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Cinema Junkie Podcast 205: Halloween Double Dare

Oct. 31
By Beth Accomando

When writer, choreographer and fellow horror fan Michael Mizerany asked me if I'd like to record a pair of original horror plays he'd written, I said absolutely.

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Jack London's 'Martin Eden' Gets An Italian Film Adaptation

Oct. 16
By Beth Accomando

Jack London’s 1909 semi-autobiographical novel "Martin Eden" inspires a new Italian film that starts streaming Friday through Kino Lorber and Digital Gym Cinema.

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Bodhi Tree Concerts Stages Online Encore Of '8 Songs For A Mad King' On Friday

Oct. 29
By Beth Accomando

In 2017 Bodhi Tree Concerts performed "Eight Songs for a Mad King" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival. The Mad King of the title was meant to be George III but in its production he bore a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. Now Bodhi Tree Concerts offers a single, virtual encore performance of the show this Friday at 6 p.m.

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San Diego Opera Stages Drive-In 'La Bohème' This Weekend

Oct. 15
By Beth Accomando

Live opera is back but with a twist. San Diego Opera will be staging "La Bohème" in the parking lot of Pechanga Arena San Diego next week. Here's what you can expect.

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What The Rise Of Fascism In 1930s Italy Can Teach Us Today

Oct. 22
By Beth Accomando

CSUSM history professor wrote an article in 2016 titled "Donald Trump Is No Mussolini But Liberal Democracy Could Still Be In Danger." Now, as Trump is up for re-election, she revisits the potential threats she sees to democracy.

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San Diego Asian Film Festival Innovates With VOD, Twitch, Drive-In

Oct. 20
By Beth Accomando

Pacific Arts Movement, or Pac-Arts, had to cancel its Spring Showcase earlier this year because of COVID-19. But Friday it kicks off its annual San Diego Asian Film Festival with a mix of online and outdoor events.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 204: Fascism Through The Lens Of Italian Cinema

Oct. 16
By Beth Accomando

The writer-philosopher George Santayana is credited with the phrase: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Cinema Junkie takes a look at Italian films that explore the history of fascism in Italy in the 1930s and '40s in order to see if there are any lessons to be learned.

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Welcome To The Blumhouse Anthology Film Series Launches Online And In Theaters

Oct. 10
By Beth Accomando

Welcome to the Blumhouse is an anthology series from Blumhouse Productions offering feature length films in theaters as well as online. The first two offerings are "Black Box" and "The Lie."

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New Documentary 'Time' Argues For More Just, Compassionate Future

Oct. 9
By Beth Accomando

Garrett Bradley's documentary "Time" (now playing at newly reopened Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) looks to one woman’s fight for the release of her husband who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison.

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San Diego Filmmaker Gets World Premiere At Screamfest LA

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando

Screamfest LA kicks off a season of horror-themed film festivals Tuesday night. San Diego Filmmaker Pia Thrasher will see her short vampire comedy "Things We Dig" have its world premiere on Oct. 13 at the festival's COVID-safe drive-in venue.

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Real Life Protests Fuel 'The Glorias' And 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7'

Oct. 3
By Beth Accomando

Julie Taymor tackles Gloria Steinem's life in "The Glorias" and Aaron Sorkin looks to the legal fallout from protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

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'Possessor Uncut' Combines Cerebral Sci-Fi, Visceral Horror

Oct. 2
By Beth Accomando

Brandon Cronenberg is the son of Canadian director David Cronenberg, the man who gave us "Videodrome" and "The Fly" remake. You can definitely see the family resemblance in Brandon’s sophomore feature “Possessor Uncut”

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Shares An Activist Perspective

Sept. 30
By Beth Accomando

San Diego Italian Film Festival will spread out this year's festival across the month of October with films and discussions every week.

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GI Film Festival Goes Online Thursday, Friday

Sept. 29
By Beth Accomando

Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego showcases films by, for and about military service members and veterans. It launches its Virtual Film Showcase this Thursday and Friday featuring six documentaries about military experiences.

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Streaming Options Go From The Ridiculous To The Sublime

Sept. 25
By Beth Accomando

With cinemas slowly opening but lacking much exciting fare to draw people out of quarantine, streaming services still offer some of the best — and some of the worst — movie options.

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'Native Son' Newly Restored, Uncensored Now Streaming

Sept. 25
By Beth Accomando

Richard Wright’s book "Native Son" was published in 1940 and made into a film in 1951. Now you have the opportunity to see the fully restored and uncensored film of "Native Son" through Kino Marquee.

