31 May 2009

Louisville Exclusive Films - Village 8

Louisvillians seeking less mainstream/more artistic cinematic fare this summer should check out the Louisville Exclusive Films series at Village 8. The lineup so far is as follows:

5/22-6/4 Everlasting Moments
5/29-6/4 Lymelife
6/5-6/11 Sugar
6/12-6/18 Goodbye Solo
6/19-6/25 Hunger
6/26-7/2 Enlighten Up!
7/3-7/9 Tokyo Sonata

For more information, including show times and synposes, visit their webpage here.

Louisville Gay & Lesbian Film Series - Village 8 2009

Once more, Village 8 Theatres is hosting the annual Louisville Gay & Lesbian Film Series this summer. The lineup is as follows:

5 June through 11 June
Tru Loved (1:00, 5:20 and 9:35 daily)
Ciao (3:20 and 7:35 daily)

12 June through 18 June
Serbis (1:15, 5:25 and 9:45 daily)
Antarctica (3:10 and 7:20 daily)

19 June through 25 June
The Amazing Truth About Q (1:30, 5:30 and 9:55 daily)
I Can't Think Straight (3:20 and 7:20 daily)

26 June through 2 July
Sex Positive (1:30, 5:25 and 9:45 daily)
Breakfast with Scot (3:10 and 7:15 daily)

Learn more about this series by visiting the official online presence here.

Summer Movie Clubhouse - Cinemark Tinseltown Louisville 2009

Cinemark Tinseltown Louisville has announced its Summer Movie Clubhouse lineup for the summer. Their schedule is as follows:

6/2 & 6/3 Mr. Bean's Holiday
6/9 & 6/10 The Tale of Despereaux
6/16 & 6/17 VeggieTales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
6/23 & 6/24 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
6/30 & 7/1 Hotel for Dogs
7/7 & 7/8 Kung Fu Panda
7/14 & 7/15 Bee Movie
7/21 & 7/22 Space Chimps
7/28 & 7/29 Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!
8/4 & 8/5 Alvin and the Chipmunks

All movies start playing at 10:00 AM. Admission is $1.00 at the door, or you can prepay a $5.00 fee for admission to all ten features.

2009 Summer Children's Film Festival - Oldham 8

Every summer, the Great Escape Oldham 8 Theatre screens a movie for children free of charge. They have announced the following lineup for this summer, and it is as follows:

6/9 & 6/10 Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!
6/16 & 6/17 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
6/23 & 6/24 Kung Fu Panda
6/30 & 7/1 The Tale of Despereaux
7/7 & 7/8 Surf's Up
7/14 & 7/15 Hotel for Dogs
7/21 & 7/22 Charlotte's Web (2006)
7/28 & 7/29 Space Chimps

Doors open at 9:00 AM, and movies start at 9:30 AM. Seating is free, but limited.

06 May 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons...Become a Lemon Critic

Most of the Google Alerts I receive for "Crohn's" are about local area fundraisers and stock reports on pharmaceutical companies.  Every now and again, though, I find one that catches my interest, as does one from today.  Abigail is a ten year old Crohnie from Sacramento who has turned her dietary restrictions into the foundation for a career...as a food critic!  She maintains a blog here, and appears monthly on the local FOX News broadcast.  She says in her biography that she was inspired by watching Ratatouille during one of her many hospitalizations last year.  I personally found that encouraging, because my wife and I have used our Disney Movie Rewards points to donate 23 Disney DVD's to children's hospitals so far.  (You can read more about my support of that program here.)

Crohnies--especially recently diagnosed Crohnies--should not take her lacto-ovo-pesce-vegetarian diet as a Crohn's friendly eating guide.  There are no universally recognized dietary guidelines for Crohn's disease; what works for one may not work for another.  I, for instance, find dairy upsetting in large quantities and fear the scar tissue from fruits and vegetables struggling to force their way through my severely narrowed terminal ileum.

Still, while it is heartbreaking to read of any child burdened with medical issues, it is also warming to read of how this little girl has found something constructive in her misery.  Kudos to her, and I hope you'll follow the provided links to both her blog, and my report on Disney Movie Rewards's Hospital Care Program.

03 May 2009

Wizard: The 50 Best Comic Book Movies of All Time

Wizard, you may know, is pretty much the magazine when it comes to the world of comic books.  In fact, their current official title is Wizard: The Guide to Comics.  Yesterday, I managed to attend my first ever Free Comic Book Day and among my haul was a sampler-sized issue of Wizard that featured (among other things) this ranked list of their top 50 movies based on comic books.
  1. Iron Man
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. X-2: X-Men United
  4. Spider-Man 2
  5. Batman Begins
  6. 300
  7. Ghost World
  8. Sin City
  9. Superman II
  10. Persepolis
  11. Spider-Man
  12. A History of Violence
  13. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  14. X-Men
  15. Batman (1989)
  16. Superman: The Movie
  17. Hellboy
  18. The Incredible Hulk
  19. Wanted
  20. Road to Perdition
  21. Blade
  22. The Rocketeer
  23. The Crow
  24. American Splendor
  25. V for Vendetta
  26. Men in Black
  27. Akira
  28. Oldboy
  29. Heavy Metal
  30. Death Note
  31. Blade II
  32. The Mask
  33. 30 Days of Night
  34. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
  35. TMNT
  36. Batman Returns
  37. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  38. X-Men: The Last Stand
  39. Danger: Diabolik
  40. Mystery Men
  41. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  42. Spider-Man 3
  43. Ghost in the Shell
  44. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  45. Superman Returns
  46. Shogun Assassin
  47. Swamp Thing
  48. Fantastic Four (2005)
  49. Timecop
  50. Constantine
What makes this list interesting is to contrast it with the 2006 edition:
  1. X-2: X-Men United
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Superman II
  4. Superman
  5. Road to Perdition
  6. X-Men
  7. Ghost World
  8. The Rocketeer
  9. Batman (1989)
  10. Blade
  11. Akira
  12. Men in Black
  13. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  15. The Crow
  16. American Splendor
  17. From Hell
  18. Blade II
  19. The Mask
  20. Conan the Barbarian
  21. Timecop
  22. Daredevil
  23. Batman (1966)
  24. Swamp Thing
  25. Batman Returns
  26. Mystery Men
  27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  28. Howard the Duck
  29. The Punisher (1989)
  30. Spawn
  31. Men in Black II
  32. Bulletproof Monk
  33. Return of Swamp Thing
  34. Judge Dredd
  35. Barb Wire
  36. Batman Forever
  37. Superman III
  38. The Crow 3: Salvation
  39. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
  40. The Crow 2: City of Angels
  41. Supergirl
  42. Tank Girl
  43. Captain America
  44. Conan the Destroyer
  45. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  46. Fantastic Four (1994)
  47. Virus
  48. Red Sonja
  49. Steel
  50. Batman & Robin
From then till now, some titles have fallen out of favor; others have become seen in a better light (for one reason or another).  Somehow, Ghost World remained at the #7 position.  One nice thing about the CGI era is that comic-based movies have gotten much better in quality; no longer must things like the never-released 1994 Fantastic Four be included.