Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Marah Strauch's Sunshine Superman is ostensibly a documentary about the life of Carl Boenish, a seminal member of the BASE-jumping movement.
Although the names are absent from the credits, it's impossible not to note the handiwork of Scandinavian scribes Forrest Forrestgumponsson and Zelig Zeligsson on the jolly, geriatric romp The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
'It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," Paul Giamatti tells a roomful of students at the start of San Andreas, quite literally the blockbuster of the year. He's a brilliant Cal Tech seismologist, and he's talking about the chances that another Big One - like the 9.1 quake that devastated Anchorage in 1964 - might hit.
Music has always been essential to Cameron Crowe's movies: the gigging and groupies of Almost Famous, the Peter Gabriel boom-box moment in Say Anything, the classic rock of Jerry Maguire. The music in the writer-director's Aloha, too, is key, from the swaying ukuleles of Hawaiian folk songs to the Who, the Rolling Stones, and Fleetwood Mac.
Ridley Scott's Alien would not be Ridley Scott's Alien without H.R. Giger. The Swiss artist's Oscar-winning designs for the morphing mother of a monster who stalks Sigourney Weaver and her Nostromo crew in the 1979 sci-fi masterwork are indelible: an oozing, predatory nightmare, made of skeleton and sinew, all teeth and vertebrae, with phallic protrusions and vaginal mouths. Yes, plural, one projecting from inside the other.
Even as cancer spread throughout his body, Frank Bender couldn't help but satisfy his vision.
Joni Mitchell: Felled by aneurysm? A mystery continues, even more mysterious-er. AYK, iconic genius songstress Joni Mitchell was found unconscious in her L.A. home on March 31 and whisked to the UCLA Medical Center, where she's been ever since. What no-on
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Bunny Lake is Missing Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, 2 p.m. Sunday Otto Preminger's 1965 psychological mystery, shot in widescreen black-and-white...