Big Screen Entries for June, 2013

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Check out the Blu-ray combo pack rack at Fry's Electronics

Three Scorseses for the price of one!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/28/48281/ One can still expect to pay top dollar for some of the more obscure DVD releases from Criterion and ...

Movies opening this week: The Heat, White House Down, and more

I turned 40 yesterday. These things happen. But as a result, this new release roundup is going to be somewhat ...

Drive-By Cinema brings 'art' to the masses tonight

Far be it from me to drop a movement in Pac-Arts Movement's swimming pool, but the word "art" appears 6 ...

Hold that lion: a pictorial history of the MGM logo

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/27/48233/ How is it that MGM decided to put a lion on its payroll and act as studio mascot and ...

Movies are still "the cathedral."

But who goes to church any more?

In the wake of the sad news that James Gandolfini had died of a heart attack at the age of ...

Brainy Q&A this Friday and Saturday evenings at Reading Town Square 14

New documentary "Free the Mind" opens this weekend

Emma Seppala, Ph.D. (Head Scientist of the Veteran Study, Associate Director at Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, ...

Why not variable pricing?

Seriously, why not?

Man of Steel cost $225 million. It runs 2 hours and 23 minutes. It depicts the destruction of an entire ...

Dead movie theatres: Downtown Los Angeles edition

Sunday morning found me roaming the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Don't ask. Better 9:30am than 9:30pm, right? Here amidst ...

Bob Hope as Grand Marshal of the Chula Vista Azalea Parade?

Idn't that wild?

In an unending quest to catalog every scrap of film and video footage that contains the effigy of Hope, I ...

"Save the bulb!"

Save the bulb. Those three words spoken in that order haven’t passed my lips since the winter of ‘98. Or ...

Liam Neeson, unmanned

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/25/48120/ NEESON is lying in hospital bed, wearing a huge diaper-bandage. He is approached by CIA Operative RUSSELL CROWE. CROWE: ...

Chuck Heston explains the MPAA rating system

Now do you understand?

Chuck Heston took time away from his busy schedule of parting the Red Sea, fighting the Boxer Rebellion, and loading ...

The funniest clip of Alfred Hitchcock you've never seen

Join Hitch as he promotes "The Six Million Dollar Man" and the Universal Studio Tour

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/24/48015/ The summer of 1977 saw my first road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. My buddy and I stayed ...

Movies opening this week: World War Z, Monsters University, and more

Okay, for starters, Scott was unable to complete his viewing of The Painting (trailer above) due to technical difficulties. (And ...

On the street (named after me) where you live

Here we have the quiet little intersection of Scott & Jarvis. Located in Des Plaines, Illinois, the crossroads are tucked ...

Interview with Much Ado About Nothing director Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon shot his modern-day Much Ado About Nothing in his own home over 12 days with a cast composed ...

DVD Rentals: Frank Sinatra, from Tony Rome with love

If Charles Bronson can pull the old Paul Kersey/Kimball switcheroo in the Death With series, I feel no remorse in ...

Black spot/one star

Two sides of a fine line

So I black-spotted Monsters University, in part because of its hackneyed plot: lovable band of losers must rally via their ...

4th row center: The 'movie hole'

The Parkway was the first movie theatre ever placed in my managerial care. It was a 700-seat single screen situated ...

**L@@K** RARE VINTAGE RETRO CLASSIC OZU WIFE-BEATER T-SHIRT - CHEAP **L@@K**

I can hear the t-shirt printer now: "Ozu wife-beaters? I thought you said O.J." It must have been all of ...

Chilling, exclusive images from World War Z!

Dept. of No, Not Really

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/18/47725/ Zombie hordes fill the streets of New York City. Mindless, soulless, bent only on consumption, they prepare their assault ...

Clean slate: A brief pictorial tribute to the clapboard

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The Durex treatment: The Wolf of Wall Street

Because every trailer contains at least one image that could double as an ad for Durex condoms.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/17/47616/ Because "Playing games on the floor in the nursery" can mean two very different things. Durex.

Trailer Park: Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street

BRING IT OVER!

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/17/47605/ It's a beautiful day in Movieland, folks, what with the release of the first trailer for Martin Scorsese's The ...

"Kane is a comedy."

Orson Welles and Henry Jaglom had lunch. Jaglom taped it.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/17/47591/ Okay, so My Lunches with Orson has just gone on the Big Screen Christmas wishlist. In the meantime, you ...

Blockbuster, or, The Modern Prometheus

Did you hear the one about the two directors who bemoaned the state of the industry they helped destroy?

My partner Scott already handled this story about Lucas and Spielberg and the overloaded tent-pole, and you should totally read ...

Hey, everybody, it's Subway Sam!

He's a sewer rat in overalls!

Look for him in the upcoming children's movie, World War Z! Movie on 6-14-13 at 1.49 PM from Matthew Lickona ...

Happy Flag Day!

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New releases opening this week: Shadow Dancer, Man of Steel, and more

Could it be? Could it possibly be? Could Clive Owen finally be appearing in a good movie again? Yes, yes, ...

Robert Downey, Jr. is looking forward to playing characters who aren't Iron Man

Because then, he won't have to suffer through photo-ops gone bad like this one.

Iron Man 3 was a film about a man who began to identify so completely with his creation that he ...

Interview with The East star and co-writer Brit Marling

(Review and showtimes are here. Opening interview with Marling's director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij is here.) Matthew Lickona: Tell me ...

