And you need not take a road trip or forego showering.
Attention, Grateful Dead fans! Yes, you, with the VW van and the closet full of bootleg tapes!
Just a few hours from now — 7 p.m. to be exact — Jerry Garcia’s would-be 70th birthday will be recognized at two local theaters with a rare screening of the 1977 concert film The Grateful Dead Movie. This one-night-only event will be shown at Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 N. Martin Luther King, and the Hollywood Spotlight 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman.
Being a presentation of Fathom Events, there’s more to it than just the flick of the classic rock band at work. Bob Weir and other surprise guests join for a “special birthday commemoration” for Garcia, who died in 1995.
A few years ago, L.A.-based writer/director/actor Blayne Weaver had a big win with his rom-com Weather Girl at Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival. The reception was so warm that he wants to bring his newest movie, 6 Month Rule, to our fine town.
Specifically, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 to AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, 2501 W. Memorial. Here’s the hitch: At the time of this writing, 28 more tickets need to be sold before that one-time screening — complete with a Q-and-A with Weaver — can be concrete. You can reserve your tickets now at tugg.com — despite the name, I swear it’s not a porn site.
So what’s 6 Month Rule about? Here’s the official synopsis:
“6 Month Rule is a romantic, charming, and poignant look at relationships, seen from the eyes of Tyler (Weaver), who lives by a philosophy that allows him to avoid making any significant connections with women. He frequently boasts that he can get over any woman in 6 months or less, but this is mostly due to his fear of emotional attachment. His best friend (Martin Starr) has just become Tyler’s main project, as he tries to teach his buddy all about the joys of cold-hearted bachelorhood. However, when he keeps bumping into a fascinating woman (Natalie Morales), he discovers that no philosophy is set in stone. Julian (Patrick J. Adams) is the hipster rock star that Tyler’s character must defeat in order to win the girl.”
Readers may know Morales from her recent stint on Parks and Recreation as Tom Haverford’s girlfriend. Starr was on two hilarious TV series: Party Down and Freaks and Greeks. Also in the cast are Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall), John Michael Higgins (Bad Teacher) and Vanessa Branch (the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).
In other words, a lotta talent for a little movie, so Tugg it. Wait, that didn’t sound right. —Rod Lott
Presented almost without comment, it’s the trailer to Kevin Durant’s first film, Kazaam Thunderstruck. The family film starring Oklahoma City’s new favorite son was shot primarily in, um, Baton Rouge, La.?!?
At least the trailer does explain why we didn’t win the national title. Who knew?
To borrow an old joke from SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment, Thunderstruck hits theaters Aug. 24, and home video on Aug. 25. —Rod Lott
Featuring five shows worth the purchase ... and two that aren't.
Television series Rod Lott
I don’t watch a ton of TV shows while they’re airing. With a few
exceptions, I wait for the DVD and/or Blu-ray sets so I can go on
marathons — the only kind of marathons in which I’ll ever participate.
Here are capsule reviews of seven such recent tubular trips.
If there’s a better action film this year, ‘The Raid’ will kick its ass into nonexistence.
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Fans of pure action cinema are apt to grow delirious with glee over The Raid: Redemption,
an Indonesian crime thriller that relies so much upon the universal
language of violence, one could enjoy it without subtitles.
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I'd say Peter Gabriel has aged wonderfully, judging from the concert film Secret World,
but the performance is nearly two decades old, from 1993. Although far
removed from his heyday as an MTV idol — the venue looks as if its
audience were lifted from a BMW dealership super-sale — he still sounded
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MGM's marketing campaign for 1972's Cool Breeze played up — if not centered around — a connection to Shaft.
That connection? Both were blaxploitation films released by MGM. I
guess audiences thought that wasn't enough of a lure, because Breeze is an obscure entry in the genre, just now seeing the light of DVD, courtesy of the Warner Archive archivists.
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is not your ordinary, average hit-man thriller — it’s an excellent one.
The UK film skirts into areas of horror before plunging in at the end,
but maintaining an uncompromising level of excellence throughout. It's a
strong candidate for that year-end best list. That said, its subject
matter will prove to be too much for most to take.
Six bona fide movie classics are headed back to Cinemark Tinseltown.
One of my 10 favorite movies of all time, space and dimension, Jaws, is not only debuting on Blu-ray on Tuesday, but soon will re-surface on the big screen at Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 Martin Luther King.
The supreme shark flick to end all shark flicks kicks off the Cinemark Fall Classic Series, which features digitally restored prints of half a dozen classic films, Oscar winners all. Each will play for one Thursday only, with showings at 2 and 7 p.m. Here’s the schedule:
• Jaws (1975), Aug. 23 • High Noon (1952), Aug. 30 • Doctor Zhivago (1965), Sept. 6 • Chinatown (1974), Sept. 13 • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Sept. 20 • The African Queen (1951), Sept. 27
Tickets are just $4-$6, and on sale now at cinemark.com. —Rod Lott
Sci-Fi Rod Lott
My opinion means absolutely squat on The Hunger Games,
a massive hit on a global scale. Even those who didn't see it in
theaters will want to out of curiosity's sake, like I did, just to see what
all the fuss is about. I completely understand.