Big Screen Entries for September, 2013

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How the Breaking Bad finale lied to you (and why you were so easily fooled)

Spoiler(s) Alert! Braining Bad and deconstucting the hoax

Okay Breaking Bad fans, I’m going on record with the belief that Walter White froze to death in that car ...

Origins, Part II: more from James Cameron's Piranha Part 2: The Spawning

He must have been so tickled to do a remake and call it Aliens.

(Part 1 is here.) You all remember the chestburster from the first Alien movie, right? http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/30/53953/ That nasty little fellow ...

Origins: James Cameron's Piranha Part 2: The Spawning

The 1981 sequel was Cameron's first feature-length outing as a director.

Hello, and welcome to Origins, a look back at the early work of noted directors, with a special emphasis on ...

Review: I Am Divine: The True Story of the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Pink Flamingos was my Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every weekend for 52 consecutive weeks you’d find me parked 4th row ...

New releases opening this week: Rush, Don Jon, and much, much more!

In a hurry to have a good time? Rush to your local theater and see Rush, the new film from ...

4th row center: The Last Temptation of Christ

August 12, 1988. It was a sticky 91 in the shade as I stood in line at Chicago's Biograph Theatre ...

When letterboxing fails: the Joe Besser edition

Maybe my editor, Ernie Grimm, is right. From Ann Miller's door frame splintering headdress to Joey Bishop's putting green coiffure, ...

Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street pushed back to 2014?

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/25/53731/ November 15th, opening day. That meant something. So it shall be written across the one sheet, so it shall ...

The Frank Sinatra clock

Guaranteed to work or Jilly will break its hands. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/25/53722/

Sex comedy Don Jon first mainstream movie to advertise on porn sites

Make that second...

CORRECTION: Don Jon is not the first film to advertise on a porn site. A member of my crack research ...

There are spoiler alerts and then there's...

Thanks to friend John Albert for slapping this on my Facebook wall. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/22/53558/ P.S.: In Safe Haven, Katie's new friend, ...

Archivists unearth fresh Stooges!? Moe, Larry, the cheese!

It's the Holy Grail of Stoogedom. Forget about finding the flabby 10 hour cut of Greed or the missing reels ...

GYNO - opening scene

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/20/53498/ This is the first result when you Google Image search for "women." Well, the cocaine and the cash arrived ...

Art!Power presents Indian-flavored 'Foovie' in October

What do you get when you cross dinner and a movie? As portmanteaus go, 'Divey' lacks the selling power needed ...

New releases opening this week: You Will Be My Son, A Single Shot and more

The big releases this week are Prisoners and Thanks for Sharing. Neither was dazzling. Prisoners did a hell of a ...

Name That Logo: Deluxe Warner Bros. Edition

In other parts of town the lion roared, the tower beeped, and the world turned with machinelike regularity and precision. ...

Dig a hole: Jerry G. Bishop, the architect of Svengoolie

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/19/53443/ He was Chicago television's answer to SCTV's 'Count' Floyd Robertson, a professional broadcaster picking up change on the side ...

Gyno-Horror!

Ladies and gentlemen - but mostly gentlemen - I give you: the internal clitoris: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/19/53438/ "It's sole function – its ...

Interview with Thanks for Sharing writer-director Stuart Blumberg

The publicist broke into my interview with Blumberg to let me know I had time for one more question. "Hm, ...

Grate cinema: Munster, Go Home!

My first screening of Munster, Go Home! came -- as it did to many Mockingbird Heights maniacs my age -- ...

Star Wars origin stories? Think of the possibilities!

All you haters just settle down and fire up the dream factory.

Some people weren't happy to hear the news that the upcoming slew of Star Wars films are going to include ...

Bob Hope reviews The Iron Petticoat from the grave

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/18/53378/ Hey, hi, ladies and gentlemen, this is Bob ‘More Dangerous Dead Than He Ever Was Alive’ Hope acting as ...

Grate cinema: The Spy Who Loved Me

When it comes to playing 007, everybody does it better than Roger Moore!

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/18/53371/ At the risk of alienating James Bond acolytes everywhere, with the exception of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the ...

DVD/Cable TV Roundup 1971-2011 – a 12-pack of mini movie reviews

Mostly old ‘n’ obscure stuff gracing my homescreen this month

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/17/53337/ The Manipulator (1971) - Directed by Yabo Yablonsky, starring Mickey Rooney, Luana Anders, Keenan Wynn. An insane Hollywood makeup ...

Free parking returns to Horton Plaza!

