I guess I’m a pretty typical dude. My knowledge of fashion is limited, and my knowledge of fashion films consists primarily of The Devil Wears Prada and The September Issue, though I suppose you might throw some of those Sex and the City pictures into the mix, as well.
I say that because I want to make it clear that I’m certainly no expert on the subject. But there will be plenty of experts on hand, as well as filmmakers and fashionistas, at the second La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. It’s a series of short films that highlight the director’s skill and what his or her subjects will be wearing.
LJFFF has put together an impressive lineup of talent, the largest gathering of fashion filmmakers of all time, including Karl Lagerfeld and Bruce Weber, whose work even I’m familiar with, as well as scads of bloggers, entourage members and PR types.
This being the fashion industry, tickets aren’t cheap, but they aren’t ridiculously expensive, either, and there are the requisite fabulous parties and cocktail receptions included with the ticket prices. Ticket information, as well as a list of attending filmmakers and party info, can be found at ljfff.com.
Cowboys & Aliens: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford face off against outer-space baddies in the Old West. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man).
Crazy, Stupid, Love: Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling headline a good-enough romantic comedy that’s not ashamed of its PG-13 status. See our review on Page 21.
The Man Who Fell to Earth: A new 35-millimeter cut of the classic David Bowie flick.
Sarah’s Key: Kristin Scott Thomas is an American journalist trying to learn the fate of a Jewish French girl who went missing during WWII.
The Smurfs: They’re so hard to get off your shoe when you step on them, especially when they’re in 3-D.
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Devil Girl from Mars: And all this time I thought Devil Girls were from Venus. Schlockfest continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Blazing Saddles: Mel Brooks’ western is satirical and subversive and hysterically funny. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
The Dark Crystal: It’s family night, so bring the kids to see Jim Henson’s Muppet fantasy epic. Just, you know, don’t give them beer. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.
Dr. No: In one of the best Bond flicks, Dr. No’s ultimate plan is to destroy the U.S. space program. He could have just waited for us to do it ourselves. Served with wine at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla.
The Talk of the Town: Cary Grant is an escaped prisoner competing with law professor Ronald Colman for the affection of schoolteacher Jean Arthur. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Despicable Me: Steve Carell’s animated villain adopts three adorable orphan girls to pull a job and ends up learning the true meaning of Christmas. Or about being good or something. Whatever—you get it. Screens at 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the La Mesa Municipal Pool. Free.
Easy Rider: The ultimate counterculture movie stars Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper (who also directed) as dudes riding motorcycles across the country in search of pretty girls, good drugs and the American dream.
Screens at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
This is Spinal Tap: The movie goes up to 11, but it screens at 12 midnight on Saturday, July 30, at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.
The Big Lebowski: The Dude abides at midnight, Saturday, July 30, at the Ken Cinema.
Some Like it Hot: Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis try to get busy with Marilyn Monroe by wearing dresses.
Screens at noon on Sunday, July 31, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas.
Goonies: Apparently, they never say die. Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park kicks off its revamped film series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Sideways: Paul Giamatti is terrific as the sad sack who takes his buddy Thomas Hayden Church to Santa Barbara wine country for an impromptu bachelor party. And the wines are pretty good, too. Screens at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
Zombieland: Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson fight off the zombie hordes—including Bill Murray—at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.
Hook: Robin Williams is the lost boy all grown up to Dustin Hoffman’s pirate captain. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Piazza Carmel Shopping Plaza. Free.
Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest: There’s been all kinds of controversy surrounding Michael Rappaport’s film, as he and the band have squared off over which accounts are really true.
Captain America: The First Avenger: Chris Evans plays the superhero in this week’s superhero movie.
Friends with Benefits: Best buddies Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis can’t find anyone to date, so they start sleeping with each other, no strings attached. Um, you lost us at Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis can’t find anyone to date.
If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front: The title says it all. Hayduke lives! Ends July 28 at the Ken Cinema.
A Little Help: Jenna Fischer is a single mom who gets caught up in a series of lies while trying to provide for herself and her son.
Love Etc.: A documentary about five different New York City couples, who span a variety of ages and sexual orientations.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: Wayne Wang adapts Lisa See’s novel about two young 19th-century Chinese girls who communicate via a secret language written in the folds of a silk fan.
Tabloid: Documentarian Errol Morris takes a break from the heavy stuff in telling the story of Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming accused of kidnapping and raping a male Mormon missionary back in the ’70s, and the newspapers that covered her tale.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: It’s tough to say goodbye, but fans will be thrilled with the franchise’s conclusion, which streamlines the final half of the final book and offers up some serious wizardry—in story and special effects.
