Saturday, May 31, 2014

Student Film Festival in San Diego

Wish I could be in San Diego for a special Student Film Festival on June 8! This festival will feature projects by International Baccalaureate Film Studies students from San Diego High School of International Studies. I understand there are a wide variety of short films this year, ranging from mockumentary to experimental. IB Film Studies is a two-year course sequence that explores film history, theory, and production.

If you live in San Diego and love film, please take part in this opportunity to celebrate the students’ work. The festival takes place at the Ken Cinema from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Admission is free!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Godzilla and Me

So happy that I get to rant and rave about the new Godzilla movie during the May 20th Movie Addict Headquarters show. Is this film a hit or a miss? How does it compare with previous Godzilla offerings? What are the most exciting elements of Godzilla 2014? What could have been done better? Why is Godzilla so popular? Tune in and find out!  

Called King of the Monsters, Godzilla (Gojira) has been stomping around the screen for 60 years. Appearing first as a metaphor for nuclear weapons in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 Japanese film, this massive creature has become a pop culture icon with 28 films about him produced by the Toho Company. In 1998, Tri-Star released another Godzilla movie to mixed reviews, but Godzilla 2014 – presented by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures -- is receiving mostly rave reviews.

Godzilla and Me” airs live on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. During the live show, listeners are invited to call in and to participate in a chat. An archived segment will also be available.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

New Movie Musicals

Three films scheduled for release this summer look quite promising for fans of movie musicals.  And that makes me very happy indeed! Jersey Boys swings into our multiplexes on June 20; Begin Again follows on July 4; and Get on Up completes this eagerly-awaited trio on August 1. To whet your appetite, here’s a bit of information about each of these movies:

JERSEY BOYS. Finally, the popular Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has been adapted for the screen. John Lloyd Young,  a Tony winner for his portrayal of the “falsetto giant” on stage, also appears as Valli in this film. Christopher Walken joins the cast as the mobster who becomes a father figure to the famous singers.  Clint Eastwood directs. Yes, you read that right! Eastwood and a musical may not seem to go together (remember Paint Your Wagon?), but he is a fine composer and musician (remember Bird?), so don’t worry about this one. Although I haven’t seen the Broadway play, the clips of musical numbers from the stage production come across as exceptionally entertaining.

BEGIN AGAIN. Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Adam Levine star in this dramatic film about struggling New York musicians. Knightley plays a British singer who inspires a depressed label executive (Ruffalo) to record an album about the spirit of New York. Keener and Steinfeld portray Ruffalo’s estranged wife and teenage daughter, respectively. Levine takes on the unsympathetic role of Knightley’s partner who dumps her after he becomes famous overnight. I can hardly wait to see these excellent actors bring this story to life. And I’m eager to hear the tunes that Entertainment Weekly says might be candidates for a Best Original Song Oscar.         

GET ON UP. At last, a film about Godfather of Soul James Brown! Chadwick Boseman, who wowed viewers as Jackie Robinson in 42, snagged this key role. Octavia Spencer is cast as Brown’s aunt, and Viola Davis appears as the mother who abandons him. How good is Boseman at portraying Brown? Spencer told Entertainment Weekly that she “actually mistook his screen test for documentary footage.” Evidently the talented actor can really belt out a song and has all the right moves. Yay!!!

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

2014 Summer Movie Preview

Noted film critics Nell Minow, A.J. Hakari, and Mack Bates drop by Movie Addict HQ  on May 6th to preview upcoming Summer movies of 2014. Their goal? To help listeners make choices among the over 100 films vying for their box office dollars this Summer. All three critics are candid, informative and great fun to listen to!

Bates writes freelance articles for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and serves as a staff blogger for Milwaukee Magazine’s official film blog. Minow, the famous Movie Mom, writes film commentary for Beliefnet and is the author of several books about movies. Hakari, aka The Mad Movie Man, has contributed film reviews to a number of sites including ReelTalk Movie Reviews, Review Express, Classic Movie Guide and Terror Tube. He is also the founder of Cineslice, a popular movie blog. This should be an enlightening and entertaining show for movie fans.

This episode airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. An archived segment will also be available.

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