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June  27

If You Can Stand the Heat ... Go to a Michael Moore Party

If merely fighting the crowds to go see "Fahrenheit 9/11" isn't exciting enough for you, you can try a "Turn Up the Heat" party. Local actor Michael Aquino is hosting one at Luna Stage on Monday night at 7. (Luna Stage is not the sponsor. Aquino's just renting space there.) He posted this invite on the Montclair Watercooler -- and hundreds of similar ones are circling the web.

Tens of thousands of MoveOn members are gathering in living rooms and meeting halls on Monday. We'll join a live, online, interactive audio conference with Michael Moore, we'll discuss the movie, and we'll plan local actions to help win back the White House. And, of course, there'll be snacks.

Click here for the official moveon.org link.

June 27, 2004 in Buzz, Controversy, Film | Permalink | Comments (1)

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June  26

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Opens

9_11_crowd The place to be last night was the Clairidge Theater in Montclair, where Michael Moore's controversial film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," had its opening. We caught the mob outside an 11:45 pm show, which was added after eight previous shows sold out. One patron told us he came from Clifton Commons, which he said was closed because of a bomb threat.
The scene also afforded an opportunity to pass out anti-Bush literature including leaflets advertising a "Cookies and Crafts for Kerry Sale" today (1:15-4:30 pm at 23 Macopin Ave., Montclair) and a "Patriots for Regime Change: Show Bush the Door in 2004" BBQ.

For a complete comparison of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and that other blockbuster, "The Passion of the Christ," click here.

June 26, 2004 in Controversy, Film, Seen around town | Permalink | Comments (0)

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June  23

Battle of the blockbusters

The Barista expects there'll be quite a mob scene at the Clairidge on Friday with the opening of "Fahrenheit 9/11." Despite the fact that there will be eight screenings, we expect -- with all the bruhaha -- that it will be a hard show to get in.

Oh the fuss! The thrills! The film gets an "R" rating. Michael Moore urges teenagers to sneak in anyway! Moveon.org encourages liberals to support the movie! The principal of Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota says Bush didn't seem as dumb as he looks in the film! Oh the e-mails! Oh the passion!

Passion? Did we say Passion? Why yes, that's what it reminds us of, all the hoopla over that previous blockbuster, "The Passion of the Christ." And, just so you can keep score, the Barista put together this nifty crib sheet.


June 23, 2004 in Film | Permalink | Comments (10)

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June   3

And You Don't Even Have to Bring a Present

jewniverse_cake_2What could be better than getting invited to a Bar Mitzvah? How about seeing a campy movie about one?

From the improv geniuses responsible for MTV's The State, Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, Upright Citizen's Brigade and the cult classic film Wet Hot American Summer comes a new indie film called To Life! And one of its stars is the lovely 17-year-old Julie Rugg, a junior at Montclair High.

NakedBearFilms gives the following description:

Days away from his Bar Mitzvah, Ernie Goldberg is trying to "become a man" with some help from his friends, his family, and a friendly phone sex operator. His father, Herman, is coming to grips with a cheating wife and a cranky dad. Will Ernie get laid? Will Herman? (Will I?) Only the Torah knows the answers. And it will take He-Man and a deaf Tupperware heiress to make things right again.

Rugg plays Ernie's the love interest. To Life! is due out this summer.

June 3, 2004 in Film | Permalink | Comments (0)

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May  27

When Hell Freezes Over

Horror, Science Fiction, Action and Adventure, Drama -- those are all the categories that Moviefone assigns to the new Dennis Quaid movie "The Day After Tomorrow," which opens, well, actually tomorrow.

That's the big summer blockbuster-to-be on global warming, and if you watch the trailers, you'll see great gales of water flooding familiar NYC landmarks, people screaming and trying to outrun the waves and, ultimately, the Statue of Liberty turned to ice. All of which should make you think twice about complaining about the possibility of a shower on Monday.

Well, environmental groups are panting about all that on-screen weather mayhem, and the "Day After Tomorrow" Memorial Day Weekend tie-ins are starting. NJ-PIRG, the public interest lobbying group, came out with a news release today charging that consumers will pay twice as much for gas on their Memorial Day junkets than they have to because of misguided government energy policy. And this is related to Horror Weather because of.... well go to the website that PIRG has set up to capitalize on the movie. They'll explain it.

(The Barista guesses that your Memorial Day grilling isn't going to help the ozone layer either, but we've yet to receive a press release on that. So fire away.)

Playing at the Wellmont, Essex Green, Clifton Commons and Cinema 23.

May 27, 2004 in Film, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

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