‘You’re Not You’ Starring Hilary Swank-Emmy Rossum Premieres at San Diego Film Festival

Saturday night was the closing of the 13th annual San Diego Film Festival with the world premiere of You’re Not You, a drama based on a novel by the same name and directed by George C. Wolfe. The film stars Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, and Josh Duhamel (who attended the screening). You’re Not You also has an all-star supporting cast featuring Ali Larter, Francis Fisher, Ernie Hudson, Loretta Devine, Jason Ritter, Marcia Gay Harden, and many more.
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San Diego Film Festival Opening Night – WILD Starring Reese Witherspoon

UPDATE (January 15, 2015): Best Actress Oscar nomination for Reese Witherspoon, and fellow co-star Laura Dern, who plays Witherspoon’s mother in the film, also snagged a Best Supporting Actress nod.

Opening night at the San Diego Film Festival kicked off by screening the anticipated film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild. The line of people waiting to get inside the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp snaked all the way around into 6th Avenue, showing not only how popular the book was, but how much the festival itself has grown over the years. Continue reading

Friday’s ‘Extreme Sports’ Showing At the La Costa Film Festival

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The La Costa Film Festival offered a double-dose of extreme sports on Friday evening, screening Heaven’s Gate and The Essence of Surfing back to back in the Ruby G. Auditorium. The small library theater saw a good crowd for two relatively niche-genre movies, with people lining up early to get their seats. Both titles preceded Saturday morning’s open and free ‘Extreme Sports in Film’ panel at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend Movie Review: Elysium

Going to the movies this Labor Day weekend? With many summer blockbuster movies to see out there it’s hard to pick just one to spend your hard earned money. One of La Jolla Blue Book’s recommended movies to see this weekend is Elysium, here is my review.

Elysium is the new summer blockbuster sci-fi movie written and directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). Starring Matt Damon as the hero protagonist, Jodie Foster as Delacourt Elysium’s self-righteous Secretary of Defense, and main bad-ass villain Sharlto Copley as Kruger.

The movie is set in the futuristic year of 2154, between two polarizing worlds where a hero (Matt Damon) must make sacrifices to bring equality to human kind. The very wealthy live peaceful healthy lives in a space station called Elysium while the less fortunate reside on a decaying and overpopulated earth. Earth has become a surveillance state under the supervision of robots and its citizens are in desperate need of healthcare (Obamacare anyone?). By contrast in Elysium every legal citizen has access to healthcare and can be cured of all illnesses through the use of their exclusive technology in a matter of minutes. This plays a major role in the plot and the trajectory of our hero Matt Damon.

The characters lacked depth and we only see a glimpse of our heroes life through flashbacks of his young self and some sense of humor in the beginning but it’s non-existent as the movie moves on. We see some peripheral characters that seem to just be there to move the plot forward including Jodie Foster who will risk everything to keep the poor people or “illegals” from entering into Elysium. The most memorable character to me was Kruger (Sharlto Copley). A sociopath militant soldier who is true to himself, as bad as he may be, throughout the film. He embodies the dark side of human nature — sadistic, resentful, and the need to dominate at all costs.

Although the movie falls short of a true summer blockbuster, it’s worth seeing on the big screen. If you liked the visuals of District 9 this movie delivers. From the space station to the robots and cool firearms, Weta Workshop (special effects company who created the world of Lord of the Rings) delivers.

Watch for our next movie review, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in late November.