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Stories by Beth Accomando

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 wrap-up of 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.

Black Kat Theatre Presents 'Guide To The Bill Of Rights'

Black Kat Theatre Presents 'Guide To The Bill Of Rights'

June 19
By Beth Accomando

Black Kat Theatre uses humor to entertain and enlighten audiences about current events and politics. Its new show, "Guide to the Bill of Rights," provides a humorously informative journey through the first 10 amendments.

Podcast Episode 120: 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Revels In Real Foun...

Podcast Episode 120: 'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Revels In Real Found Footage

June 16
By Beth Accomando

Found footage is a tired trope in horror but those films all manufacture their supposed found footage. That kind of fakery holds no interest for filmmaker Bill Morrison. He is interested in the real deal, genuine footage that has been unearthed, uncovered or just waiting to be found and brought to light. His latest film, "Dawson City: Frozen Time," finds treasures in the arctic ice.

'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Serves Up A Fever Dream Of Cinema History

'Dawson City: Frozen Time' Serves Up A Fever Dream Of Cinema History

June 15
By Beth Accomando

The horror genre has turned found footage films into a tired gimmick, but the documentary "Dawson City: Frozen Time" (playing for one week at Digital Gym Cinema starting Friday) shows the breathtaking allure of a true found footage film.

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Reacts To Tony Win

June 14
By Beth Accomando, Marissa Cabrera

Christopher Ashley took home his first Tony Award Sunday for directing “Come From Away,” a musical about the small Canadian town of Gander, which sheltered thousands of airline passengers stranded after their planes were diverted on 9/11.

Don't Let Ads For 'It Comes At Night' Mislead You

Don't Let Ads For 'It Comes At Night' Mislead You

June 8
By Beth Accomando

There is a saying that you can't judge a book by its cover. You also can not judge a film by its ad campaign. So ignore the ads for "It Comes At Night" (opening Friday at select San Diego theaters) and go in with an open mind and appreciates this dark exploration of the darkness that lies within.

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

Podcast Episode 119: Queer Horror

Podcast Episode 119: Queer Horror

June 8
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut San Diego is hosting its first-ever block of gay horror shorts and it highlights how LGBT filmmakers are turning more and more to genre filmmaking. So I felt it was time to pay tribute to queer cinema and talk to some filmmakers about why they choose to work in the genre.

FilmOut Kicks Off 19th Year With Docs, Rom-Coms And A Block Of Horror

FilmOut Kicks Off 19th Year With Docs, Rom-Coms And A Block Of Horror

June 7
By Beth Accomando

FilmOut, San Diego’s LGBT film festival, kicks off on Friday at the Observatory North Park. Here’s a preview.

'Shockheaded Peter' Serves Up Naughty Children And Their Misguided ...

'Shockheaded Peter' Serves Up Naughty Children And Their Misguided Parents

June 7
By Beth Accomando

Back in 1845, Heinrich Hoffman created a book of cautionary tales to teach his kids moral lessons. Those German stories, which often ended in the death of the misbehaving child, now provide the basis for the musical “Shockheaded Peter” at Cygnet Theatre.

Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Comic Art Ga...

Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Comic Art Gallery Friday

June 2
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Matthew Bowler

A samurai rabbit and ninja turtles will be meeting up yet again after decades apart for a new IDW comic book coming out in July. To celebrate the reunion, IDW is bringing “Usagi Yojimbo” creator Stan Sakai and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” co-creator Kevin Eastman together tonight at Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station.

'Wonder Woman' Has Humor, Humanity And An Old School Sense Of Honor

'Wonder Woman' Has Humor, Humanity And An Old School Sense Of Honor

June 1
By Beth Accomando

Female superhero films are few and far between, and they usually bomb. But this week things may change as DC’s leading female superhero, Wonder Woman, gets a film of her own with a woman director.

Podcast Episode 118: David Lynch Revisited

Podcast Episode 118: David Lynch Revisited

May 26
By Beth Accomando

With the return of "Twin Peaks" and a revival screening of "Fire Walk With Me," I decided it was time to dig into the archives for an interview with David Lynch.

Weekly Roundup: Avoid ‘Pirates,’ Take A ‘Roman Holiday’ Instead

Weekly Roundup: Avoid ‘Pirates,’ Take A ‘Roman Holiday’ Instead

May 26
By Beth Accomando

It’s Memorial Day weekend and there’s the forgettable new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the memorable “Roman Holiday” screening outdoors, “Fire Walk With Me” at midnight, and the occult horror tale “A Dark Song.”

2017 Summer Movie Preview

2017 Summer Movie Preview

May 26
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

Memorial weekend marks the unofficial launch of the summer movie season and here is a preview of what is to come.

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