Tagged: movies

Gallery: Kong in Chinatown

Gallery: Kong in Chinatown

Driving through downtown this week, I was suddenly and briefly transported to Saigon circa 1971. It turns out about a block of Chinatown near Kekaulike Market was a filming location for “Kong: Skull Island,” a big-budget monster movie due out in 2017. It instantly reminded me of the hours I spent...

Environmental Documentary Gets Oahu Premiere

A beautiful, enlightening, and inspirational documentary film about the environmental health of our fragile planet will be featured in a special screening on Thursday. The “Breath of Life” captures a portrait of the Earth through globe-crossing cinematography and interviews with dozens of internationally acclaimed scientists, authors, and activists. Filming locations...

Geek Beat: Back to the Future Day

We’re in the future? Where’s my flying car? We served up a bit of pop-culture whimsy for this morning’s Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise morning news show, with geeks the world over celebrating “Back to the Future Day.” It’s the day when Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive to...

Disney Unveils More “Moana” Details

Disney has given fans a colorful, musical, and celebrity-fortified preview of its upcoming animated feature, “Moana.” The film, due out next November, is steeped in Hawaiian mythology, telling the story of a young woman named Moana who sets off across the ocean and meets Maui, the demigod who is said to...

Couple Crowdfunding Martial Arts Documentary

A local couple is hoping to raise funds to finish their martial arts documentary, “Warrior Arts Deadly Dance.” Al and Jayne Cloutier are independent filmmakers based in Honolulu who have made seven films over the past seven years. Al is an independent filmmaker and commercial videographer who came to Hawaii from...

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Nerd Spring Break Coming to Kakaako

While students at the University of Hawaii are likely planning to relax their minds as much as possible this week, a free film series is being presented to those who want to exercise their brains instead. “Nerd Spring Break” begins tomorrow and runs through Wednesday, hosted by Interisland Terminal at Kakaako Agora....

Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” Coming in May

Sony Pictures today released the first trailer for its upcoming filmed-in-Hawaii feature titled, simply, “Aloha.” And its pedigree is impressive. It’s directed by Cameron Crowe, who was also behind the Oscar-winning films “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” (and my wife’s favorite film, “Say Anything”). It stars Bradley Cooper (still riding high...

‘Godzilla’ will trash Waikiki this summer

‘Godzilla’ will trash Waikiki this summer

Sci-fi fandom is buzzing with excitement with this week’s release of the official main trailer for yet another “Godzilla” movie. As usual, the film footage featured in the promo is being picked apart scene by scene, and eagle-eyed movie geeks in Hawaii caught a second or two of a scene...

‘Catching Fire’ Filming in Hawaii

‘Catching Fire’ Filming in Hawaii

Production on ‘Catching Fire,’ the sequel to the ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, has moved to Hawaii. While shooting started in Atlanta in September, it’s expected to wrap here in the islands before the end of the year. The first film, based on the bestselling novel, has grossed over $400 million since its release...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” is a feature film that doesn’t yet exist. But there is a story to be told, and people willing to tell it. As with most creative projects, all they need is some funding to get it started. And with your vote, they could get it. Above is...

Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

Last night, Consolidated Theatres offered an early screening of “Toy Story 3 in 3-D” to show off its new “Titan Extreme Cinema” theater. I was eager to see both the movie and the setup, and my family and I were grateful to be invited (along with other local media, contest...

Kids Film Festival Coming in June

Kids Film Festival Coming in June

My kids love to go to the movies, but when trips to the theater mean spending $100 a pop, it’s hard to be enthusiastic… especially when good kids movies are few and far between. So I’m intrigued by the upcoming Kids First! Film Festival, part of the summer sessions program...

AsiaPacificFilms.com Offers Free Trial

AsiaPacificFilms.com Offers Free Trial

With a collection of over 250  films by Asian and Pacific Islanders, AsiaPacificFilms.com is the idealized, online equivalent of a independent film festival. No cramped schedules, no limited runs, every title available 24-7. TechCrunch described it as “a Netflix for Asian Pacific indie filmmakers.” Asians and Pacific Islanders are said to...

Varsity Theatre Finally Falls

Varsity Theatre Finally Falls

The old Varsity Theatre on University Avenue was demolished yesterday to make way for a parking lot, leaving behind a few mementos and a million memories. On Father’s Day last year, the screens at the Varsity faded to black for the last time. Operator Consolidated Theatres gave movie lovers only...

Power of Vudu

Power of Vudu

The Vudu box, released into the wild in October, is a new way to enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows (including HD content) at home. No cable box or DVD mailers are required, just a broadband internet connection. And seeing another way to break into the monopoly cable companies...

Help HIFF, Score Tix

Help HIFF, Score Tix

The Hawaii International Film Festival is undeniably the world’s premiere “East-meets-West” showcase, bringing Asian and western cinema, art, and culture together like nothing else… right here in the middle of the Pacific. For all its red carpets and top-shelf talent, however, HIFF still needs an enormous network of volunteers to...

McLovin of Hawaii

McLovin of Hawaii

We caught the trailer to Judd Apatow’s next film, “Superbad,” when we slipped out to see his current release, “Knocked Up.” Which was brilliant. But the “Superbad” trailer — in addition to promising another winner — also included a wonderful Aloha State shoutout. One of the characters gets a fake...