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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012

‘OC87’ is a fascinating look inside the world of mental illness

The documentary leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
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It’s not usually considered a good thing to refer to a film as a piece of therapy. But in the case of OC87, which opens at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas on Friday, June 15, it most certainly is. The film is directed by Bud Clayman, who was an aspiring filmmaker more than two decades ago before being devastated by mental illness, and the film’s subtitle, The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, gives you a sense of what he’s been up against.

Clayman, who had a pair of co-directors in the process, aimed to document his attempts to fit in and be normal, and in that regard, we see him trying to clean up his filthy apartment, speed-dating and singing some karaoke. We also hear the running monologue of what goes through his head almost all the time, as his obsessive-compulsive disorder controls pretty much all of his thoughts and he constantly struggles to make sure it doesn’t control his actions.

This is a deeply personal film, but it’s also often very funny and insightful. Clayman knows just how socially awkward he can appear, and since he’s able to laugh about it, so are we, though at times you may feel like next to the OCD there’s TMI.

Write to anders@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com. You can follow Anders on Twitter at @anderswright.


Opening

Crooked Arrows: A lacrosse team made up of Native American kids starts taking down other teams that come from considerably more privilege.

Gerhard Richter Painting: This doc on the German painter actually gets into his studio, which hasn’t been seen in decades.

Lola Versus: Greta Gerwig is a grad student whose fiancé dumps her days before their wedding. Sort of like a “No Sex and the City.”

Lovely Molly: A newlywed and her husband move to an old house in the country, where weird stuff starts to go down. You might be familiar with director Eduardo Sánchez’s first film, The Blair Witch Project.

That’s My Boy: Adam Sandler teams up with Andy Samberg for a stupid-fest.

Rock of Ages: Yes, that’s Tom Cruise belting out hair-metal tunes in this ’80s rock ’n’ roll musical.

Safety Not Guaranteed: This sweet, quirky Sundance rom-com stars Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza as a magazine intern investigating a guy who placed a classified ad looking for a time-traveling companion.

Something From Nothing The Art of Rap: Ice-T co-directed this documentary about, um, rap.

The Woman in the Fifth: Ethan Hawke moves to Paris and becomes involved with Kristin Scott Thomas, who may be involved with a series of murders.

One Time Only

The 39 Steps: Classic 1935 Hitchcock about a man (Robert Donat) on the run after being wrongly accused of murdering a spy. Screens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Mission Valley Library. Free.

Step Brothers: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are dudes suffering from R-rated arrested development who become bros when their respective parents get together. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Gingham restaurant in La Mesa.

Napoleon Dynamite: You don’t see many of those Vote for Pedro shirts these days. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.

The Princess Bride: One of the best date films ever. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at The Propagandist, Downtown.

The Hangover: What happens in Vegas, blah blah blah. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.

The Triplets of Belleville: Just in time for the Tour de France, this trippy animated French film, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2004, is about an elderly woman who teams up with the Belleville Triplets to rescue her kidnapped grandson. Part of the Coming of Age film series, it screens at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Brilliant Soil: Documentary about Herlinda, a Mexican potter who’s trying to move her industry away from lead-based glazes, which cause health problems for people in her industry. Screens at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Institute of the Americas at UCSD.

High Noon: One of the ultimate westerns. Gary Cooper stars as an aging lawman forced to meet a trainload of bad guys by himself when his friends shrink from the danger. Screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini: Frankie hires a witch doctor to create a fake girl to distract a nasty advertising exec from hitting on Annette. Screens at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park.

Dark Passage: Intense noir starring Bogie as a convict who breaks out and teams up with Lauren Bacall to clear his name. Shot entirely from the point of view of Bogart’s character, the film screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

The Motorcycle Diaries: Gael Garcia Bernal is the pre-revolutionary Che Guevara, on a road trip with his best bud (Rodrigo de la Serna) before taking over a certain island nation. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

The Shop Around the Corner: This James Stewart / Margaret Sullavan rom-com was the pre-Internets You’ve Got Mail. Oh, and it’s a whole lot better than You’ve Got Mail. Screens at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 19, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

From Russia With Love: Shake it, don’t stir it, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Do the time warp, yet again, at midnight, Saturday, June 16, at the Ken Cinema.

