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Stories by Beth Accomando

GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

Oct. 18
By Beth Accomando

The GI Film Festival San Diego kicks off Wednesday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The opening night film is "The 2 Sides Project," a documentary about healing the wounds of war.

'Pirates of Penzance' Sets Sail At San Diego Opera

'Pirates of Penzance' Sets Sail At San Diego Opera

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Sometimes art emphasizes escape over enlightenment. Such is the case with San Diego Opera’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Pirates of Penzance."

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s more than just horror at the box office this weekend.

Podcast Episode 128: Gay Horror And The Final Boys

Podcast Episode 128: Gay Horror And The Final Boys

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando

You all know about the final girl in horror, that feisty possibly virginal heroine who’s the last one left standing after some serial killer goes on a rampage. But are you familiar with the final boy?

San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday

San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando

"The Playground" is a feature film shot entirely in San Diego and with a cast and crew almost exclusively from San Diego. The film has its world premiere Thursday night at Reading Clairemont Town Square Cinemas.

Podcast Episode 127: Giallo Cinema, Killing It With Style

Podcast Episode 127: Giallo Cinema, Killing It With Style

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

Italian giallo cinema is something everyone needs to experience at least once. It consumes you like a fever dream and assaults your senses with an audacious excess of style. Soak up some glorious giallo elegance with this podcast.

Long-Awaited 'Blade Runner' Sequel Finally Arrives

Long-Awaited 'Blade Runner' Sequel Finally Arrives

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

It has been more than three decades since Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” opened in theaters and defined a new kind of sci-fi film. “Blade Runner 2049” arrives as one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of all time.

San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA

San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival launches its 11th season Wednesday night at the Museum of Photographic Arts with the documentary "Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)."

San Diego International Film Festival Opens With Thurgood Marshall ...

San Diego International Film Festival Opens With Thurgood Marshall Film

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

It's a week for film festivals with the San Diego Italian and San Diego International Film Festivals both kicking off Wednesday night. San Diego International Film Festival opens its 16th year at the Balboa Theater with "Marshall," a film looking to the early years of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

'Bat Boy: The Musical' Inspired By '90s Tabloid Headline

'Bat Boy: The Musical' Inspired By '90s Tabloid Headline

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

The Weekly World News was notorious for its outlandish covers that caught your eye at the grocery checkout. One of those headline stories featuring a half-bat, half-boy inspired the musical “Bat Boy,” which has a new production running at OB Playhouse.

'Victoria And Adbul' Looks To An Unlikely Friendship

'Victoria And Adbul' Looks To An Unlikely Friendship

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Victoria and Abdul" looks to the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant.

Create Your Own Film Class With Series Devoted To Hitchcock, Giallo

Create Your Own Film Class With Series Devoted To Hitchcock, Giallo

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

October and Halloween are just around the corner and that means some fun film programming. Angelika Film Center hosts its month-long Hitchcocktober fest while Digital Gym Cinema features a Giallo film series.

One Book Film Series Kicks Off Oct. 3 At Central Library

One Book Film Series Kicks Off Oct. 3 At Central Library

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Central Library hosts a nine-part program, running Tuesdays Oct. 3 through Nov. 28, of diverse films that address the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection “The Sandcastle Girls.”

Intrepid Theatre's 'Father Comes Home From The Wars' Combines Art A...

Intrepid Theatre's 'Father Comes Home From The Wars' Combines Art And Community Outreach

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando

Intrepid Theatre Company is partnering with the San Diego Museum of Man to facilitate school field trips to the museum’s exhibit and a stage show titled, "Race: Are We So Different?"

Podcast Episode 126: Horrible Imaginings And 'Uncharted Regions'

Podcast Episode 126: Horrible Imaginings And 'Uncharted Regions'

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival wrapped up earlier this month, and it was another great year embracing the darkness. Here's a reflection on the event and a look at the radio drama created specifically to debut at the festival.

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Bigger But Not Better Than Its Pre...

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Bigger But Not Better Than Its Predecessor

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a surprise hit in 2014 and now a sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," arrives to see if it can repeat that success.

'Benny And Joon' Has World Premiere At The Globe

'Benny And Joon' Has World Premiere At The Globe

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

The 1993 film "Benny and Joon" provides the inspiration for the world premiere musical that just opened at The Old Globe.

'Mother!' Delivers Provocative Allegory On Creative Process

'Mother!' Delivers Provocative Allegory On Creative Process

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando

The fact that some critics are calling Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" "shocking" and "terrifying" says more about mainstream critics and the timid state of American filmmaking than about Aronofsky's film. If you see only American Hollywood movies then "Mother!" may prove a shocking experience. But if your viewing experience is far broader than that then the film can be appreciated for its thoughtful and provocative artistry.

'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"Wild Goose Dreams" had its world premiere earlier this month at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. The play looks to a pair of displaced people looking to make connections.

