Whatever your mood, “The Princess Bride” is an perfect pick-me-up
Whenever I feel blue, bored or just down in the dumps, I pop my copy of “The Princess Bride” in the DVD player.
With its fabulous blend of swashbuckling adventure, fairytale romance and sweet, silly humor, the family-friendly film never fails to make me feel better.
Directed by Rob Reiner (“This Is Spinal Tap”) and based on the book by William Goldman, “The Princess Bride” is presented as a story read to a sick boy (Fred Savage) by his kindly old grandfather (Peter Falk).
Grandpa serves as the narrator of the film, which features “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” and one heck of a happy ending.
Could you ask for anything more?
Don’t miss “The Princess Bride,” screening at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fremont theater, 1025 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.
Past screenings have sold out, so you’ll want to arrive early to grab a good seat. Besides, you wouldn’t want to miss the costume and trivia contests; prizes include T-shirts, gift certificates and other goodies.
Tickets are $7.50.
Also on Tuesday, Cuesta College continues its free film series on immigration issues with “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon.”
Directed by John Carlos Frey, the documentary is an-depth look at daily life for the millions of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the shadows of American society.
The film focuses on the daily struggles and triumphs of several day laborers living and working in sub-standard conditions amidst Southern California mansions. The men work in general construction, agriculture and landscaping for minimum wage, living in rundown shacks and saving their meager weekly earnings to send to their families back home.
“The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” screens at noon Tuesday in Room 3219 of the Cuesta College library, off Highway 1 north of San Luis Obispo.
The film will screen once more on Thursday, along with two other documentaries on illegal immigration.
“Mojados: Through the Night” screens at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 2401 of Cuesta College’s North County Campus, 2800 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles.
It’s followed by “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” at 5 p.m. and “Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary” at 7 p.m.
A 20- to 30-minute discussion will accompany each film.
For more information on the film series, visit Cuesta College online.
An aspiring Irish actor and his family start life afresh in the United States in “In America.”
Inspired by dreams of breaking into the New York City theatrical scene, Johnny (Paddy Constantine) moves to the Big Apple with his wife Sarah (Samantha Morton) and their two young daughters.
They settle in a Hell’s Kitchen tenement house occupied by drug addicts, transvestites and a mysterious Nigerian artist (Djimon Hounsou).
The family remains hopeful at first. But as their funds dwindle and summer heat soars, family tensions begin to rise.
Irish-born director Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father”) co-wrote “In America” with his daughters Naomi and Kirsten — drawing on their own experiences to create a powerful, deeply personal portrait of an immigrant family in the United States.
The Sheridans earned an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.
Djimon Hounsou and Samantha Morton, meanwhile, earned nods for their strong work as supporting actors.
“In America” screens at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 7120 at the Cuesta College library.
Professional surfer-turned-musician Timmy Curran stops by San Luis Obispo on Friday with “The Union Express.”
Directed by Josh Landan (“Flow,” “Yield”), the documentary follows Curran as he journeys from San Francisco to San Diego by train, stopping along the way to surf, play music and spend time with friends.
Curran will introduce the film and perform songs from his latest album, “VerseS.”
“The Union Express” screens at 7 p.m. Friday at Downtown Brewing Co., 1119 Garden St. in San Luis Obispo. Admission to this all-ages event is $10, or $12 at the door.
For more information, call 543-1843 or visit Downtown Brew online.
Image courtesy of Premiere.com.
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