My Reincarnation: Actually, it’s the reincarnation of the Western-born son of a Tibetan Buddhist master who’s considering giving up the trappings of faith in exchange for stuff like booze and iPads. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

The Pink Panther: Yeah, this is the original with Peter Sellers, not to be confused with the recent Steve Martin remake. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: If you’re Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, the answer is your daughter (Katharine Houghton) and her fiancé, a young, good-looking, very intelligent doctor. Oh, and he’s black and played by Sidney Poitier. See this ground-breaking film on a biggish screen at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

Reveal the Path: It’s a biker movie, but the kind of bike you pedal. Director Mike Dion will be on hand to discuss this film, which was shot on multiple continents and is about biking as a way to explore the world. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Hillcrest Cinemas.

Airplane!: Insert your own ‘Surely you can’t be serious’ joke here. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Gingham restaurant in La Mesa.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Every filmmaker’s career ebbs and flows, and plenty of people feel that this Wes Anderson joint falls into both categories. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at The Propagandist, Downtown.

Almost Famous: This semi-autobiographical account of San Diego prodigal son Cameron Crowe’s early years as an underage reporter for Rolling Stone is still crazy after all these years. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes with RiffTrax: Expect plenty of damned-dirty-ape jokes at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Stone Brewing World and Bistro in Escondido. Free.

Now Playing

I Wish: A 12-year-old Japanese boy whose parents are divorced decides that a miracle will occur when two bullet trains cruise past each other at top speed.

Moonrise Kingdom: Set on an island off the coast of New England in 1965, this new one about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away from the dysfunctional adults in their lives will be adored by those who worship at the altar of Wes Anderson.

Madagascar 3: Apparently kids still fall for this. Parents, too.

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding: Conservative lawyer Catherine Keener takes her teenage kids to visit their hippie-dippie grandmother, Jane Fonda, after her husband files for divorce.

Rowdy Rathore: Bollywood action flick about a small-time conman who decides to pull one last job before giving up the game for the woman he loves. Ends June 14 at UA Horton Plaza.

Prometheus: Ridley Scott returns to outer space, exploring the origins of humanity and the original Alien. It’s worth seeing on the big screen and in 3D.

Where Do We Go Now: A group of Lebanese women try to get the feuding Muslims and Christians in their village to chill. Ends June 14 at the Ken Cinema.

A Cat in Paris: French animated film about a feline who spends his days with the daughter of a policewoman and his nights with a notorious cat burglar.

For Greater Glory: Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria star in this account of the 1920s-era Cristero War, the uprising against the Mexican government over religious freedom. Though it was shot in Mexico, it’s in English.

Coral Reef Adventure: Get up close and personal with a serious underwater microcosm at 6 p.m. Fridays in June at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Africa: The Serengeti: Nowhere in this IMAX look at this incredible wildlife sanctuary will you find the incredible Toto song. Screens Fridays in June at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Flying Monsters 3D: No, it’s not a crappy studio blockbuster—this one is all about dinosaurs and was written and directed by Richard Attenborough, using Avatar-like technology, and plays the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

Hardflip: Teen skater learns his dad is John Schneider, aka Bo Duke. And finds God.

Hick: Despite the solid efforts of Chloë Grace Moretz and Eddie Redmayne, Hick is a distasteful coming-of-age adaptation of the popular novel by Andrea Portes. Ends June 14 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

The Intouchables: French blockbuster sensation about an aging Caucasian paraplegic who hires a poor young black man to be his caretaker.

Snow White and the Huntsman: Big-budget retelling of the fairy tale finds the huntsman (Thor’s Chris Hemsworth) teaming up with Snow White (Kristen Stewart) to try to end the reign of the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron).

