Big Screen Entries for March, 2013

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Death is coming.

Look, it's Good Friday, the day Christians believe God died. Even if you're not a believer, it's a pretty deathy ...

New movie releases opening this week

After several scheduling delays, Lore is finally in theaters. I really thought I was over WWII films. But this one, ...

Tribeca Film Festival crowns celebration with The King of Comedy

The closing night presentation at this year's Tribeca Film Festival is a 30-year-old Jerry Lewis picture. No, not Slapstick of ...

Encinitas filmmaker killed in shooting

John C. Upton was not a household name. His films contained no special effects or big name stars. The documentary ...

Hey everybody, remember Vacation?

You know, the one with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo?

Yeah, well, they're in talks to reprise their roles in the inevitable reboot. But you know what I'd rather see? ...

Ashley Judd makes history!

First movie star not to survive the trailer

Never mind that Ashley Judd recently announced she won’t run for the Kentucky Senate seat. Her entire performance in Olympus ...

Interview: Robert Forster has risen!

I fell in love with Robert Forster through his characters many years ago. Meeting Bob when he passed through town ...

Trailer Park: Pain & Gain: Michael Bay doesn't care about your stinkin' lyrics, man

I mean, the name of the song is "Thrift Shop."

So there's a red-band trailer for Michael Bay's bodybuilding caper movie Pain & Gain. I can't embed it because I'm ...

Review: War Witch

More well-intentioned ugliness trawling for Oscar. Canada’s official entry for the best foreign language film of 2013, and one of ...

Tyler Perry's Confessions of a Marriage Counselor poster: Tyler Perry is just messing with us now

Right?

I mean, he knows how reviled Showgirls was, doesn't he? Or is he one of those hardy few who believes ...

Six-second beefcake: Hugh Jackman stars in world's shortest preview for The Wolverine

You've heard of The Vine, right? Six-second video site? Well, they landed their first movie trailer yesterday, for The Wolverine. ...

How much is that actress in the glass booth?

Tilda Swinton turns sleeping into an art form

Turn about is fair play. After having put audiences to sleep with three Chronicle of Narnia films, Tilda Swinton returned ...

Lucasfilm Ltd? More like Lucasfilm STD, amirite?

How did I ever miss this?

Over at Sideshow Collectibles, you can now get yourself a Gamorrean Executioner. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/26/42571/ A Gamorrean Executioner. That's one slip of ...

Hollywood 'wiggers'

A brief pictorial (or in the case of Marky Mark, pectoral) history of 'wiggers' on film

Don't kill the messenger. I no sooner coined the term "wigger" than D.W. Griffith invented racism for The Birth of ...

Weinstein Company announces plan to distribute Salinger doc

Privacy, meet publicity

Harvey Weinstein is surely one of the greatest huckster-hustlers Hollywood has ever known, and possibly the best Oscar campaigner ever. ...

Mickey Mouse, izzat you?

A brief glance at Mickey mockery.

When I interviewed Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit, a while back, I noted with wonder the fact that ...

New releases opening this week

Well, dog my cats, Scott Marks has fallen for Olympus Has Fallen! Gerard Butler invades the White House and Mr. ...

Bowery boy Scorsese pens impassioned plea to preserve old neighborhood

It was the first story to cross the transom this morning. Groggy me reached for the nearest pair of Big!Lots ...

**L@@K** RARE VINTAGE "CARPETBAGGERS" VHS CHEAP $148.90

The Carpetbaggers is a great way to kill 150 minutes on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Based on a cheezeball potboiler ...

Marlon Brando: Reflections in a golden sty

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/20/42254/ Many artists are instantly recognized by the mere mention of a word or catchphrase. Jerry Lewis screams "LAAAAAAAAAAAA-DY!" Marty ...

Interview with Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit

Every now and then, the universe throws me a bone.

Mysteries abound. My partner here at The Big Screen, Scott Marks, taught animation for around 10 years at Chicago's Columbia ...

Martin Papazian to speak at 3 screenings of Least Among Saints

Proceeds to benefit local veterans organizations

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/20/42248/ Three screenings of Least Among Saints will be held in March and April with proceeds going to help local ...

Industry experts bring Script to Screen symposium to San Diego

Russel Redmond and Jennifer Silva Redmond were so inspired by the San Diego Latino Film Festival's presentation of Laura Castañeda's ...

Who ordered the Godzilla remake?

Godzilla should hop the next junk to Hollywood and help stomp out a few tent poles, not get his own ...

Opfrey and Spielbug whomp 'Scorcese' on Forbes list of 2013's 'most influential' celebs

According to Forbes Magazine, the two most influential celebrities of 2013 are Ope and the dope, with Marty running a ...

Bloody Disgusting Selects brings Blood Runs Cold to the Gaslamp

Normally I do my best to avoid touting public film screenings of DVDs. Call me a purist, but if a ...

New releases opening this week

The stars, they are shining. But not at your local multiplex. First, the good news: Scott Marks, aka Mr. Five ...

SDFCS sponsors closing weekend of SDLFF

And that's no EIEIO!

All good things must come to an end and this weekend the San Diego Latino Film Festival is going out ...

