Film

A breakdown of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture

… And They’re Off! “Welcome to the Academy Awards, or whatever! Glad you could make it! Oh, wait—you’re not white? Sorry, you can’t come in.” And with that sentiment, the Oscars have once again marooned themselves on a desert island in some sort of backwards and perverted form of self-flagellation….

What Does Chelsea Do?

Chelsea Does … Rated TV-MA {4 out of 5 stars} My first introduction to Chelsea Handler was her essay collection unapologetically titled My Horizontal Life. I remember thinking something along the lines of, “A woman is being blatant about her wackiest one-night-stands? Some of them with well-endowed midgets? And she…

Free Screening of He Named Me Malala at Sac State • Jan. 28, 2016

Not even the Taliban could bring down Malala Yousafzai! This incredible young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was famously shot by Taliban gunmen in October 2012, when she was just 14 years old, after speaking out for many years about equal rights and education for girls all…

Noir Nights Film Festival at Crest Theatre • Jan. 15–16, 2016

Crest Theatre co-owner Yulya Borroum has fiercely devoted herself to keeping much of the venue’s original vibe and aesthetic while keeping a varied calendar. From live music events to guest speakers, comedy gatherings to one-off screenings of older film favorites, it would seem everyone’s favorite K Street destination is doing…

Some of the Best Films We Saw in 2015 (and One that We Didn’t)

The Year in Cinema Transexual Cinderellas, stampeding dogs in the streets of Budapest, a heroic sheep … There was much more to cinema in 2015 than the glorious return of Star Wars (even though that was pretty awesome, too). Here are a few films that you might have missed, or…

Force Frenzy

It’s almost upon us. Are you ready? NO! Not the Holidays … I’m talking about Star Wars. Dec. 17, 2015 will be the inaugural Nerdmas when The Force Awakens opens a new chapter in fantasy filmmaking’s most lucrative franchise. I’m doing my best to stay away from spoilers, but I…

Local Auteurs Behind Trash Film Orgy to Debut Badass Monster Killer on IMAX

Big-Screen Badass! Dec. 3, 2015, will be something of a milestone for trash fans; in the midst of giant international blockbusters, a locally produced grindhouse film will make its debut on the three-story Esquire IMAX screen in Downtown Sacramento. Promising a decidedly different “epic” experience, Badass Monster Killer is the…