Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review - Larry Crowne

After a career in the Navy and years of service at a merchandising superstore, Larry Crowne a middle-aged man loses his job due to corporate downsizing. With no college degree and no jobs to be found Larry returns to community college in order to better his poor economic situation and reinvent himself.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Participant Media Talks - Page One: Inside the New York Times

Over the course of the summer KCET is hosting a Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. Nine special nights showcasing eight new movies before their theatrical release along with one classic Johnny Mercer scored film. Each screening will also include a Q&A immediately following the film with actors and filmmakers hosted by film critic Pete Hammond. The fourth film of the series screened was a documentary called "Page One: Inside the New York Times" directed by Andrew Rossi. The documentary takes a stirring look at the changing face of newspapers with media, online blogging and aggregate journalism chipping away at the age old institutions of reporting. Following the film was a rising Q&A with two Participant Media spokespersons. Take a look at the highlights below...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Review - Super 8

In the summer of 1979 a group of kids witness a train crash while filming a movie for a contest. Following the crash, the kids and their small town find themselves experiencing an onslaught of unexplained occurrences as well as being held at the mercy of the United States Air Force.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review - The Tree of Life

The eldest son of three recounts his youth growing up under an authoritative father in 1950's America.

Review - Beginners

A young male must face two monumental announcements by his 70 something year-old father. One he is gay and two he has terminal cancer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review - A Better Life

As a single parent, Carlos wants the opportunities for his son he never had. He wants to keep him off the gang infested streets and wants him to attend a school where education is more important than policing children. As an illegal immigrant, providing these opportunities is a very trying and tiring experience and when Carlos's work truck is stolen he must risk everything in order to find it without involving the police.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Help Fund 'Before the Mask'

One of my favorite horror movies of the last couple years is "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon." A film that came and went with not many people getting a chance to know its glory. It is a movie that I constantly show friends of mine who've never seen. Its a film that is sharp as a tack and hosts an enormous amount of wit horrorphiles are sure to fall head over heels for. Well now that I've reminded you of the original film, the people behind the original are hoping to get a prequel-sequel-remake made and they are reaching out to us the fans and people that supported the first movie to get it done. Keep reading to see how you can help get "Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon" made...

David Robert Mitchell Talks - The Myth of the American Sleepover

Over the course of the summer KCET is hosting a Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. Nine special nights showcasing eight new movies before their theatrical release along with one classic Johnny Mercer scored film. Each screening will also include a Q&A immediately following the film with actors and filmmakers hosted by film critic Pete Hammond. The third film of the series screened was "The Myth of the American Sleepover" written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. The first time director was in attendance along with actor Amanda Bauer for an insightful 30 minute Q&A. Check out some of the highlights below...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Chris Weitz Talks - A Better Life

Over the course of the summer KCET is hosting a Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. Nine special nights showcasing eight new movies before their theatrical release along with one classic Johnny Mercer scored film. Each screening will also include a Q&A immediately following the film with actors and filmmakers hosted by film critic Pete Hammond. The second film of the series screened was "A Better Life" directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Golden Compass, and New Moon) who along with producer Christian McLaughlin was present for the interesting thirty minute Q&A. See the some of the highlights below...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

KCET's Summer Cinema Series

Like seeing good movies? How about hearing cast and directors talk about them? Live in the Los Angeles area? Well you are in luck, KCET recently kicked off their summer Cinema Series. It is a two month series showcasing 8 new movies and 1 special screening of a very special Johnny Mercer scored film. Every Tuesday for 9 weeks over summer at the classic Aero theatre you will see 1 movie including a Q&A with cast and filmmakers moderated by film journalist Pete Hammond. Checkout details below...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Don't Talk, We Mean It!

The Alamo Drafthouse has made a name for itself by setting a high precedent in cinema going. It is (from what I hear) the premiere theatrical experience in the United States. Today in an effort to illustrate how dedicated the good folks at the Alamo Drafthouse are in presenting the best cinematic experience possible they will begin running the following advertisement in front of "R" rated feature films. Beware the content within this bumper does contain offensive language. Proceed with caution...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mike Mills Talks - Beginners

Over the course of the summer KCET is hosting a Cinema Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. Nine special nights showcasing eight new movies before their theatrical release along with one classic Johnny Mercer scored film. Each screening will also include a Q&A immediately following the film with actors and filmmakers hosted by film critic Pete Hammond. The first film of the series was "Beginners" written and directed by Mike Mills who was nice enough to attend despite having a very busy schedule. Checkout some of the highlights from the insightful Q&A below...