Yes, Virginia, there was a Jackie Robinson

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/14/41936/ Is 42 the name of an upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic or the I.Q. of the nitz who felt the ...

Review: The Call

Let it go to voicemail

After the unexpected pleasures derived from Dead Man Down, I was all set to cut wrestling impresario Vince McMahon's WWE ...

Never mind the Jay Gatsby, here comes the Jay-Z

Why is Jay-Z doing the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby when he should be starring?

I mean, seriously, look at the man. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/14/41910/ If that's not the Gatsby of today, at least in terms of ...

Spring Breakers: Korine's homage to Tarantino?

Today, I am not attending the screening for Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine's film about Disney starlets in bikinis. That duty ...

If I cast the upcoming big screen adaptation of Good Times

Ain't we lucky we got it?

Let's pray that Hollywood, in its never ending quest to provide audiences with original, thought-provoking material, doesn't DY-NO-MITE! the planned ...

Review: David Riker's The Girl

New Abbie Cornish film screens this Wednesday at the San Diego Latino Film Festival

Ashley (Abbie Cornish) blames her recent termination from a big box store on her boss favoring Mexican women. In Ashley's ...

All-female lowriders club subject of locally produced documentary

"The Unique Ladies" screens Wednesday night at the San Diego Latino Film Festival

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/11/41554/ For those outside the loop, The Unique Ladies opens with the following definition: lowrider loh-rahy-der . n1. a customized ...

Hurricane 'Tiny' rips through San Diego Latino Film Festival

Lister and Mexican superstar, Kate del Castillo, played to packed house at "K 11" premier

The phone rang just as I was pulling into the parking stall at Digiplex Mission Valley. "Where are you, man?" ...

Why poll when you can impale?

Only 4% of those questioned go to the movies every week

When I was young, my parents would yell, "What are you wasting your time at the movies for? Why not ...

A personal message to discerning San Diego cinephiles from Thomas 'Tiny' Lister

Legendary tough guy in town tonight for San Diego Latino Film Festival's screening of "K 11"

You better scream, you better shout: 'Tiny' Lister is coming to town tonight to promote his latest film, K 11, ...

Film critic Beth Accomando hosts Park Chan-Wook retrospective at Reading Town Square

If there's one thing everybody loves, it's unsettling investigations into creepy family dynamics. Hellooooo, Stoker! http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/08/41408/ "Hi, I'm your uncle." ...

Wait, wait, wait - howcum no one told me about The Monk?

Look, I know not everyone is going to be as taken as I am with the notion of a French ...

New releases opening this week

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/08/41386/ "Relax! These bubbles can only be burst by bad reviews!" Storm a-comin'. No, not the silly twister in Oz ...

Spot the Stallone!

Let's play a game. Which of the images below is the Sideshow Collectibles plastic model of Sylvester Stallone, and which ...

Boob gun report

So Machete Kills is going to feature boob guns. An alert reader over at Filmdrunk noted that boob guns appeared ...

Hollywood comes to La Mesa with tribute to venerable character actor...I think

Who knew that the great Porter Hall, star of such legendary films as His Girl Friday, Sullivan's Travels, Double Indemnity, ...

Tyson and Marks: ham fist meets kosher ham

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/07/41303/ Two years ago I'd have laughed in the face of anyone who said one of the high points of ...

Review: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

"Anyone see Tyson?" the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world asked the packed crowd at last night's performance of ...

What a difference a Doris Day makes (especially when it's Jean Seberg)

The Huffington Post ran this picture under the headline, "Doris Day's Hat Makes our Day." http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/05/41143/ If that's Doris Day ...

San Diego Latino Film Festival runs March 7 - 17

Feliz 20 Aniversario del Centro de Artes de los Medios!

You'll find the San Diego Latino Film Festival's digital program book here. Turn to festival founder and director Ethan van ...

Something's rotten in the Emerald City

"Do you think it's going to be 124 minutes of effects-driven crap, Toto?"

James Franco and the pillarbox black-and-white sequences held my interest long enough for this anamorphic admonition to appear: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/04/41053/ When ...

"All this wealth was what brought the dragon."

Uh-oh.

Only now do we begin to realize the forces that were at work... http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/04/41047/ And he seemed like such a ...

Review: The Last Exorcism Part II

Shouldn't it be "The Last Exorcism, Too?"

Doesn't the word 'last' in the title automatically make it subject to limitations? The Last Exorcism was supposed to be ...

Where Kubrick Kubricked, Spielberg will Spielberg

You remember Kubricking, right? Becoming obsessed with a particular artistic creation, past the point of reason, even, possibly, past the ...

What Oscar has joined together, let no exhibitor break asunder

The Lee Marvin double feature from hell! First, Lee at his drunken, Oscar-winning laziest in Cat Ballou, followed by a ...

Consumer's guide to finding movie reviews in The Reader

There seems to be some confusion over where to find movie reviews on The Reader. Reader regular, Monaghan, has been ...

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone trolls The Avengers

Go ahead, tell me this isn't intentional. This: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/01/40942/ Plus this: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/01/40943/ Equals this: http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/01/40944/

New releases opening this week

No. Just No. Scott busts out the rare five-star rating for this retro experiment in matching new film to archival ...