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2014 Film Nights in the Park Summer Schedule

Summer is here, San Francisco, which means it’s once again time to grab your picnic baskets, blankets, sweatshirts, scarfs and friends and head out to the park for some free ...

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Instead of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, watch these 20 MOVIES ABOUT SPIDERS

Hey guys! The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is opening on May 2nd! You know where I’ll be opening day? At home. Drinking beer. Watching movies about big-ass spiders.

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Remake Wars #2: The Blob (1958) vs. The Blob (1988)

  Inspired by fellow Filmbalaya writer Nick Petrick’s battle between two versions of Lolita, I’ve decided to do a Remake War of my own, and it’s one that sci-fi and ...

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Days of Summer #11: Jonathan Levine’s “The Wackness” (2008)

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In my book, there’s a distinct difference between “Summer Movies” and “Movies to Watch During Summer”, although they’re not mutually exclusive terms. While the term “Summer Movie” denotes a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster released during the months of May, June, July, or August, it is typically the case that these films have very little to do with the actual season. In this feature, I’ll be ranting and raving about my favorite “Movies to Watch During Summer”, to anybody who cares to listen. Read More…

Catching up with Cassavetes: #5 – “Husbands” (1970)

vlcsnap-485425Wow. What a film. Talk about a movie that just screams I am man! Now, I won’t say I was happy to have spent three hours with three unlikable rude jerks, but I wouldn’t want to ever take back those three hours either.

Picking up where Faces (his previous film) left off, Cassavetes intentions seem to once again be to immerse the audience in a world of the white suburban middle-aged middle-class alcoholics, only this time with longer takes within uncomfortably long scenes of bullying, vomiting, and adultery. This is not an easy film to sit through, especially for those used to more mainstream fare where storylines are continually dumbed down. Sitting through Husbands is like having all the ugly parts of ones mid-life crisis magnified and held in front of our eyes is if a staring contest is being held against your will. Like I said earlier, wow. What a film. Read More…

Days of Summer #10: Joel Schumacher’s “Falling Down” (1993)

dfensIn my book, there’s a distinct difference between “Summer Movies” and “Movies to Watch During Summer”, although they’re not mutually exclusive terms. While the term “Summer Movie” denotes a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster released during the months of May, June, July, or August, it is typically the case that these films have very little to do with the actual season. In this feature, I’ll be ranting and raving about my favorite “Movies to Watch During Summer”, to anybody who cares to listen.

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Days of Summer #9: Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975)

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In my book, there’s a distinct difference between “Summer Movies” and “Movies to Watch During Summer”, although they’re not mutually exclusive terms. While the term “Summer Movie” denotes a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster released during the months of May, June, July, or August, it is typically the case that these films have very little to do with the actual season. In this feature, I’ll be ranting and raving about my favorite “Movies to Watch During Summer”, to anybody who cares to listen.

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Catching up with Cassavetes: #4 – “Faces” (1968)

7020358961_8a71a446db_zAnd I thought films such as Blue Velvet (1986), American Beauty (1999), and Revolutionary Road (2008) did a good job at encapsulating the mood of the soul crushing suburbs. Enter John CassavetesFaces (1968).

The ability to project moods of uncomfortableness through a film is something few directors can ever pull off with any worthwhile amount of efficiency. Yet in Cassavete’s fourth film, he and his team have managed to do just that.

Made up of several connected vignettes, each more awkward and hard to sit through than the previous one, Faces has all the qualities one would find if they were watching a home video of how unsatisfied and unhappy adults act in the wee hours of the morning long after the booze-filled party has ended. Read More…

Days of Summer #8: William Lustig’s “Uncle Sam” (1996)

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In my book, there’s a distinct difference between “Summer Movies” and “Movies to Watch During Summer”, although they’re not mutually exclusive terms. While the term “Summer Movie” denotes a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster released during the months of May, June, July, or August, it is typically the case that these films have very little to do with the actual season. In this feature, I’ll be ranting and raving about my favorite “Movies to Watch During Summer”, to anybody who cares to listen.

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Days of Summer #7: John Milius’ “Big Wednesday” (1978)

BW1In my book, there’s a distinct difference between “Summer Movies” and “Movies to Watch During Summer”, although they’re not mutually exclusive terms. While the term “Summer Movie” denotes a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster released during the months of May, June, July, or August, it is typically the case that these films have very little to do with the actual season. In this feature, I’ll be ranting and raving about my favorite “Movies to Watch During Summer”, to anybody who cares to listen.

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Catching up with Cassavetes: #3 – “A Child is Waiting” (1963)

a-child-is-waiting.jpg_22202_1500_1500_2Prior to watching John CassavetesA Child is Waiting I couldn’t figure out why I haven’t heard too much, if any, mention of it before, especially when considering its two big name stars; Judy Garland and Burt Lancaster. Well, as it turns out there’s a good reason why. Aside from the fact that Cassavetes himself disowned it after he was fired during the post production phase, the fact of the matter is, the film just isn’t all that good, especially when being compared to the rest of his films. Read More…

Days of Summer #6: Thom Eberhart’s “Captain Ron” (1992)

crIn my book, there’s a distinct difference between “Summer Movies” and “Movies to Watch During Summer”, although they’re not mutually exclusive terms. While the term “Summer Movie” denotes a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster released during the months of May, June, July, or August, it is typically the case that these films have very little to do with the actual season. In this feature, I’ll be ranting and raving about my favorite “Movies to Watch During Summer”, to anybody who cares to listen.

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