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Podcast Episode 136: A Valentine To The Rapturous Romanti...

Podcast Episode 136: A Valentine To The Rapturous Romanticism Of Wong Kar-Wai

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando

My idea of a good date movie is "Shaun of the Dead." So maybe I'm not the best person to be making Valentine's Day recommendations. But there's one contemporary filmmaker who consistently tackles love with such lush romanticism that even I swoon at his movies. That filmmaker is Wong Kar-Wai. So as much as I hate Cupid's silly holiday, here's a Valentine to Wong Kar-Wai.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival Begins Thursday, Closes Fe...

San Diego Jewish Film Festival Begins Thursday, Closes Feb. 18 With 'Jungle'

Feb. 6
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival opens Feb. 8 with a documentary on Sammy Davis, Jr., "I Gotta Be Me" and closes with Greg McLean's "Jungle," about the true story of a young Israeli man's adventure in the Bolivian jungle.

'The Blood Is At The Doorstep' Closes Human Rights Watch ...

'The Blood Is At The Doorstep' Closes Human Rights Watch Film Festival On Sunday

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival opened last night at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The festival closes on Sunday with Erik Ljung's documentary "The Blood is at the Doorstep."

Horrors! Oscar Gives Well-Deserved Attention To Genre Films

Horrors! Oscar Gives Well-Deserved Attention To Genre Films

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning. See what made the list and what didn't.

'Phantom Thread' Weaves A Unique Love Story

'Phantom Thread' Weaves A Unique Love Story

Jan. 18
By Beth Accomando

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis claims that once again he plans to retire from acting. If that’s true then “Phantom Thread” is a beautiful film to end a career on.

A Pair Of Documentaries Are Worth Checking Out This Weekend

A Pair Of Documentaries Are Worth Checking Out This Weekend

Jan. 5
By Beth Accomando

Two very different but wonderfully compelling and entertaining documentaries are available to watch this weekend.

Top Ten Films Of 2017

Top Ten Films Of 2017

Dec. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The year is coming to a close and award nominations are rolling in. Some films like "Dunkirk," "The Post" and "Call Me By Your Name" are already looking like clear contenders for an Oscar nod. KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando has her own choices for the best of 2017.

Podcast Episode 133: Horror Movies As Spiritual Practice

Podcast Episode 133: Horror Movies As Spiritual Practice

Dec. 22, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The holidays are upon us so what better time to think about spirituality. For some, movie theaters are like churches and the movies they screen can teach about how to live life.

Film Critics Discuss What's Coming Out For The Holidays

Film Critics Discuss What's Coming Out For The Holidays

Dec. 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

From box-office hit "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to coming of age love story in "Call Me By Your Name," film critics give their take on the best holiday releases this year.

Podcast 132: Revisiting David Cronenberg's 'Crash'

Podcast 132: Revisiting David Cronenberg's 'Crash'

Dec. 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando

For this podcast, Arts & Culture Reporter Beth Accomando turns to her archives for an interview with David Cronenberg about his 1996 film "Crash," adapted from J.G. Ballard's controversial 1973 novel revolving around people with symphorophilia, in this case, car-crash sexual fetishism.

Podcast Episode 131: A Pair Of Films To Be Thankful For

Podcast Episode 131: A Pair Of Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando

It's Thanksgiving and I have a pair of films that I am feeling very thankful for right now: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "The Shape of Water." Filmmaker Martin McDonagh talks about writing a film for Frances McDormand and Doug Jones talks about "suit acting" for Guillermo Del Toro.

'Three Billboards' Showcases Actress Frances McDormand

'Three Billboards' Showcases Actress Frances McDormand

Nov. 22, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The two and a half minute trailer for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was all anyone needed to see to make them realize that Frances McDormand was going to give a performance that needs to be seen.

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday Night At theNAT

San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday Night At theNAT

Nov. 9, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The 18th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival launches Thursday night with "Oh Lucy" screening at the San Diego Natural History Museum's Kaplan Theater and continues through Nov. 18 at multiple venues.

Podcast Episode 130: Larry Cohen, King Of The B Movies

Podcast Episode 130: Larry Cohen, King Of The B Movies

Nov. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Larry Cohen is a genius because he managed to have the best of both worlds in the entertainment industry. Not many can claim to have enjoyed both a traditionally successful career within the mainstream Hollywood system as well as cult status outside the studio system making audaciously independent films exactly the way he wanted to.

'Thor' Is Not The Only Film Opening This Weekend

'Thor' Is Not The Only Film Opening This Weekend

Nov. 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Marvel’s "Thor: Ragnarok" may overshadow all other films opening this weekend, but if the lines are too long there are plenty more films to choose from.

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