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'Society Of Wonder' Uses Puppetry To Deliver Social Commentary

Sept. 23
By Beth Accomando

"The Society of Wonder" suggests that every backyard contains a secret portal to an underground kingdom of inspiration and hope. The six-part series of videos from Animal Cracker Conspiracy just premiered online as the latest entry in La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls, or Digital Wow Festival.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 203: SDLFF Pushing The Envelope

Sept. 18
By Beth Accomando

It's easy to program crowd pleasing films but the San Diego Latino Film Festival dares to ask audiences to step out of their comfort zone.

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SD Rep Turns 'A Weekend With Pablo Picasso' Into A Film

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando

Since the age of 7, Herbert Siguenza has been obsessed with artist Pablo Picasso. Now, because the pandemic has forced The San Diego REP to present its plays online, Siguenza has had the opportunity to turn his play "A Weekend With Pablo Picasso" into a film.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival Kicks Off Virtual Edition

Sept. 17
By Beth Accomando

This year’s San Diego Latino Film Festival was set to launch on March 12, but the festival had to cancel on its opening day due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the festival relaunches today with 140 films online.

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California Center For The Arts Escondido Finds New Home For Drive-In Series

Aug. 18
By Beth Accomando

As cinemas remain closed because of COVID-19, arts organizations and businesses are trying to find new options for events. The answer for California Center for the Arts, Escondido was to create a drive-in but its initial Westfield North County Mall location had to be scrapped unexpected over Labor Day weekend and now a new location at California State University, San Marcos has been arranged.

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'All In' Documentary Examines Voter Suppression

Sept. 15
By Beth Accomando

“All In: The Fight For Democracy” is a new documentary that looks at the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and current activism to fight against it.

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Comic-Con Museum Reveals What Its Building Will Look Like

Sept. 10
By Beth Accomando

Balboa Park’s South Palisades is undergoing a lot of changes and the Comic-Con Museum hopes to be a big part of that. At a press conference Thursday morning they revealed what the renovated building will look like.

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Dickens' 'David Copperfield' Comes To Vivid Life In New Film

Sept. 10
By Beth Accomando

Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” published in 1850, has a lively new film adaptation currently playing in theaters.

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'Portaleza' Reimagines What An Online Experience Can Be

Sept. 9
By Beth Accomando

La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW, or Without Walls, Festival was forced online by COVID-19. But as a site-specific event, the restrictions of quarantine have simply become a creative challenge. The latest Digital WOW work to debut is "Portaleza" and displays an innovative approach to creating a virtual experience.

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San Diego Film Office Reopens With New Guidelines, Tools For Shooting In A Pandemic

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando

COVID-19 shut down the film industry but now the city of San Diego's film office is back open with new guidelines for working in the pandemic and with new tools for anyone who wants to shoot here.

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Movie Theaters Reading, AMC, Regal, The Lot Reopen

Sept. 5
By Beth Accomando

Indoor movie theaters are reopening at reduced capacity and with new safety guidelines. But Reading Grossmont Cinemas hopes that screening Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" on 70mm will lure cinephiles out of quarantine to its venue.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 202: The Role Of Horror In A Scary World

Sept. 2
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival's Miguel Rodriguez discusses the role of horror in a scary world.

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New Documentary States Its Case For Trump Being A Malignant Narcissist In '#Unfit'

Sept. 2
By Beth Accomando

"#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump" just became available on demand. The new documentary wants audiences to consider the mental health of President Trump before they mark their ballots in the November election.

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Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Streams Through Monday

Sept. 1
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival kicks off its online event Tuesday night with the double feature of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" from 1962 as well as its remake from this year. The festival is dedicated to horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genre films.

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Werner Herzog Pays Tribute To Kindred Spirit In 'Nomad'

Aug. 28
By Beth Accomando

Werner Herzog has a new documentary called "Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin." It's another fine entry in Herzog’s growing collection of non-fiction work.

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Derby United Headquarters Pivots In Pandemic

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando

Back in March Derby United Headquarters opened its outdoor, two-rink facility for roller derby bouts. The coronavirus pandemic soon forced it to close. But the organization has turned their skates in a new direction in order to reopen.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 201: Troma Entertainment 'Disrupting Media For 45 Years'

Aug. 22
By Beth Accomando

WARNING! This Cinema Junkie Podcast contains potentially offensive content because it is devoted to Troma Entertainment and its founder Lloyd Kaufman. So consider not listening.