Classics Return To Ken Cinema

Classics Return To Ken Cinema

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of cinema classics.

Podcast Episode 125: To Be, Or Not To Be 'Hamlet'

Podcast Episode 125: To Be, Or Not To Be 'Hamlet'

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando

The Old Globe has a bold new production of “Hamlet” on stage now. It is directed by Barry Edelstein and it made me see the play with new eyes. This podcast is dedicated to Shakespeare’s great play and to understanding it better through film and an interview with Edelstein.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Embraces The Darkness For 8th Year

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Embraces The Darkness For 8th Year

Sept. 7
By Beth Accomando

Every year I pursue my passion for horror by volunteering to work at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. Here’s a preview of the festival that runs Friday through Sunday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Sept. 1
By Beth Accomando

Women filmmakers face plenty of obstacles trying to break into the mainstream industry. But if you are a female experimental filmmaker you face even more. Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival, showing Saturday at Digital Gym Cinema, tries to carve out a space for those filmmakers.

Film Geeks SD Pay Tribute To Women Directors Dorothy Arzner And Ida...

Film Geeks SD Pay Tribute To Women Directors Dorothy Arzner And Ida Lupino

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando

It’s not often that you have two successful studio pictures directed by women playing in theaters at the same time. Kathryn Bigelow’s "Detroit" has won critical acclaim and Patty Jenkins’ "Wonder Woman" has dominated the summer box office. To complement these two recent examples of female-helmed films, Film Geeks SD will be showcasing a double feature on Friday from pioneering women directors Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino.

San Diego Underground Film Festival Kicks Off Thursday

San Diego Underground Film Festival Kicks Off Thursday

Aug. 24
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Underground Film Festival embarks on its third year Thursday night and runs through Sunday at Tenth Avenue Arts Center.

A Man-Eating Plant, Marilyn As A Femme Fatale, And A Male Buddy Film

A Man-Eating Plant, Marilyn As A Femme Fatale, And A Male Buddy Film

Aug. 18
By Beth Accomando

This weekend, there’s something old, something new and something carnivorous to check out at the movies.

Podcast Episode 124: RIP George A. Romero, Godfather Of The Undead

Podcast Episode 124: RIP George A. Romero, Godfather Of The Undead

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando

George A. Romero died on July 16. The zombie community paid tribute to him during Comic-Con, and I gather some of those memories and an archive interview with him for this remembrance.

Barry Edelstein Gives Us A Vigorous, Youthful 'Hamlet'

Barry Edelstein Gives Us A Vigorous, Youthful 'Hamlet'

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando

For some actors and directors, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" represents a challenge that must be met at some point in one's career. Five years into his job as artistic director at The Old Globe Theatre, Barry Edelstein is meeting that challenge and directing his first "Hamlet."

John Luther Adams' 'The Wind Garden' Challenges Expectations On Wha...

John Luther Adams' 'The Wind Garden' Challenges Expectations On What Art Is

Aug. 8
By Beth Accomando

On Monday, composer John Luther Adams’ officially opened "The Wind Garden" at UC San Diego. Think of it as a kind of living wind chime made up of eucalyptus trees that have been fitted with motion and light sensors that translate varying forces of wind and changing light patterns into sound instantaneously using sophisticated software.

Sundance Hit 'Brigsby Bear' Opens

Sundance Hit 'Brigsby Bear' Opens

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

"Brigsby Bear" is something of a San Diego success story. Its creators, director Dave McCary and writer-star Kyle Mooney, went from San Diego to "Saturday Night Live," then earlier this year, their film became a sleeper hit at Sundance.

Halloween Conventions Part Two: ScareLA

Halloween Conventions Part Two: ScareLA

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

Only 88 days till Halloween and thankfully for the second weekend in a row there is a Halloween convention to help you prepare for whatever you need. This weekend it's ScareLA.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Tells The True Story Of The Algiers Mot...

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Tells The True Story Of The Algiers Motel Incident

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Detroit” looks to the tragic events at the Algiers Motel during the 1967 riots in the Motor City. For five days in 1967, Detroit was rocked by violent unrest that would leave 43 dead, hundreds injured, thousands arrested, and neighborhoods burned to the ground.

Ken Ludwig's 'Robin Hood!' Earns Its Exclamation Point

Ken Ludwig's 'Robin Hood!' Earns Its Exclamation Point

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando

Robin Hood is an iconic character in film and literature. The Old Globe Theatre serves up its own version of the heroic outlaw in its newly commissioned play from Ken Ludwig called "Robin Hood!"

Halloween Conventions Part One: Midsummer Scream

Halloween Conventions Part One: Midsummer Scream

July 28
By Beth Accomando

It is a mere 95 days to Halloween. For many, that is no reason to panic, but if you do a home haunt like I do, it means down to the wire for planning and shopping. That’s why Halloween conventions like Midsummer Scream and ScareLA are so important.