Interview with The East director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij

The East tells the story of Sarah (co-writer Brit Marling, interviewed here), a rising star at a private espionage agency ...

Meet skateboarder Ryan Sheckler at premiere screening of The Motivation on June 13

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/13/47435/ "A movie told through the eyes of the 8 best street-skateboarders in the world." As far at The Movement ...

Someone spank crybabies Lucas & Spielberg and send them to bed without their suppers

WAAAAAAAA! There's "eventually going to be an implosion in the film industry." WAAAAAAAA! Lincoln was 'this close' to going to ...

A gallery of 33 vintage posters from Hollywood's Golden Age of cartoons

Feature length theatrical releases were not the only films to get the royal ballyhoo treatment back in the day. Posters ...

Man of Steel, Man of God

Sigh.

"Have fun with this!" read the email from my Jewish fellow critic. Good fellow that he is, he was leaving ...

DVR alert: 41st AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/47302/ Hold your tongues and rest your sphincters! Last week, the AFI Life Achievement Award went to Mel Brooks and ...

DVD Rentals: Tarzan Triumphs

Me like Tarzan movies!

Me like Tarzan. Too cheap to drop $40 retail on box set. Find Volume 2 in pawn shop. Cost five ...

Review: Andrew Boyd's Adams Ave. '13 Unplugged on Mopeds

Five-star short debuts at America's Finest Film Festival

Quit your day job, Reader Andy; Hollywood is calling. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/11/47269/ Not since Werewolves on Wheels or Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese's ...

DVD Rentals: Reflections in a Golden Eye

Why rent when for the same money you can buy a copy at Big!Lots?

John Huston and cinematographer Aldo Tonti originally envisioned Carson McCuller's story of military base masochism as a golden-hued fairy tale ...

Movies on the half-shell

Oysterfest Music and Food Festival this weekend!

In honor of this year's daylong Oysterfest Music and Food Festival, to be held Saturday at the Marina Embarcadero North, ...

Latin America will soon have access to Sundance Channel

American cable subscribers suffer, why shouldn't our friends South of the border?

The Sundance Channel hit the airwaves in 2006 with a schedule that represented the finest in independent films, world cinema, ...

'Actress' fingered for sending ricin-tinged letters to Obama and Bloomberg

Great career move for Shannon Guess!

Forget about the ricin. The bigger crime is referring to Shannon Richardson, aka Shannon Rogers and Shannon Guess, as an ...

4th row center: Zombie Strippers

You are not likely to find an all-black audience in lily white Bland Diego. The closest we get is Horton ...

Hi, Brad!

Scott broke the news that Mr. Pitt may decide to grace those present at the fair with his fair presence ...

New releases opening this week: The Internship, Wish You Were Here and more

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/07/47031/ Let's start with the good stuff that is going, going...Scott really really really liked Julien Temple's historical documentary London: ...

Brad Pitt to make 'surprise' appearance at San Diego County Fair?

Doesn't announcing a surprise appearance undercut the element of surprise? Be this as it may, the producers of World War ...

Review: Violet & Daisy

Hollywood never gives me what I really want. When the invite to the Violet and Daisy screening arrived, I thought ...

Review: Wish You Were Here

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/06/46993/ A must to avoid for those planning a trip to Southeast Asia, Wish You Were Here is bound to ...

Dig a pool: Esther Williams

Esther Williams was an odd footnote to movie history. The record-setting competitive swimmer found a place in Hollywood where, in ...

Let the Wright one in

Anders Wright moves to U-T, Glenn Heath assumes position with "City Beat"

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/06/46984/ Congratulations go out to my friends and colleagues, Glenn Heath and Anders, right? Both will soon be covering the ...

4th row center: Yesterday

Seniors or gang-bangers: Who'd you rather share a row with?

An 11:30 screening of an art house picture on a Tuesday morning in Clairemont; I thought it would be just ...

Trailer Park: Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead

Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead is either the name of a Japanese horror film or the perfect way to ...

What is The Internship about?

Art can mean different things to different people.

Okay, so the people at The Verge didn't like The Internship much. Neither did the people at The Onion. Both ...

Oh, come on

I make a pledge to turn movies into Durex condom ads, and you send me a trailer about a girl setting out to lose her virginity? Seriously?

Yes, yes they did - here is the ever so naughty red-band trailer for The To-Do List. Aw, Aubrey Plaza. ...

4th row center: Monkeybone

The night the Whoopee Cushions won

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/04/46896/ Q: "What did the audience member say when the Whoopie Cushion gag got old?" A: "This movie sucks. Let's ...

Digital Gym houses a Temple

The release of a new Julien Temple film is generally cause for a cinematic High Holiday. London: The Modern Babylon, ...

Lon Chaney, Jr., back from the dead and ready to litigate

Universal studios is being sued by the estate of second generation movie monster, Lon Chaney, Jr., to the tune of ...

True story

A little early in the morning, maybe, but I brought this on myself.

So I'm sitting here in a Toyota showroom while my car is getting an oil change down below in Service, ...

4th row center: Last Tango in Paris

The date stamped on the roadshow, reserved seat ticket for the opening week showing of Last Tango in Paris at ...

What's in a role?

Heath Ledger's Joker diary gives a few clues

I am sort of taken with the notion that Heath Ledger holed up in a hotel room and made a ...

Product placement is so yesterday

"Let's just slap the film into a commercial and be done with it."

Remember that Star Trek-based Esurance ad? It was cute, right? A little Trek riffing right before the real Trek? That ...

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