Winnie the Pooh: The tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff is back.
Zindagi Na Milega Dobara: Three Indian guys take an extended bachelor road trip in Spain in this Bollywood release, screening at Horton Plaza.
A Better Life: Demián Bichir is great as an illegal immigrant in L.A. who works backbreaking hours as a gardener while trying to keep his son in school and out of a gang.
Horrible Bosses: Put-upon drones Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day decide to murder their employers, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. It’s a comedy—ha!
Terri: There’s warmth in this small coming-of-age film about an overweight teen who’s taken to wearing pajamas to school. John C. Reilly is the vice principal who befriends him. Ends July 28 at Hillcrest Cinemas.
Zookeeper: Talking animals try to prevent zookeeper Kevin James from blah blah blah.
Dolphins: Get up close and IMAX personal with a species smarter than yourself. Screens Fridays at 7 through July at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Larry Crowne: Tom Hanks gets laid off from his job at Home Depot because he doesn’t have a degree. So he goes back to community college, where he meets disillusioned public-speaking teacher Julia Roberts, who eventually falls for him. Yeah, that’d happen.
Monte Carlo: Tween rom-com about three vacationing American girls who end up in Monte Carlo because one of them looks like someone else. It stars Justin Bieber’s girlfriend.
Page One: Inside The New York Times: Actually, this doc is a year spent inside the New Media side of the Grey Lady. Most interesting is the portrait of David Carr, the irascible journo who’s just a joy to watch.
Le Quattro Volte: Almost wordless look at the cycle of life through the waning days of an elderly shepherd who lives in the mountains of Italy.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: No, the third film in the franchise has nothing to do with either “Bark at the Moon” or “Dark Side of the Moon.” Is there still more than meets the eye?
Bad Teacher: Horrific instructor Cameron Diaz is hot for her school’s new teacher, played by her real-life ex, Justin Timberlake.
Buck: Documentary about Buck Brannaman, one of the leading experts in horses and the inspiration for The Horse Whisperer.
Cars 2: The cars from Cars go overseas, or something. Also, there are spies. Pixar makes gazillions!
Beginners: Ewan McGregor is in the throes of a new relationship with Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) while trying to deal with his father (Christopher Plummer), who came out of the closet at age 75.
Green lantern: Ryan Reynolds is the superhero in this week’s superhero movie.
Super 8: J.J. Abrams-directed and Spielberg-produced, this is a throwback to ’80s-era summer goodness, about a bunch of kids who start investigating weird goings on after a train wreck near their town.
13 Assassins: Cult director Takashi Miike’s new film, about a crew of samurai on a suicide mission, is more Wild Bunch than Seven Samurai, featuring a 45-minute slice-and-dice fight sequence where the odds aren’t good but the action is awesome.
The Tree of Life: You might consider Terrence Malick’s new movie a masterpiece or find it self-indulgent and pretentious. What you can’t deny is its ambition. By focusing on a Texas family in the ’50s, led by patriarch Brad Pitt, the director examines life, the universe and everything. Beautiful to watch, challenging to understand, staggeringly deep.
X-Men: First Class: Another X-Men origin-story movie! Set in the swingin’ ’60s, it stars James McAvoy as a young Professor X (who has yet to lose his hair), Michael Fassbender as Magneto and scads of other famous actors, like Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon and January Jones.
The Hangover Part II: It just gets harder to recover as you get older.
Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen’s most charming film in years stars Owen Wilson as a Jazz Age-infatuated screenwriter and aspiring novelist who ends up hanging with the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Bridesmaids: Kristen Wiig moves from scene-stealer to leading lady in this raunchy girl-comedy, and it turns out she’s well suited to the promotion.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams: werner Herzog takes a small team and 3-D cameras into France’s Chauvet caves, home of the oldest cave paintings.
Boto be Wild 3-D: Despite sounding like yet another animated animal movie, this is an IMAX film about baby elephants and orangutans and the people who love them. Oh, and it’s narrated by Morgan Freeman. Collective sigh for the baby monkeys, please.
I Am: After a near-death experience, director Tom Shadyac—who also made films like Ace Ventura, Patch Adams and Bruce Almighty—changes direction, making a documentary that asks some of the world’s political and spiritual leaders why we’re so messed up.
Tornado Alley: This new IMAX film, which travels into twisters with some professional storm chasers, has to be better than Twister, the movie. At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
Hubble: Leonardo DiCaprio lends his pipes to this IMAX film, which uses CGI and real footage to take a close look at saturn’s rings. Just stay away from Uranus. At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.