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Sugar it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
To celebrate the release of their new album, All on a Sunday Afternoon, Oklahoma City’s “kindie-rock” duo, the Sugar Free Allstars, embarks on another super-sweet library tour. Catch their free family concerts at 10:30 a.m. today at Wright Library, 1300 S. Penn; 2 p.m. today, Warr Acres Public Library, 5901 N.W. 63rd; 2 p.m. Thursday at The Village Library, 10307 N. Penn; 7 p.m. Thursday at Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa; and 10:30 a.m. Friday at Harrah Library, 19625 N.E. 23rd in Harrah. Visit metrolibrary.org.

Wednesday-Friday

Hey! Read This:
Oklahoma "kindie rock" bands feature

 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Flattered glass

Make a break for 'Fusion: A New Century of Glass,' but don’t you dare touch.


Visual Arts

Susannah Waite
Fusion: A New Century of Glass
opening Thursday, through Sept. 9
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$10-$12
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hysteria

What’s all the buzz with ‘Hysteria’? It’s a genial comedy about a gynecological breakthrough.


Drama

Rod Lott
Hysteria is the feel-good movie of the summer — not for any feelings invoked in its audience, but because it’s a romantic comedy about the birth of the vibrator.
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Aw, Swell

Not too punky, not too poppy, The Swellers know one thing: If they weren’t any good, they wouldn’t be celebrating their first decade.


Music

Joshua Boydston
The Swellers with And So It Goes, Just Marco and The Next Wave
6 p.m. Friday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$8-$10
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hey, Mon!

Emerging amid a thriving local hip-hop scene is Damon Johnson, aka Mon. When an injury forced him from football, he turned to rap.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Pairadime Music Summer Showcase
9 p.m. Friday
Kamp’s Deli & XIII X Lounge
1310 N.W. 25th
kampsok.com
819-6004
$10
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ellis county

Bricktown is sure to sound saucier with ace guitarist Tinsley Ellis headlining its annual Blues & BBQ Festival.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Bricktown Blues & BBQ Festival
Friday-Saturday
Sheridan and Oklahoma avenues, Bricktown
bricktownokc.com
236-4143
free
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Bag of Hammers

Comes close to nailing it.


Drama

Rod Lott
Its plot may stretch the boundaries of believability, but damn it, feature-debuting director Brian Crano nails the alternately comedic and dramatic tone of the appealing A Bag of Hammers.
 
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Free (and almost free) kiddie movies alert!

And here's the Smurf-tastic schedule.

If you can tear your kids away from playing Minecraft this summer, take them to free movies at the Dickinson Penn Square 10 in Penn Square Mall, 1901 Northwest Expressway.

There’s a new flick — again: free! — showing Tuesday through Thursday each week, now until August rolls around. Here’s the schedule:
• June 19-21: The Pagemaster
• June 26-28: Puss in Boots
• July 3-5: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
• July 10-12: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
• July 17-19: Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
• July 24-26: Happy Feet Two
• July 31-Aug. 2: Babe

For more information, call 848-2202.

Meanwhile, over at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno, the returning Summer Movie Fun program offers $2 individual tickets, or season passes for $5. There’s a new title each week, screening at 9:45 a.m. weekdays.

What’s on tap? Glad you asked:
• through June 15: Horton Hears a Who!
• June 18-22: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
• June 25-29: Rio
• July 2-6: Kung Fu Panda 2
• July 9-13: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
• July 16-20: Puss in Boots
• July 23-27: The Smurfs
• July 30-Aug. 3: Arthur Christmas
• Aug. 6-10: Hotel for Dogs

For more information, call 231-4747 or visit harkinstheatres.com/smf. —Rod Lott

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins Blu-ray review 
The Smurfs Blu-ray review   



by Rod Lott 06.14.2012 2 years ago
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monsterbrawl

R&R with Jesse Thomas Cook

Talking with the mastermind behind ‘Monster Brawl,’ the movies’ ultimate fight of the living dead.

No apologies necessary if you don’t recognize the name of Jesse Thomas Cook. Just know that the Canadian filmmaker is to the new film Monster Brawl what Vince McMahon is to the WWE: its supreme leader. The wrestling analogy is apropos, given that the writer/director’s movie is, as the title promises, all about creatures battling it out in the ring.

R&R:
From watching the movie, it's obvious you love wrestling and monsters, but what about comic books? Because I got a definite comic-book vibe from it.

Cook:
Yeah, I mean there is that feel to it. I wasn't a huge comic book fan, but a lot of the people involved in the movie were, especially Jason Brown, who designed all of the monsters and the sets.

R&R:
Being structured as a wrestling match, Monster Brawl is not traditional storytelling. And you’re catching flak for that from some reviewers. Did you expect that going in?

Cook:
It exists outside of a traditional movie structure, for sure. It's more of a pay-per-view event and tournament-style movie. That's why we put in the backstories, that let us cut away here and there to get a glimpse of each monster.

R&R:
Was DVD your ultimate goal from the start, or did you have visions of a huge theatrical release?

Cook:
We knew going in this would be probably more of a VOD and DVD and Blu-ray. It's really hard to do theatrical nowadays as an indie film. No, we didn't have huge ambitions for that. We had a limited theatrical release in Canada and thought it would play well at midnight screenings, and it has.

R&R: I was surprised at how kid-friendly it actually is. Other than the character being named Witch Bitch and some minor gore, I could let my 7-year-old watch this. And believe me, he really wanted to, but since I hadn’t yet seen it, I couldn’t find any info online at how appropriate it was.

Cook:
We wanted to make it accessible to everyone, even people who weren't huge fans of wrestling and monsters. We just wanted to make a fun movie.

R&R:
And you may be too close to it to answer this, but are you pleased with it?

Cook:
Absolutely, looking back a year or two after, we could've done things here and there, but with the money with had and such a small crew, I think we pulled off something really special. The budget wasn't much more than a documentary film would have. If there were ever a sequel, it'd be nice to have a bigger budget, but that's something down the road.

R&R:
How possible is that?

Cook:
I think it's very possible. There's been talks of a remake. We've had discussions about that with a few companies. If that weren't to happen, we'd definitely explore trying to do a sequel or turning it into some kind of franchise.

R&R:
If you do have a sequel, what monsters might be in it? Or were they any you had to cut that you’d want to bring into another one?

Cook:
We definitely wanted to do a yeti and a sasquatch as a tag team. We wanted to do a Royal Rumble with some zombies against some trolls. We had a list, but logistically and practically, some we could not afford to do with our special-effects budget, so the monsters we did select, we wanted to appease fans of the classic monsters and toss in a couple of ones that would kind of mimic wrestling archetypes.

Like, Swamp Gut is the essential obese wrestler, like King Kong Bundy. Witch Bitch, we wanted to have a couple of female wrestlers in there. We had a list of several mythological monsters, but Cyclops is the only one off that list we chose. But yeah, there's a long list of possibilities. And obviously, in a sequel, you could bring monsters back to life. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:

Monster Brawl Blu-ray review  


by Rod Lott 06.15.2012 2 years ago
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Don't Go in the Woods

Don’t go near the directorial debut of Vincent D’Onofrio.


Horror

Rod Lott
New to DVD, 2010’s Don't Go in the Woods is not to be confused with 1981’s Don't Go in the Woods. That one was a cheap slasher movie; this one is a cheap slasher movie in which characters wonder what John Fogerty and the Donner party have in common, and then sing songs.
 
Thursday, June 14, 2012
 
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