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Biggest Movie Event of the Weekend Has Nothing to Do With Comic-Con

Reason #41144 to hate Comic-Con: Thanks to San Diego's annual celebration of everything that's wrong with contemporary cinema, nary a new release hits town this weekend.

Two disappointing indies -- Natural Selection at The Ken and Beasts of the Southern Wild at Landmark's Hillcrest and La Jolla Village -- open this week. Br'er Lickona and his brood were kind enough to cover the latest installment of Ice Age for me, so what's a Comic-Con snubber to do?

In their infinite wisdom, the counter-programming geniuses at Landmark Cinemas have come up with an antidote. This Friday and Saturday at midnight the Ken Cinema will screen a 35mm print of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.

Comic-Con devotees won't know what to make of a film that stars actors made of flesh and blood -- not light saber-sporting midgets in garbage cans -- performing on a man-made set, not in front of a green screen.

For those unable to resist the urge, pick up a bottle of Shinola to whiten your hair, a pair of wire rimmed glasses and a hatbox, and come dressed as Raymond Burr!

PS: I never thought I would be excited over a 35mm print of a film I've seen projected at least 30 times. 5 years ago everything was shown in 35mm. Now we're lucky to get a revival on BluRay, let alone a 35mm print. Please support this type of behavior by showing up in force this weekend.

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Reason #41144 to hate Comic-Con: Thanks to San Diego's annual celebration of everything that's wrong with contemporary cinema, nary a new release hits town this weekend.

Two disappointing indies -- Natural Selection at The Ken and Beasts of the Southern Wild at Landmark's Hillcrest and La Jolla Village -- open this week. Br'er Lickona and his brood were kind enough to cover the latest installment of Ice Age for me, so what's a Comic-Con snubber to do?

In their infinite wisdom, the counter-programming geniuses at Landmark Cinemas have come up with an antidote. This Friday and Saturday at midnight the Ken Cinema will screen a 35mm print of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.

Comic-Con devotees won't know what to make of a film that stars actors made of flesh and blood -- not light saber-sporting midgets in garbage cans -- performing on a man-made set, not in front of a green screen.

For those unable to resist the urge, pick up a bottle of Shinola to whiten your hair, a pair of wire rimmed glasses and a hatbox, and come dressed as Raymond Burr!

PS: I never thought I would be excited over a 35mm print of a film I've seen projected at least 30 times. 5 years ago everything was shown in 35mm. Now we're lucky to get a revival on BluRay, let alone a 35mm print. Please support this type of behavior by showing up in force this weekend.

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Comic-Con devotees won't know what to make of a film that stars actors made of flesh and blood -- not light saber-sporting midgets in garbage cans -- performing on a man-made set, not in front of a green screen.

That's a pretty snub comment whether you are joking or not. There are all sorts of people that go to sdcc and yes the typical nerd image you have in your mind exists but to generalize everyone in that way is rather narrow-minded and unprofessional.

July 11, 2012

I was not joking. Why waste time at a convention celebrating juvenile junk when 90% of what I see in theatres is already geared for fanboys? comic-con, along with an assist by spielberg and lucas, has helped to turn American cinema into a non-stop cavalcade of mindless slop for 9-year-old boys of all ages. I mean what I say when I call the con a celebration of everything that's wrong with contemporary cinema. Sorry to be a turd in the pool, but I despise comic-con and everything it stands for. When Scorsese attends, I'll be there. Until that time, I'm out.

July 11, 2012

If Marty showed, what Scorsese character would you dress up as?

July 11, 2012

Catherine in "King of Comedy."

July 12, 2012

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