I finally saw “X-Men: First Class” over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. The recent spate of comic book pictures has me thinking about what Sacramento could use in a superhero. (Okay, let’s be honest, I didn’t need any help thinking about this.)
At the heart of Sacramento’s contemporary arts scene is an outstanding start-up nonprofit called Verge Center for the Arts. It’s where all the cool kids convene, and some of this town’s hippest entertainment takes place there.
One of Verge’s best-kept secrets is its Film Series. It’s a mere $7 to watch one of their award-winning picture shows. Â Tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m., they’re showingÂ “Marwencol,” a film that wonÂ the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival (talk about cool!),Â Best Documentary of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics and Rotten Tomatoes, andÂ two Independent Spirit Awards. New York Magazine reviewed the film and raved, “About as fascinating as a documentary can get.”Â Fancy film!
This year, October 31 not only brings us candy and costumed fun, but it brings us AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” based on the acclaimed graphic novel published by Berkeley’s Image Comics. However, local film series Movies on a Big Screen is showing George A. Romero’s 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead,” widely considered the finest example of the zombie film genre. So your options are a classic that you have seen a bazillion times but maybe never on the big screen with other fans, or the small screen debut of a more relevant story and a soon-to-be classic.
We are looking for real life experienced Security Guards to be part of a new reality series. Are you the toughest, boldest, no bs Security Guard? Are you a natural leader? We are looking for real people who are the biggest and most energetic security guards to be part of a new show taking place in Sacramento. We are not looking for actors. You must have experience working in security and you must already have the proper training. This casting is for Sacramento only, you must pay your own way if you live outside the Sacramento area.
Last night marked the grand ribbon cutting and opening of the new Palladio 16 Cinemas in Folsom. The event offered much pomp and circumstance, complete with a limo loop to drive attendees from parking lot to red â€œcarpetâ€ (which is actually a sparkly, red, stone addition to the actual sidewalk).
The theater seats are spacious and cozyâ€”they even recline. The digital picture quality was sharp and pristine. The entire place still smells of plastic and newâ€”except for the entrance, which obviously smelled of freshly popping, buttery corn.
Overall, itâ€™s certainly a quality viewing experience. Yet, for the $19 price tag youâ€™ll pay to experience it, you wonâ€™t find any of the exquisite character of The Crest with its grand architecture and artistic detail. Aside from the fancy red sidewalk, itâ€™s just a basic, dark, nondescript theater. You wonâ€™t be hearing the classic Annie song â€œLetâ€™s go to the Moviesâ€ with images of Broadway tap dancers floating through your head. Itâ€™s just another movie theater with an ultra-high ticket price.
Looking for a good holiday movie? Stick to the classics. Whatever you do, skip A Christmas Tale by Arnaud Desplechin. This newly released DVD can be found tucked alongside The Grinch that Stole Christmas, Elf, Home Alone, and dozens of other feel-good standards. But donâ€™t be duped. This film doesnâ€™t deserve such good company. The DVD jacket is dressed with quality quotes of positive film reviews, one going so far as to name it â€œ#1 film of the year.â€ Letâ€™s be honest. This is the #1 yawn of the year.
The movie takes place in France, so youâ€™ll need to read subtitles. Itâ€™s about a dysfunctional family: the sister banishes a brother from her life; the mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness; and the grandson is sent to a mental institution. Then the whole family comes together for the holiday, and the viewer must endure their puffy speeches and trying interactions. The only likeable moments are those shared between the outcast son and his mother, whose constant banter about hating one another is clearly their distant manner of sharing affection.
Jericho was at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival two weeks ago … for a screening of a movie in which he appears. During a Q&A session, Jericho referred to the moderator several times as “Hadji” — a term sometimes used as a racial slur against Middle Easterners.
After the first wave of slurs — and a random shot at Paris Hilton — the host jokingly takes Jericho’s drink to sniff it for booze, when Chris chimes back, “it’s apple juice … fag.”
Could you live one year without electricity, toilet paper, toothpaste, or your car? One New York City man embarked on this seemingly impossible journey with his family. The results were filmed for the documentary No Impact Man, which opened at the Crest Theater yesterday. The film compliments the best-selling book by the same name.
Colin Beavan is a history writer with an environmental worldview. When he realizes that his lifestyle doesnâ€™t live up to his own expectations, and that his writing falls short of fully expressing his passions, he embarks on the potentially crazy adventure of becoming No Impact Man: diminishing his environmental footprint. His wife, at first begrudgingly, must join him for the wild ride along with their toddler daughter.
A zombie-themed double billing at Movies On a Big Screen Friday:
7 and 8:30 pm, “Dead Exit” (2009)
This is a locally produced and shot zombie horror flick, and it was actually filmed primarily on location at the Movies On a Big Screen theater. It’s a short film (about 20 minutes) that is being presented as a “Sneak Preview” before it heads out on the festival circuit. The cast and crew will be in attendance, and you can bet some of them will be dressed as reanimated ghouls.
The reanimated infestation has reached a crisis point, overwhelming both local law enforcement and federal agencies. Designated evacuation and quarantine sites, known as “green zones,” were developed to protect the few survivors and strategic assets that remained. … In the midst of the chaos and confusion caused by the latest collapse in the perimeter, three lone survivors rush to the final evacuation point.
Film critic extraordinaire and die-hard zydeco apologist DB, launches a new site Monday (November 10), The E Street Film Society. DB writes:
Any of you who have followed my other blogs (The Barnesyard and Movie City USA) know what you are in for, but this blog will lean much heavier towards movie reviews, discussion, and interactivity. My goals are threefold: