Category Archives: Movies

Laguna South Coast Cinema 1923-2015

The only movie theater in town closed for good on Sunday. The OC Register has the details but you can fill all that in with the usual reasons: business decline, digital projection conversion costs, demographic changes, gentrification, etc.

I’m not a big nostalgia person, but this hits hard. I’ve seen at least 100 movies there. No exaggeration. The math just works out that way when you’re a restless kid without transportation and are tall enough to avoid getting hassled for anything that wasn’t rated G. Our oddball next-door neighbor was the projectionist. Local speculation was that he was the way he was because of seeing the same movies over and over again.

Everything played there: Oscar nominees, foreign, indie, Cheech & Chong, animation festivals, Schick Sunn Classics, if a movie had some sort of distribution it inevitably played there. My dad and I saw Airplane! there on opening night and I’ve never since seen an audience lose their minds so complete like that.

The last showing was Guy Ritchie’s remake of The Man From UNCLE. It’s nice to see anything that’s on film and not digital.

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Cinema Treasures has the full history.

Running The Numbers: 2011 in Movies

What I watched in 2011. Only counting things I saw for the first time.

  1. Apollo 18 (2011)
  2. Attack The Block (2011)
  3. BASEketball (1998)
  4. Beginners (2010)
  5. Black Swan (2010)
  6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  7. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
  8. Contagion (2011)
  9. Die sieben Männer der Sumuru (1969)
  10. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
  11. Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
  12. Fair Game (2010)
  13. Gasland (2010)
  14. Hesher (2010)
  15. Into The Abyss (2011)
  16. Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
  17. Marwencol (2010)
  18. Melancholia (2011)
  19. My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
  20. Niagara, Niagara (1997)
  21. Orgazmo (1997)
  22. Pandorum (2009)
  23. Rollover (1981)
  24. Salt (2010)
  25. Senna (2010)
  26. Source Code (2011)
  27. Super 8 (2011)
  28. Texas Killing Fields (2011)
  29. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
  30. The American (2010)
  31. The Artist (2011)
  32. The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye (2011)
  33. The Beaver (2011)
  34. The Celebration (1998)
  35. The Green Hornet (2011)
  36. The Horse’s Mouth (1958)
  37. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
  38. The King’s Speech (2010)
  39. The Mechanic (2011)
  40. The Social Network (2010)
  41. The Town (2010)
  42. The Tree Of Life (2011)
  43. TRON: Legacy (2010)
  44. True Grit (2010)
  45. Woman’s Picture (2011)

Running The Numbers: 2009 in Movies

What I watched in 2009. Only counting things I saw for the first time.

  1. 300 (2006)
  2. 633 Squadron (1964)
  3. 88 Minutes (2007)
  4. A Dangerous Profession (1949)
  5. The Ambushers (1967)
  6. Angels And Demons (2009)
  7. Avatar (2009)
  8. Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
  9. Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call, New Orleans (2009)
  10. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
  11. Blood Freak (1972)
  12. Blueprint (2003)
  13. The Brain Eaters (1958)
  14. The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  15. California Split (1974)
  16. Cassandra’s Dream (2007)
  17. The Cat’s Meow (2001)
  18. Changeling (2008)
  19. Devil Girl From Mars (1954)
  20. District 9 (2009)
  21. Don’t Look Now (1973)
  22. Don’t Make Waves (1967)
  23. Extract (2009)
  24. Freebie And The Bean (1974)
  25. Frost/Nixon (2008)
  26. Frozen River (2008)
  27. Fukkatsu no hi (1980)
  28. Fuzz: The Sound That Revolutionized The World (2007)
  29. Giant (1956)
  30. The Girl From Monday (2005)
  31. Girl On A Motorcycle (1968)
  32. God Told Me To (1976)
  33. Gomorra (2008)
  34. The Hangover (2009)
  35. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
  36. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  37. The Horror At 37,000 Feet (1973)
  38. The Hurt Locker (2008)
  39. I Love You Man (2009)
  40. Impact (1949)
  41. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  42. The International (2009)
  43. Knowing (2009)
  44. La fille coupée en deux (2007)
  45. La fille de Monaco (2008)
  46. La louve solitaire (1968)
  47. La vallée (1972)
  48. Last Chance Harvey (2008)
  49. Let The Right One In (2008)
  50. The Lost Missile (1958)
  51. Made In U.S.A. (1966)
  52. Malice (1993)
  53. The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
  54. Milk (2008)
  55. The Mist (2007)
  56. Model Shop (1969)
  57. Moon (2009)
  58. Moon Zero Two (1969)
  59. Ne le dis à personne (2006)
  60. Nid de guêpes (2002)
  61. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
  62. Oldboy (2003)
  63. Paranormal Activity (2007)
  64. Primer (2004)
  65. Public Enemies (2009)
  66. [REC] (2007)
  67. S*P*Y*S (1974)
  68. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  69. Star Trek (2009)
  70. Transsiberian (2008)
  71. Up (2009)
  72. Valkyrie (2008)
  73. Vantage Point (2008)
  74. Watchmen (2009)
  75. Winter A-Go-Go (1965)