Piranha 3DD: The second D is intentional. There will be boobs. Ends June 14 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Chernobyl Diaries: Oren Peli, who wrote and directed Paranormal Activity here in San Diego, wrote this found-footage thriller about tourists who hire a guide to take them to that glowing vacation spot, Chernobyl.

Hysteria: Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this Victorian comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Yeah, you read that right.

Men in Black 3: Will Smith has to go back in time to prevent Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement from murdering Tommy Lee Jones, who’s represented in the past by Josh Brolin.

Battleship: Peter Berg’s adaptation of the Hasbro board game, pitting the American Navy against invading aliens, is seriously loud and explodey.

Bernie: Jack Black plays the real-life Bernie Tiede, a popular Texas funeral director who was convicted of murdering an 81-year-old widow.

The Dictator: Sacha Baron Cohen—aka Borat, Bruno and Ali G—is back as a despot willing to do anything to prevent the spread of democracy.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: No, this probably wasn’t begging to be adapted into a feature film, but that didn’t stop Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison and Jennifer Lopez from getting involved.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: There’s a charm to this movie about British retirees who outsource their retirement to India, mostly because the cast is made up of folks like Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp just can’t remake enough stuff. This time, it’s the campy gothic soap from the ’70s which, apparently, was dying for the big screen.

Girl in Progress: Eva Mendes stars and makes her directorial debut, playing a single mom juggling the needs of her daughter and the attention of hunky doctor Matthew Modine.

The Avengers: It set box-office records for the biggest opening weekend ever, and for good reason. Joss Whedon’s take on the Marvel franchise is well-written, superbly edited, funny and enormously entertaining.

Headhunters: A corporate headhunter who steals art on the side finds himself up to his neck in trouble.

The Raven: John Cusack seems to be channeling Nicolas Cage, rather than Edgar Allan Poe, in James McTeigue’s serial killer film.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits: Hugh Grant voices a doofy Pirate Captain in his first animated film. The stop-action animation is nice, and the film is charming enough, if not particularly deep.

Chimpanzee: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 1. A fully grown adult chimp takes a younger one under his wing after he gets separated from his troupe.

The Lucky One: Marine Zac Efron goes to North Carolina in search of a woman he thinks was his good-luck charm during his three tours of Iraq. If this sounds like it’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, that’s because it is.

Monsieur Lazhar: An Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a Montreal teacher who committed suicide in her own classroom. That’s a tough act to follow.

To the Arctic 3-D: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 2. Meryl Streep narrates this new IMAX movie about a mama polar bear and her two cubs.

Think Like a Man: Four guys decide to get even when they learn that their girlfriends have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice against them. Not surprisingly, it’s based on Steve Harvey’s book.

The Cabin in the Woods: This satirical deconstruction of the horror movie, from Joss Whedon and Lost veteran Drew Goddard, is one hell of a lot of fun.

The Three Stooges: The Movie: Yeah. This is happening.

Mirror Mirror: Julia Roberts is an evil queen, while Lily Collins is the plucky princess trying to get her kingdom back.

The Hunger Games: The most anticipated movie of the year to date is about a dystopian future where teens like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are forced to kill one another to stay alive.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi: This fine little documentary profiles Jiro Ono, widely considered to be one of the finest sushi chefs on the planet. Ends June 14 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

21 Jump Street: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in a comedy do-over of the undercover-cops-in-high-school TV show that launched Johnny Depp’s career.

Casa de Mi Padre: Will Ferrell’s latest comedy is in Spanish. That’s not a joke.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Two kids build a rocket in their garage and end up in outer space in this IMAX film screening Saturday mornings in March at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Journey 2: Mysterious Island: Sort of a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, in that it’s an adaptation of a Jules Verne book made family-friendly and in 3-D.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity: Liam Neeson narrates this IMAX film, screening at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Born to 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.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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