Has it really been seven months since the #@$%&*!#$&@#s at Horton Plaza decided to replace 3 hours of free parking ...

4th row center: A night at the Egyptian and a day at the Chinese

DISCLAIMER: The title of this article is false and misleading. For the sake of full disclosure, when confronted with a ...

What San Diego multiplexes have that Hollywood picture palaces don't

The past two days in Hollywood have been a rapturous vacation from San Diego multiplexes. Sunday night saw the sparkling ...

Trailer Park: Rocky Stallone vs. Jake DeNiro in Grudge Match

It's "bash DeNiro Friday" at

This is not the celluloid Visine needed to cleanse my eyes of the retinae-burning The Family. This is a joke, ...

Paul Schrader 'likes' me!

Halfway through the screening of Luc Besson's dismal mob comedy The Family, an image from one of Robert DeNiro's early, ...

Review: The Family

I’d issue a SPOILER ALERT!, but how does one go about curdling something as putrescent as The Family? By now ...

New releases opening this week: Short Term 12, some other stuff

Look, Destin Cretton went to SDSU film school and made good. And he even had the grace to put up ...

Dig a hole: Noise reduction pioneer Ray Dolby

"I was never a gold-digger, or an Oscar-digger, or anything like that. I just had an instinct about the right ...

Vanity, thy name is plate?

It's one ampersand away from being just another plate on the 101. Considering this photo was taken in Hollywood, it's ...

Everything Comes From the Streets: San Diego's lowriders

Hour-long documentary examines San Diego's custom car culture.

Quick brainstorm: San Diego history. Kumeyaays grinding acorn flour on rocks, Father Serra rebuilding the immolated mission, Pio Pico maxing ...

Orson! Welles!

Just watch this. It's not even three hours long.

A snippet from somwhere around 1:45: "Somebody said that Touch of Evil seemed very unreal and yet real. And I ...

Village Person Randy Jones to tie the knot

Hey! Remember The Village People, the supergay supergroup who helped to introduce Middle America to the concept of homosexuality with ...

Destin Cretton talks about his long-term commitment to Short Term 12

Look at the big shot kid who years ago walked into Citizen Video where I used to work, with a ...

Debajo del Cuero: shooting the motorcycle outlaws of Tijuana

A documentary about Tijuana's two-wheeled terrors, made in under 100 hours.

It sounds like the premise of a Vice short, but Debajo del Cuero (Underneath the Leather) – a documentary about ...

Studio collagist Jacques Kapralik created the fabric of Hollywood ballyhoo

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/10/52967/ Normally a derisive terms, Hollywood collagist Jacques Kapralik was the master of the cut-and-paste job. My fascination with sculpted, ...

Crisis in the aisle: blogger calls cops over texting twit

A midnight screening of a low budget shocker at the Toronto International Film Festival became even more horrifying when a ...

Dig a hole: Cal Worthington

Never so much as a rank and file member of the motion picture industry, Calvin Coolidge "Cal" Worthington's presence was ...

Trailer Park: The Art of the Steal

I can remember when people read books instead of stealing them.

No, it doesn't look great, but everybody loves Kurt Russell, right? All I know is, I've been away from this ...

4th row center: Triumph of the Will

The long-awaited demise of Hitler's bodyguard, Rochus Misch, had finally arrived. His death at age 96 brings to mind my ...

New releases opening this week: Afternoon Delight, Riddick and more

I thought Afternoon Delight was a smart movie. And I enjoyed talking to the woman who wrote and directed it. ...

Review: Terraferma

Terraferma opens today at Landmark's Ken Cinema. Click for Showtimes. Director Emanuele Crialese (Respiro, Golden Door) opens by elegantly casting ...

Eastwood and ex dig wife swapping?

Any which way you can, eh, Clint? Maybe chick-bait Clint Eastwood has a thing for women with the last name ...

The 1887 graduating class of the San Diego branch of the Hollywood Secretarial School Group

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/04/52622/ TOP ROW: Mike Rosoft, Ward Processor, I.B.M. Selectric, Virginia MacWrite, Al Phasmart, and M.S. Dos. BOTTOM ROW: Florence 'Floppy' ...

Interview: John Crowley, director of Closed Circuit

To date, John Crowley has directed Intermission, Boy A, Is Anybody There?, and now Closed Circuit, which opened last Friday ...

Fox Theatre San Diego, BCSH: Before Copley Symphony Hall

Plus tips on how to train an usher, c.1929

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/sep/02/52466/ By the time I made my first visit to San Diego, the longhairs on Copley's dime had already overtaken ...