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Stories by Beth Accomando

Hitchcocktober Film Series Kicks Off At Angelika Carmel Mountain

Hitchcocktober Film Series Kicks Off At Angelika Carmel Mountain

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando

What better way to celebrate Halloween month than with the Master of Suspense?

Myth Of The Dubbyk Gets New Take in 'Demon'

Myth Of The Dubbyk Gets New Take in 'Demon'

Sept. 30
By Beth Accomando

In Jewish mythology a dybbuk is a dislocated soul of someone long dead that maliciously seeks a living person to possess. The Polish film "Demon" (opening Sept. 30 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) looks at the old folk tale in a new light.

Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

Italian Film Composer Fabio Frizzi Performs At Brick By Brick

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando

Fabio Frizzi may not be a household name in the U.S., but he has created some of the most memorable scores for Italian horror and Western films. He will be performing in San Diego Thursday night at Brick By Brick.

Newly Rebranded San Diego International Film Festival Kicks Off Ton...

Newly Rebranded San Diego International Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Film Festival is going through some changes this year — both planned and unplanned. Here's a preview of the festival that runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

'Operation Avalanche' Executes Delicious Cinematic Con Game

'Operation Avalanche' Executes Delicious Cinematic Con Game

Sept. 23
By Beth Accomando

The line between real and fake gets severely blurred in the new film "Operation Avalanche" (opening Sept. 23 at Landmark's Ken Cinema). It’s a mockumentary about a fake lunar landing. But the filmmakers infiltrated NASA to shoot footage for their film.

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

The playhouse strives to showcase female playwrights and plays with dynamic women characters. Its current production "Peerless" offers a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth."

Jewish Film Fest Hosts San Diego Premiere Of 'For The Love Of Spock'

Jewish Film Fest Hosts San Diego Premiere Of 'For The Love Of Spock'

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival is hosting the San Diego premiere of the documentary "For the Love of Spock" with screenings on Sept. 21 and 22. Adam Nimoy will be at both screenings to talk about making a film about his famous father Leonard Nimoy.

Podcast Episode 91: Spock, NASA, And A Real Documentary Versus A Fa...

Podcast Episode 91: Spock, NASA, And A Real Documentary Versus A Fake One

Sept. 20
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes there’s just too much good stuff to cover so this week I am going to talk with a pair of filmmakers from wildly divergent films but what makes them fun to combine into one podcast is that one is a real documentary — "For the Love of Spock" — and one is a fake documentary — "Operation Avalanche."

Podcast Episode 90: Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Wrap-Up And Mexpl...

Podcast Episode 90: Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Wrap-Up And Mexploitation Cinema

Sept. 16
By Beth Accomando

The seventh annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival wrapped this past Sunday. Here are interviews with filmmakers from around the globe who came.

Restored International Classics Screen At Ken Cinema

Restored International Classics Screen At Ken Cinema

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando

Landmark's Ken Cinema hosts a pair of restored classics this week: Louis Malle’s “Elevator to the Gallows” and Carol Reed’s “The Fallen Idol.”

Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Kicks Off At MOPA Wednesday Night

Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Kicks Off At MOPA Wednesday Night

Sept. 7
By Beth Accomando

The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival kicks off its seventh year on Wednesday with the California premiere of Sion Sono's "Tag!" at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Showcases Final Films This Week

San Diego 48 Hour Film Project Showcases Final Films This Week

Sept. 6
By Beth Accomando

On Aug. 21, San Diego production teams submitted the results from their 48 Hour Film Project competition. Now you can see the finished films.

Podcast Episode 89: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Preview

Podcast Episode 89: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Preview

Sept. 5
By Beth Accomando

Something wicked this way comes! It is time for the seventh annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, which runs Sept. 7 through 11 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' Shows Promise, But Doesn't Quite Satisfy

Sci-Fi Thriller 'Morgan' Shows Promise, But Doesn't Quite Satisfy

Sept. 2
By Beth Accomando

The feature film debut of "Alien" director Ridley Scott's son features top-notch talent and enticing early scenes. But for Luke Scott, it's tough having a lot to live up to — especially when working in the same genre.

New Book By Finest City Improv's Founder Puts Improvisation Skills ...

New Book By Finest City Improv's Founder Puts Improvisation Skills To Daily Use

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando

Amy Lisewski, the founder and artistic director of Finest City Improv, just released "Relax, We're All Just Making This Stuff Up!"

Podcast Episode 88: Wild And Crazy Steve Martin Gets Serious About ...

Podcast Episode 88: Wild And Crazy Steve Martin Gets Serious About Comedy

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The comic-turned-playwright's latest work, "Meteor Shower," has its world premiere at the Old Globe.

'Don't Breathe' Serves Up Home Invasion Formula With A Twist

'Don't Breathe' Serves Up Home Invasion Formula With A Twist

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando

A blind man turns the tables on three invaders in this new film by "Evil Dead" director Fede Alvarez.

Missed Out On Comic-Con? Get Your Geek On At Nerd Con In North County

Missed Out On Comic-Con? Get Your Geek On At Nerd Con In North County

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando

The three-day event, which caters to the geek and cosplay community, takes over 12 acres of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido this weekend.

