cargo

If you don't know a Clutch Cargo from a manual transmission, please watch a minute or two of the following ...

Anatomy of an ad campaign: North by Northwest

This is the image that started it all: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/22/49854/ I turned 6 the day mom took me to Chicago's Loop ...

The Filner handshake

Mayor Bob Filner and I have crossed paths on three occasions: once in the Gaslamp and twice in movie theatre ...

Suena: Tijuana filmmaker offers look at art, music, and city

Saulo Cisneros presents a feature-length documentary following the sights and sounds of Tijuana.

The guttural rumble of an un-muffled city bus. An electric sunrise crowning mountains beyond dense urban sprawl. The strangely-comforting coalesce ...

Sony's Midnight lawsuit has bright ending

Woody not guilty of plagiarizing Faulkner's "Nun"

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/19/49538/ You're not going to believe this. The estate of William Faulkner took Sony Pictures Classic to court all over ...

Movies opening this week: Un Flic, Still Mine and more

Lots more

Look, I'm not saying you have to go see Un Flic this weekend. But Scott is. But if you still ...

You won't find this type of Jewish guilt at Kensington Video

If you want to know why I so generously provide Fred Saxon with a plug whenever he performs, look no ...

'Love Network' leveled as Jerry-less Telethon moves to ABC

Once upon a time there was a Telethon, and the month before Labor Day saw a sudden rise in awkwardly ...

Because Acting for Dummies is too literal

Look, we've already gone after the trailer for Last Vegas. But if I had any clout whatsoever, I would keep ...

Interview with Still Mine star James Cromwell

Still Mine tells the story of Craig Morrison, an independent-minded old man who bumps up against the system when he ...

Saxon on sax

Psssst! What are you doing a week from Sunday? Want to hang out in the park and watch a bunch ...

11 celebrity comedy teams we'd like to see

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This week all roads lead to the Ken Cinema

Can't get tickets for Comic-Con? Lucky you! Instead of being taken at the Con, drop in on the double feature ...

Lickona's Lexicon: Geriaction

Action movie starring old people, usually old people who starred in action movies before they were old people. Cf. The ...

Spielberg enters his Ford period

First came Old Mr. Lincoln followed by news that Stevie and Tom Hanks will co-produce a third World War II ...

Grown Ups 2 and cartoon sequel take in more money than Pacific Rim

Call it the King Midas touch in reverse. My enjoyment of a summer blockbuster should give producers instant cause to ...

Movies opening this week: Pacific Rim, The Way, Way Back and more

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/12/49078/ "Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?" Okay, so Scott Marks liked Pacific Rim more than I ...

Who needs Kaiju and Jaegers when it's Bobby-D vs. Jay-Z?

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/12/49076/ After what he said about Bobby D., Jay-Z will be lucky to find work as a backup singer for ...

Interview with The Way, Way Back co-writers and co-directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon

The Way, Way Back tells the story of Duncan (Liam James), a pouty-slouchy teenage boy who heads off for a ...

Martin & Lewis address their critics

Make that critic. Louella Parsons. Ms. Parsons was America's first movie columnist. Nowadays we shrug off punks like Justin Bieber ...

The Way, Way Back to Facebook

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/11/48989/ Don't look now, but there's some chatter about the film over on another website.

Sloppy Moe to testify against Mayor Filner

"I know something I won't tell, I won't tell, I won't tell. I know something I won't tell, it's about ...

Female trouble

It ain't easy being a chick in Hollywood

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Trailer Park: Compulsion

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Trailer Park: Kristens go home again

Hey, it's the trailer for The Lifeguard, in which Kristen Bell comes home from the big city at 30 (sorry, ...

Clean the beach, see the movie, get Rimmed

"Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim" holds cleanup in Mission Beach

Attention: there are rules for posting that come with this blog. The following edict arrived in the mail: "Please note, ...

4th row center: The Corvette Summer rain check

It was the only time in my life where I was given a rain check at the movies. The Lawrencewood ...

James Cameron continues the madness!

Two of these photos contain actual quotes. Two do not. Which is which? First up, Spielberg and Lucas, founders of ...

Shart: the Movie

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/08/48767/ Better than Crackle's Shart Week. It wiped up at the box office. I'll pick up review doody on this ...

The Carpeteria: A brief pictorial tribute to Joe Pesci's 'hair'

Good news! While paying a visit to the Walter Parks Thatcher Memorial Storage Facility, I unearthed my scanner and a ...

Still screaming over streaming

This week's column calling for a boycott of streaming screeners brought at least one positive response, but before getting to ...

Gam3rCon: Space Invaders Landing in San Diego

Bay Area filmmaker documents collectors from the golden-era of arcade games.

Pac-Man. Donkey Kong. Space Invaders. Galaga. Many of us grew up on these names, but what happened to all of ...

Bruck you, Masked Man! 4 cures for the common Lone Ranger

Were Matthew not brave enough to take two-and-a-half hours away from his lovely, remarkable family (and Wonder Dog, Oreo), The ...

BOYCOTT STREAMING SCREENERS!

When did it become a critic's responsibility to provide the screening venue? It's bad enough that 30% of the films ...

The Anxiety of Gaming Influence: are bloated blockbuster endings just a version of the Final Boss?

Punching, punching, punching...still punching.

My dad loves Superman. He did not love Man of Steel. And boy howdy, was he bored during the final ...

Bond bonding

or, Will Military Folks Enjoy a Ludicrous Military Film, Even if it's Free?

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jul/03/48550/ So White House Down is performing below expectations. And now comes this: CULVER CITY, Calif., July 2, 2013 – ...

4th row center: King Kong

By the time I was old enough to take the elevated train to Chicago's Loop, The Clark Theatre had all ...

Double features from hell: What Ever Happened to the Music Man?

Oh, we got trouble!

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New comedy club inside Grauman's Chinese is no laughing matter

The once-mighty Grauman's Chinese Theatre has fallen on hard times. The big Chinese was closed for renovation when I paid ...

Why Citizen Kane flopped in Canada

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The best corn in San Diego isn't popped in a movie theatre

George's was a small candy store located next to Chicago's Nortown Theatre. In addition to the homemade fudge, taffy apples, ...

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