Category Archive: crime

Oct 17

"Seven Psychopaths" lives up to its name

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell make trouble in the new crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths."

“Seven Psychopaths” serves up a veritable smorgasbord of crazed killers Note: Today’s guest reviewer is artist, photographer and filmmaker Chris Daly, who recently directed a music video for local country band Red Eye Junction. Check out his portfolio here. In Martin McDonagh’s first film, “In Bruges,” we got a taste of nasty, foul-mouthed, suicidal murderers. …

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Sep 18

SLO Rewind screening series starts tonight with “Reservoir Dogs”

Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut is still one of his best Picture this. A police officer sits in the center of an abandoned warehouse, tied to a folding chair. His mouth covered with duct tape, the captive cop watches nervously as another man, clad in black trousers, a black tie and a pristine white button-up shirt, …

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Aug 15

Bob Hoskins’ best role: “The Long Good Friday”

Retiring British actor Bob Hoskins leaves behind an impressive career English actor Bob Hoskins is an odd sort of screen idol. He’s short, squat and mostly bald, a gravelly-voiced gremlin with big bushy eyebrows and a broad Cockney accent. Yet Hoskins, like frequent co-star Michael Caine, has become one of Hollywood’s most reliable assets. Hoskins …

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Jul 01

July brings an explosion of big-budget blockbusters

Andrew Garfield stars as the title teenage superhero in "The Amazing Spider-Man."

“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Dark Knight Rises” will rule multiplexes in July Looking for something to do on a sticky summer afternoon? After a month of fairytales (“Brave,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”), historical fiction (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter“) and testosterone-fueled fantasies (“Magic Mike,” “Rock of Ages,” “Ted”), we’ve arrived in the heart of the …

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Apr 27

What to Watch: “Badlands”

A dreamy, deliberately paced crime drama that recalls elements of “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Pierrot le Fou,” Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” sets the stage for his later, more experimental epics.

Nov 02

SLO County on the silver screen

Cecil B. DeMille filmed 1923's "The Ten Commandments" at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

Made in SLO: Hollywood’s connection to the Central Coast As fellow Tribune blogger David Middlecamp noted recently, San Luis Obispo County has been attracting movie crews since the 1920s. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the region boasts sandy beaches, sleepy small towns and rolling hills covered with verdant grapevines and oak trees. …

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Sep 16

Fall television: Fresh or faded?

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs star as greasy spoon waitresses in the new CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls."

Next week’s offerings include three girl-centered sitcoms, four crime thrillers and two period dramas inspired by Golden Globe Award winner “Mad Men.” We also welcome Simon Cowell’s post-“American Idol” talent show, “The X Factor.”

Jun 07

Henry Rollins in the house

Henry Rollins, photo by Maura Lanahan

The punk icon discusses politics, proctologists at San Luis Obispo stop Henry Rollins — actor, author, activist — rolled into San Luis Obispo on Sunday for an evening of sincere musings and entertaining tirades. Rollins, the former lead singer of seminal punk band Black Flag, held forth for nearly three hours on topics as varied …

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Nov 09

Enjoy a slice of “Layer Cake”

Tasty “Layer Cake” introduces audiences to James Bond actor Daniel Craig Before Daniel Craig first donned his tuxedo in “Casino Royale,” the blond hunk with the piercing blue eyes appeared in a whip-smart caper flick called “Layer Cake.” Craig stars as a seasoned cocaine dealer who’s eying early retirement. Before he ditches his dangerous career, …

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May 13

The Tao of Quentin Tarantino

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll: What makes Quentin Tarantino tick Somewhere out there is a person who’s never heard of Quentin Tarantino. Shocking, I know. But it’s entirely possible that somewhere in the far corners of the world, sequestered in a mountain cave or dusty desert retreat, is a man or woman who hasn’t seen …

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