Exitos Del Cine Latino Extends San Diego Latino Film Fest Into Summer

Exitos Del Cine Latino Extends San Diego Latino Film Fest Into Summer

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Latino Film Festival runs every March but sometimes there’s just not enough room to showcase all that’s good. Exitos del Cine Latino provides a summer showcase for the overflow.

Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew' Reimagined In The Era Of 'Mad Men'

Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew' Reimagined In The Era Of 'Mad Men'

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando

The Bard was a great writer, but some of his work can be problematic for contemporary audiences. A new production frames one character as a budding feminist dealing with chauvinistic attitudes in the 1960s.

Podcast Episode 87: 'Hell Or High Water' And The Indie Spirit

Podcast Episode 87: 'Hell Or High Water' And The Indie Spirit

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando

"Hell or High Water" is a throwback to 1970s indie films. Director David Mackenzie and actor Gil Birmingham talk about making a contemporary Western that delivers social commentary.

Steve Martin's 'Meteor Shower' Has World Premiere At Old Globe

Steve Martin's 'Meteor Shower' Has World Premiere At Old Globe

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The Old Globe Theatre would like Steve Martin to view its stage as a home for anything he writes. Two years ago it hosted his musical "Bright Star." Now comes the world premiere of his play "Meteor Shower."

Podcast 86: ScareLA And Extreme Haunter Russ McKamey

Podcast 86: ScareLA And Extreme Haunter Russ McKamey

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

There are less than three months until Halloween. Spirit stores are already posting signs looking for employees and I am still trying to track down tentacles for my Lovecraft haunt this year. So basically it’s panic mode. Fortunately, I spent this past weekend at ScareLA where my sense of panic was understood by fellow Halloween enthusiasts.

'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

'Hell Or High Water' Delivers Indie Gold

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Hell or High Water" (opening Aug. 12 in select San Diego theaters) looks to a pair of Texas brothers on a crime spree. But it’s about a lot more than bank robbers on the run.

Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice' Looks At Improv Comedy

Aug. 11
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Kris Arciaga

The comedian's new film serves up a bit of a history lesson about improv and lays out some rules. It begins a two-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday.

Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

Screwball Classic 'The Lady Eve' Screens At MOPA

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

The Preston Sturges classic screwball comedy "The Lady Eve" screens Friday at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Special guest Jamy Ian Swiss will be on hand to offer close-up magic as well as to discuss the art of the con.

New Nonprofit Group Wants To Revitalize Starlight Bowl In Balboa Park

New Nonprofit Group Wants To Revitalize Starlight Bowl In Balboa Park

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

The Starlight Bowl was home for more than half a century to San Diego Civic Light Opera, later known as Starlight Musical Theatre. But in 2012 that organization folded and the venue fell into disrepair. Now there's a community initiative to bring back the Starlight Bowl.

Podcast Episode 85: Mike Birbiglia On Comedy, Improv And Trust

Podcast Episode 85: Mike Birbiglia On Comedy, Improv And Trust

Aug. 6
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Kris Arciaga

Mike Birbiglia's new film "Don't Think Twice" (expanding to more cities on Aug. 12) looks to an improv group experiencing some growing pains.

San Diego Opera's 'Listening Tour' Asked What Opera Means To People

San Diego Opera's 'Listening Tour' Asked What Opera Means To People

Aug. 5
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett has been on a "listening tour" to find out what San Diegans think about opera. Here are the results.

Fourth Annual America's Finest Film Fest Returns Aug. 6

Fourth Annual America's Finest Film Fest Returns Aug. 6

Aug. 4
By Beth Accomando

The fourth annual America’s Finest Film Fest will showcase 20 short films made in San Diego about San Diego. The one-day festival also showcases handmade goods, food and drink.

San Diego Opera's David Bennett Enters Second Year As General Director

San Diego Opera's David Bennett Enters Second Year As General Director

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Opera has survived some tumultuous times but as David Bennett enters his second year as general director the future of opera in San Diego looks strong.

‘Can We Take A Joke?’ Looks To A Comedian’s Right To Offend

‘Can We Take A Joke?’ Looks To A Comedian’s Right To Offend

July 29
By Beth Accomando

Could comedians be at the forefront of a battle against a new assault on free speech? A documentary focuses on comedians and the “outrage mobs” that attempt to control their speech.

Roger Corman's 'Wasp Woman' Screens With Live Science Commentary

Roger Corman's 'Wasp Woman' Screens With Live Science Commentary

July 28
By Beth Accomando

This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after five with extended hours at participating museums, including theNAT. On Friday, curator of entomology and pop culture fanatic Dr. Michael Wall will screen Roger Corman's 1959 B-movie "Wasp Woman" and provide commentary.

Sob, Sob, Another Comic-Con Come And Gone

Sob, Sob, Another Comic-Con Come And Gone

July 25
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con 2016 wrapped Sunday night. During the four-day celebration of all things pop culture, there were hundreds of hours of programming, a film festival and the handing out of the Eisner Awards. Now it's back to the daily grind.

