MSA Reviews: August Rush

August RushI realized a fun local tie in to your movie watching is to pay attention to films that prominently feature blurbs by CBS/CW’s own Mark S. Allen. One such piece of crap is “August Rush,” which I’m embarrassed to say I rented with the wife. We thought it would be a charmingly flawed popcorn rental, and we’re suckers for the Felicity and the Rhys-Meyers. And yes, we knew that Robin Williams made an appearance. Allen’s quote, on the cover of the DVD, is “Your heart will be singing and your spirit will soar!” Replace heart with bowels, and spirit with desire to physically damage your television, and you got yourself a quote.

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Local panhandling film premieres Friday at Crest

Friday night the Crest is hosting the premiere of Keith Lowell Jensen’s documentary about his experience at pretend(?) panhandling, “Why Lie I Need A Drink.” Keith’s invitation reads in part…

For the last three years Jonathan Morken, John Astobiza and myself have
been working on a funny and accidentally poignant documentary about panhandling. Now we present the world premier of our film Why Lie I Need A Drink. I hope you all can make it. My birthday is March 5th, and I’m celebrating my birthday at the Premier. The greatest present anyone can give me is to help me fill up these 1,000 seats and get our documentary off to a good start.

In case you were wondering if it is funny, just ask KLJ! 🙂

Netflix has no limits (sort of)

Popular video rental company Netflix apparently is offering its subscribers unlimited access to movies and television shows to watch via the Web on their personal computers (NOTE: This feature is only available to folks using IE 6 or higher!).

The feature will be open to all subscribers already on one of their unlimited monthly video rental plans, with no extra charge.

I currently subscribe to the “2 at-a-time (Unlimited)” plan and am still limited to 14 hours of online viewing. But with instant access to A Fish Called Wanda, Real Genius, and Zoolander, who is complaining?

On a local note, it is always fun to check out what folks are viewing in Sacramento (via Netflix)…

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“Rocky Horror” at Big Screen (West Sac)

I do not, repeat: do not, swing this way but it has been a long time since I have mentioned the Movies on a Big Screen series (which has moved to West Sac, but still) and since the curator mentioned that he’s been lax in getting the word out I wanted to pitch in. Starting Friday at 10 pm Shiny Object will be screening “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in their new location at 600 4th Street in West Sacramento. I have yet to attend an indie flick screening at Shiny Object but I love knowing it is there.

So if you’re into that whole Rocky Horror thing, check out Shiny Object Friday night. And stay away from me and my family. 🙂

DB comes back to life with Movie City USA

DB, creator of one of my former favorite local blogs, The Barnesyard, has come back to the personal publishing world with a new film reviews/lists/humor site Movie City, USA

Many of you may remember that I used to run a little film criticism blog called The Barnesyard. It provided me with an informal setting where I could “rap” with the kids about the real issues facing today’s youth – the validity of the auteur theory, the effects of the monolithic American movie distribution model, early Ozu vs. late Ozu, peer pressure, bullies, and the like. I shut down The Barnesyard almost one year ago due to pressure from
Homeland Security – apparently The Terrorists were so disemboldened by my tales of freedom that they had become lazy and uninteresting – but I’m ready to restart it under a different banner – Movie City USA.

The new site will publish a different type of post every weekday. I look forward to more of DB’s keen film sensibility and devilish wit.

Free family movies!

Regal Cinemas, operators of Natomas Marketplace 16 and Laguna Village 12, has free G and PG rated movies at 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this summer. So if the heat comes back and you need something cool to do with the kiddies they’ve got “Rugrats In Paris The Movie” and “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” (I think this is the Burton one, because the Gene Wilder one is a G and it’s actually titled “Willy Wonka and…” according to IMDB) this week, and “Muppets From Space” and “Two Brothers” (I assume it’s this one) next week.
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Netflix: Popular in Sacto

I wonder if anything comedic could be gathered from looking at the list of the top 25 movies that are popular in the River City?

  1. Nuns on the Run
  2. Haiku Tunnel
  3. Hollywood Homicide
  4. From Dusk Till Dawn
  5. Winning Strategies: Texas Hold ‘Em Poker with Mike Caro
  6. Tigerland
  7. The King of Comedy
  8. Family Guy: Vol.1: Seasons1-2 (4-Disc Series)
  9. Bright Young Things
  10. Holes
  11. Young Frankenstein
  12. American Me
  13. Herbie Rides Again
  14. Beautiful Girls
  15. Fascination (Heart of Stone)
  16. New York Minute
  17. The Cookout
  18. The Hunting of the President
  19. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life: Open Ocean – The Deep
  20. Northern Exposure: Season1 (4-Disc Series)
  21. Love’s Enduring Promise
  22. Seinfeld: Season4 (4-Disc Series)
  23. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (6-Disc Series)
  24. The Sixth Sense
  25. Inu-Yasha: The Movie2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

Let’s actually talk about #1 last. #2, Haiku Tunnel, is a wonderful little film. I am proud to see a few documentaries on the list, but one of them is some sort of poker scam video and that’s just pathetic. Also some great TV on DVD, Seinfeld and Family Guy. Two anime entries is either a lot or way too little. I guess those are two pretty prominent titles. Yes, #16 is the Olsen twins movie (which starred Andy Richter as the badguy) and Sacramentans do indeed see dead people. And now to #1.

What??