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'Desert One' Documentary Revisits 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple won Oscars for the intimate documentaries about striking workers, "Harlan County, USA" and "American Dream." Now she looks to a story that has a more global scope.

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'Songs Of Suffrage' Celebrates 19th Amendment

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando

Bodhi Tree Concerts presents "Songs of Suffrage" (Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5:00 p.m.), a concert to mark the centennial of the passing of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote ... though not guaranteeing the ability to vote.

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'Sputnik' Gives Russian Spin To 'Alien'

Aug. 14
By Beth Accomando

The new Russian film "Sputnik," which starts streaming today, is not about the Soviet’s launch of the first artificial satellite but it is about space.

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Oceanside International Film Festival Goes Digital

Aug. 13
By Beth Accomando

Oceanside International Film Festival had big plans for its 10th anniversary but those had to to be scrapped as COVID-19 forced the event to go online.

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Tune In To Tiki Oasis TV, The Virtual Weekender

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando

Since Tiki Oasis can’t hold its in-person event, it’s hosting a full virtual weekender to help you escape quarantine.

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COVID And The Brain: 'You Should Be Afraid'

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando

Horror explores themes relating to the brain be it about disembodied brains on a rampage or how someone can control your mind or what happens to your gray matter when you're zombified. Now COVID-19 is serving up real horrors about how it can affect the brain. UC San Diego Health neurointensivist Dr. Navaz Karanjia explains what the dangers are.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 200! How COVID Is Ruining The Zombie Apocalypse

Aug. 7
By Beth Accomando

The Doctor of the Dead, Arnold T. Blumberg, assesses the health of the zombie genre amidst the coronavirus as Cinema Junkie celebrates Episode 200.

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'Song Without A Name' Inspired By Real Child Trafficking In Peru

Aug. 7
By Beth Accomando

Melinda León’s debut feature "Song Without a Name" is inspired by a child trafficking case uncovered by her journalist father Ismael, to whom she dedicates the film.

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Zombies Vs. Coronavirus: Which Pandemic Do You Prefer?

July 31
By Beth Accomando

As people cope with a real global pandemic, zombie films are reanimating to offer catharsis to some and increased anxiety to others.

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Online Art Show, Conversation With Arab American Artists

July 29
By Beth Accomando

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is hosting an online art show and conversation about Arab American contemporary art Thursday at noon. Doris Bittar is one of the artists featured.

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Eisner Awards Plus Comic-Con@Home Continues To Live Online

July 27
By Beth Accomando

The first ever Comic-Con online came to an official close Sunday night. But you can keep the Comic-Con@Home experience going for as long as you’d like.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast 199: Aim For The Head — Max Brooks, Zombies And COVID

July 24
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con@Home featured a panel with author Max Brooks as well as scientists, academics and doctors talking about Zombies and Coronavirus: Planning for the Next Big Outbreak. Cinema Junkie Podcast speaks with Brooks about pop culture, real pandemics and Bigfoot.

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Comic-Con@Home: So It Begins

July 23
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con International kicked off Wednesday night. But there were no people lined up ready to storm the San Diego Convention Center for exclusives and no badges needed to participate. The coronavirus pandemic forced the pop culture convention to move more than 300 hours of programming online.

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Build A Cardboard Superhero This Weekend With Comic-Con@Home

July 22
By Beth Accomando

Connor Lee inherited a stockpile of cardboard boxes from his grandfather. Now he and his brother, Bauer, have created a garage full of cardboard superheroes and movie props. The L.A. teens will be hosting a Comic-Con@Home virtual panel Sunday at noon about how to build life-size models of your favorite superheroes.

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Pop-Culture Phenomenon Goes Digital With Comic-Con@Home

July 17
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con@Home begins on Wednesday and runs through July 26. Here's a preview.

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Quarantine Boredom Leads To Creative Bonus Episode Of 'Mythic Quest'

July 14
By Beth Accomando

As people learn to cope with working from home, the creative team behind Apple TV’s “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” decided to tap their creativity to challenge the limits of lockdown.

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Comic-Con@Home Launches Next Week

July 13
By Beth Accomando

For the first time in 50 years, Comic-Con International has had to cancel its physical show and will be placing it pop culture convention online.

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