A Pair Of Geeky Fringe Festival Musicals Get Restaged During Comic-Con

A Pair Of Geeky Fringe Festival Musicals Get Restaged During Comic-Con

July 19
By Beth Accomando

A long time ago in a galaxy known as MGM, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland used to rally a ragtag crew of neighborhood kids to put on a show. That spirit also fuels a youthful theater company called Turning Tydes, which serves up a pair of geeky, do-it-yourself musical mash-ups that will run during Comic-Con.

Podcast Episode 84: Turning Tydes Serves Up Geeky Musical Mash-Ups

Podcast Episode 84: Turning Tydes Serves Up Geeky Musical Mash-Ups

July 15
By Beth Accomando

If Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were geeks, they would be putting on a "Hobbits" version of "Les Mis" or a "Star Wars" take on "The Phantom of the Opera." That's what Turning Tydes is doing at Comic-Con.

'The Infiltrator' Serves Up Solid Real Life Procedural Thriller

'The Infiltrator' Serves Up Solid Real Life Procedural Thriller

July 15
By Beth Accomando

If you want to support women in film this weekend don't see the all-female "Ghostbusters" that just regurgitates an old all-male film but with women and instead see “The Infiltrator,” featuring a male lead in Bryan Cranston but scripted by a woman, Ellen Sue Brown, and serving up female roles that go beyond stereotypes.

Comic-Con Celebrates 47 Years In San Diego

Comic-Con Celebrates 47 Years In San Diego

July 14
By Beth Accomando

The first Comic-Con, held in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel, drew about 300 people. Now it has almost 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and attracts more than 130,000 attendees.

New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

New Exhibit Traces The History Of Political Cartoons

June 23
By Beth Accomando, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Party Lines: The History, Art and Politics of Editorial Cartoons” opens Thursday at San Diego State University's downtown gallery. It features more than 120 political cartoons, including works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Cinema Junkie’s Top 10 Baseball Movies

Cinema Junkie’s Top 10 Baseball Movies

July 8
By Beth Accomando

As San Diego gets ready to host the All-Star Game on Tuesday, KPBS film critic Beth Accomando — aka the "Cinema Junkie" — gives us 10 baseball movies worth watching.

Summer Movies: When Nothing New Looks Good, Return To A Classic

Summer Movies: When Nothing New Looks Good, Return To A Classic

July 7
By Beth Accomando

Looking for other options in this season of sequels and remakes no one asked for? Classics by Alfred Hitchcock and Errol Flynn are coming to a big screen near you.

'Attack the Block' Serves Up John Boyega's Film Debut

'Attack the Block' Serves Up John Boyega's Film Debut

July 7
By Beth Accomando

"Attack the Block" (screening Saturday at midnight at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is getting a second lease on theatrical life thanks to the fact that its teenage star John Boyega just catapulted to stardom last year with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Podcast Episode 83: Celebrating 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood'

Podcast Episode 83: Celebrating 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood'

July 7
By Beth Accomando

Olivia de Havilland, the loveliest of all Maid Marians, turns 100 years old this month and that's reason enough to screen "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and celebrate this 1938 Technicolor classic.

Old Globe's 'Macbeth' Is Bloody, Bold, Resolute

Old Globe's 'Macbeth' Is Bloody, Bold, Resolute

June 29
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

The Shakespearean tragedy might not have existed if it weren't for the First Folio. So it's fitting that the Old Globe is offering a bold new production of "Macbeth" while a copy of the book is in San Diego during its national tour.

San Diego International Fringe Wraps Up With Awards Show

San Diego International Fringe Wraps Up With Awards Show

July 4
By Beth Accomando

This year’s San Diego Fringe boasted more than a hundred artists from 10 different countries and the diversity of their work was reflected in the awards handed out Sunday night.

Survival Guide To San Diego International Fringe

Survival Guide To San Diego International Fringe

June 23
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival serves up 11 days of what it calls “eyeball bursting shows” Thursday night through July 3.

'Swiss Army Man' Makes The Absurd Sweetly Endearing

'Swiss Army Man' Makes The Absurd Sweetly Endearing

July 1
By Beth Accomando

The movie “Swiss Army Man” (opening in select San Diego area theaters on July 1) provoked walkouts when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Those people missed out on one of the year's most highly original films.

Podcast Episode 82: Paying Homage To Josephine Baker

Podcast Episode 82: Paying Homage To Josephine Baker

June 29
By Beth Accomando

Since she was 17 years old, Tymisha Harris has idolized legendary dancer, singer and activist Josephine Baker. Now she pays tribute to the first international black superstar in a one-woman show called "Josephine" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

'The Neon Demon' Serves Up A Cinematic Seduction

'The Neon Demon' Serves Up A Cinematic Seduction

June 24
By Beth Accomando

The film, which opens June 24 at select San Diego area theaters, was booed at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. That puts it in good company with “Taxi Driver” and “Pulp Fiction.”

Podcast Episode 81: Hail To The King, Bruce Campbell

Podcast Episode 81: Hail To The King, Bruce Campbell

June 22
By Beth Accomando

June 22 is Bruce Campbell's birthday. That's cause for celebration and I am calling this podcast Hail to the King, Bruce Campbell in his honor.