Thursday, July 10, 2008

5 things to do: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 3:45 AM

The Swear

1) The Swear performs at Andrews Upstairs.

2) Reflections of Culture continues at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

3) Alison Krauss and Robert Plant perform a sold-out show at Chastain Park Amphitheater.

4) Natalie Chanin discusses and signs Alabama Stitch Book at Whitespace Gallery.

5) Langhorne Slim & the War Eagles perform at the Earl.

(Photo Elizabeth Elkins)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

This week's notable DVD releases

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 9:42 PM

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - Best of Ricky and Dave

American Zombie — A warm documentary look at the unlife of the contemporary zombie.

Batman: Gotham Knight

I Dream of Jeannie the Complete Fifth Season

Jet Li's Fearless

Journey to the Center of the Earth — The made-for-TV movie, as a companion to

the made-for-movie-theater movie, out on Friday.

Left Behind — All four movies based on the Left Behind book series in one overpriced collection.

Monk/Psych Two-Pack — Both USA series had DVD sets come out yesterday, but when one oddball detective just isn't enough...

The Mummy Two-disc deluxe edition

The Ruins

Stargate Atlantis Season Four


Superhero Movie

Wire in the Blood The Complete Fifth Season


X-Files Revelations — Eight episodes of "essential viewing," in anticipation of The X-Files: I Want to Believe, opening later this summer.

And new and notable on Blu-Ray:

Batman Begins

Drillbit Taylor

The Spiderwick Chronicles

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Hellboy's Mike Mignola and his "Amazing Head"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Hellboy II: The Golden Army opens this weekend, and the film's dark visual splendors affirm that director Guillermo del Toro is one of the major visionary filmmakers of our time — even though some of its thematic and emotional content doesn't have the same punch as the first Hellboy. Del Toro is such an outlandishly stylish film fantasist that sometimes it's easy to overlook the contribution of Mike Mignola, the comic book artist/writer who created the Hellboy for Dark Horse Comics and works closely on the films. Mignola shares a writing credit with del Toro for Golden Army.

In the comics, Mignola's shadowy, Gothic-drenched artwork tends to be more stark and his dialogue more spare than their equivalent images in the Hellboy movies. There are two animated Hellboy films, but perhaps the best cartoon showcase for the tone and look of Mignola's work is "The Amazing Screw-On Head." This exceedingly odd 20-minute animated horror spoof features the voice of Paul Giamatti as a low-tech mechanical secret agent circa the Civil War called "The Screw-On Head." (Yes, other characters, like Abraham Lincoln, address him as "Screw-On Head.") David Hyde Pierce voices his arch-villain, the foppish ghoul Emperor Zombie. From Bryan Fuller, creator of "Pushing Daisies," the 2006 pilot film looks exactly like what you'd get if the creators of Adult Swim made a Halloween-themed version of "Wild Wild West." The introductory scheme perfectly captures Mignola's penchant for occult action scenes and demented whimsy:

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Speaking of Hellboy II, have you seen the viral videos of James Lipton interviewing Hellboy, as well as Hellboy's public service announcement? Funny.

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Dad's Garage forwards a peak at FWD

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Not long after its witty Youtube trailer for Song of the Living Dead, Dad's Garage Theatre presents a teaser trailer for the world premiere of its Top Shelf show, FWD. Mike Katinsky directs the madness-laced office satire written by Christian Danley and Randy Havens, which features two of my favorite performers in the Dad's circle, Matthew Myers and Alison Hastings. (Incidentally, I interviewed Havens for a story that will run next week.) If FWD lives up to the standard of other Top Shelf premieres such as Drove, it should be a must see. Plus, the new Top Shelf comedies tend to be short!

The teaser emulates old-fashioned corporate training films and is quite clever. The Dad's people seem to have a flair with the viral video form:

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Air Loaf

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Today’s Air Loaf features CL’s Chanté LaGon chatting with Curt Holman about Ben Hur playing at the Fox Theatre this Sun., July 13, and Journey to the Center of the Earth opening Fri., July 11 at multiple Atlanta theaters.

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.