Charlize Theron Owns The Action In 'Atomic Blonde'

Charlize Theron Owns The Action In 'Atomic Blonde'

July 27
By Beth Accomando

Charlize Theron proves that she can play as rough as any male action star in the new film “Atomic Blonde.”

Bidding Farewell To Another Comic-Con: Hall H, Cosplay And A Death ...

Bidding Farewell To Another Comic-Con: Hall H, Cosplay And A Death Star Coffee Table

July 24
By Beth Accomando

The 48th annual Comic-Con International came to a close on Sunday night. Here are a few highlights.

What To Expect At Comic-Con 2017: A Conversation With Organizer Dav...

What To Expect At Comic-Con 2017: A Conversation With Organizer David Glanzer

July 21
By Beth Accomando, KPBS News

San Diego’s biggest event is underway. Comic-Con International draws more than 130,000 pop culture fans every year, and this year is no different.

Comic Book Fans Meet Creators At Booths, Panels

Comic Book Fans Meet Creators At Booths, Panels

July 21
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con 2017 is off and running, and here is one booth to check out and a cool not-to-miss panel.

George A. Romero: May The Godfather Of Zombie Films Rest In Peace

George A. Romero: May The Godfather Of Zombie Films Rest In Peace

July 18
By Beth Accomando

The filmmaker died Sunday after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Brings Trilogy To Strong Finish

'War For The Planet Of The Apes' Brings Trilogy To Strong Finish

July 14
By Beth Accomando

“War for the Planet of the Apes” (opening July 14) is the third film in the re-booted “Apes” franchise, and it brings Caesar’s saga to a fitting close.

Globe's New 'Robin Hood!' Stages Swordplay In The Round

Globe's New 'Robin Hood!' Stages Swordplay In The Round

July 13
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Errol Flynn defined the swashbuckling heroics of Robin Hood in the 1938 film "The Adventures of Robin Hood." Now the Old Globe takes inspiration from that movie for its newly commissioned play by Ken Ludwig, "Robin Hood!"

Podcast Episode 123: TCM Spotlight On Alfred Hitchcock

Podcast Episode 123: TCM Spotlight On Alfred Hitchcock

July 12
By Beth Accomando

Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, Hitch — however you want to refer to him — is a filmmaker who has left an indelible mark on cinema. His career spanned the silents and talkies, black and white, Technicolor, and 3-D, plus film industries on both side of the pond.

Podcast Episode 122: In Praise Of Edgar Wright

Podcast Episode 122: In Praise Of Edgar Wright

July 9
By Beth Accomando

Edgar Wright has a new film out and that is cause for celebration. I speak with the director about "Baby Driver."

'The Journey' Imagines How Two Political Opponents Overcame Differe...

'The Journey' Imagines How Two Political Opponents Overcame Differences

July 7
By Beth Accomando

For 40 years, Catholics and Protestants were engaged in a bloody civil war in Northern Ireland. But in 2006, political enemies Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness met and emerged with an agreement to end the conflict. “The Journey” imagines how these two men might have overcome their differences.

Sofia Coppola Remake Of 'The Beguiled' Takes Different Viewpoint

Sofia Coppola Remake Of 'The Beguiled' Takes Different Viewpoint

July 4
By Beth Accomando

In 1971 “The Beguiled,” starring Clint Eastwood, was the first R-rated film I ever saw, and it caused a stir in my sixth-grade elementary school class. Now Sofia Coppola remakes “The Beguiled” and turns it into something uniquely her own.

2017 San Diego Fringe Awards

2017 San Diego Fringe Awards

July 3
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival closed its fifth year Sunday night with an awards ceremony at the Spreckels Theatre.

Edgar Wright Kicks 'Baby Driver' Into High Gear

Edgar Wright Kicks 'Baby Driver' Into High Gear

June 29
By Beth Accomando

British filmmaker Edgar Wright is probably best known for his comedies “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” But his latest outing is an action packed heist film called “Baby Driver.”

Podcast Episode 121: Shakespeare, The Film's The Thing

Podcast Episode 121: Shakespeare, The Film's The Thing

June 24
By Beth Accomando

San Diego's Old Globe Theatre has an eight decade history of performing Shakespeare on stage. Now its artistic director Barry Edelstein wants to highlight the Bard on film.

San Diego International Fringe Festival Continues To Grow

San Diego International Fringe Festival Continues To Grow

June 22
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival takes its cue from the 70-year-old Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The 11-day event, now in its fifth year, serves up a smorgasbord of entertainment ranging from dance and music to puppets and circus.

Shakespeare Film Series Returns To The Old Globe

Shakespeare Film Series Returns To The Old Globe

June 22
By Beth Accomando

Last year's free summer Shakespeare film series was such a hit that The Old Globe Theatre is bringing it back for round two.

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