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Free passes to The Rocker sneak preview!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 2:00 PM


MySpace. What's it done for you lately? (Besides helping you remember to close your bedroom window?) As a matter of fact, it's bringing Rainn Wilson's ("The Office") new movie, The Rocker, to Atlanta for a free sneak preview this Thurs., July 10, according to a press release we received yesterday afternoon.

The film follows Robert "Fish" Fishman (Wilson) as he tries to recapture his cock-rock glory days via his nephew's high school rock band, A.D.D.

MySpacers were allowed to vote throughout June on which U.S. cities deserved the screening. Atlanta made the cut along with Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Dallas and Kansas City. Here's the lowdown on how to get in for free:

To attend the screening, individuals need to visit MySpace and add the SONIC Red profile to their MySpace page. Print out the MySpace page with the SONIC Red profile on it, and bring it to the theatre. There are a limited number of seats available.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. this Thursday at the AMC North DeKalb Mall (2050 Lawrenceville Highway). The Rocker officially opens Wednesday, July 30.

(Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox)

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See & Do: Music: Vans Warped Tour

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 8:00 AM


With Bonnaroo more than three hours away and Music Midtown canceled for the past few years, Atlantans don't often get the chance to see large music festivals that feature multiple acts in one day. Well, all that changes Wed., JULY 9, when the VANS WARPED TOUR comes to town. The lineup includes Angels and Airwaves, Relient K, the Academy Is ..., the Pinker Tones, the Gym Class Heroes and Against Me! (right). $29.50. Noon. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-249-6400.

(Photo by Janette Beckman)

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5 things to do: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 3:45 AM

Dick Gregory

1) Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory speaks on Sen. Barack Obama, health and more at Shrine of the Black Madonna.

2) Soul Asylum and Gin Blossoms perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater.

3) CL hosts a raging party for Best of Atlanta 2008 at Star Bar.

4) Vans Warped Tour comes to Lakewood Amphitheatre.

5) Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts Summer Coffeehouse Series Open-Mic Poetry Reading with Kodac Harrison.

(Photo courtesy Dick Gregory)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How Eddie Murphy's Dave looks like Woody Allen

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 9:30 PM

I probably won't be able to see Eddie Murphy's Meet Dave this week, but the premise looks promising. Originally titled Starship Dave, the film presents Murphy in two roles. Dave, a seemingly ordinary man walking the streets of New York City, is in fact a starship built to exactly resemble a human being. Murphy also plays the ship's tiny captain, commanding a bridge of similarly diminutive aliens who control Dave's actions. Not surprisingly, "Dave" comes across as wildly eccentric, like Steve Martin's All of Me meets the hero of a wacky alien comedy such as "Mork & Mindy."

If the premise of a human being being "operated" from the inside by a band of controllers looks familiar, Woody Allen's already done it in his 1972 anthology comedy Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask). In the last and best chapter, "What happens during ejaculation?" Allen depicts the internal "crew" of an unseen man on a date that goes, uh extremely well. Tony Randall and Burt Reynolds lead the crew that controls the brain, blue collar-type workers in the stomach labor to digest the incoming meal ("Italian food? Jesus CHRIST!"), etc. Allen plays one of numerous sperm, preparing to be deployed like parachutists: "What if he's masturbating? We could end up on the ceiling!" You can watch it in its entirety on Youtube:

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Meet Dave opens this Friday, July 11.

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Atlanta Underground Film Festival schedule

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 7:05 PM


So it's that time of year again, when underground filmmakers take their work above ground. The fifth annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) is coming up Aug. 20-24, and organizers recently posted the schedule.

With 18 features and 14 shorts at five venues over five days, the AUFF promises to be film-tastic, and other bad puns denoting cinematic fun.

The festival kicks off Aug. 20 at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge with Greg Kohs' feature Song Sung Blue, a documentary about husband-and-wife Neil Diamond tribute artists Lightning & Thunder.

Other, uh, diamonds on the schedule include, among others, Dan Lamoureux's geeky hip-hop-umentary Nerdcore for Life and the 2008 Local Shorts showcase.

The AUFF all-access pass is only $35. That gets you into all of the screenings, parties and whatnot for less than a meal for two at Applebee's. For the schedule, a full list of films and locations or to purchase tickets, visit the AUFF website.

(Photo courtesy Waitwhat Productions)

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