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      "FILMAGE" HOSTED BY MARK HOPPUS

      If you know your punk rock history, then you already know that the Descendents were the pioneers that influenced the genre as you know it today. And like every band, it all started with a couple friends in their parents' garage learning to make mistakes and make music. 

      We here at HMNIM are huge fans, and when the opportunity came along to be a part of this movie, we jumped at it. Now, Mark is already in the movie as they interview him about the influence that the Descendents had on him, but where could we fit in? Sure, we could re-edit the entire film and use the latest CGI technology to drop ourselves into the movie's key scenes (more thought went into that than you probably know). But in the end, we felt the best way to be a part of the film, was to host our own special screening of FILMAGE here in San Diego with our friends Vannen Watches

      We'll be talking about this more as we get closer to the 21st. Don't wait until then to get your ticket as all 3 shows are expected to sell out. And did we mention that there will be an exclusive HMNIM X Descendents tee? Oh there will be, and you'll be super bummed if you don't get one.

      Hi My Name is Mark and Vannen Watches present FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL
      Plus: Filmmaker Q&As with Mark Hoppus and Mike Halloran
      Saturday, September 21st at Digiplex Mission Valley 7 / San Diego, CA  
      Hi My Name is Mark and Vannen Watches are excited to bring FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS / ALL to San Diego for a special, one-day event of three back-to-back FILMAGE screenings on Saturday, September 21st, at the Digiplex Mission Valley 7 theater.
      The first FILMAGE screening kicks off at 11:00am, with a second following up at 1:50pm and a third closing out the day at 4:40pm. Each screening also features a special post-show Q&A session with the filmmakers, hosted by special guests Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and Mike Halloran of 91X-FM. See showtimes posted below for specific host info.

      We're expecting all three FILMAGE screenings to sell out quickly, so do not delay. Seating is extremely limited… and tickets are only $10 each! Tickets are available online HERE and at the Digiplex Mission Valley 7 box office.

      FILMAGE shirts and prints will be available at the theater as well as a super-limited HMNIM x DESCENDENTS t-shirt and the limited edition VANNEN + DESCENDENTS "Coffee Time" watch.

      For more information on these screenings, please visit HiMyNameisMark.com and VannenWatches.com for updates.

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      FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS / ALL
      San Diego screenings presented by Hi My Name is Mark and Vannen Watches
      Saturday, September 21, 2013
      Tickets: $10 each
      Showtimes:
      11:00am (post show Q&A with filmmakers hosted by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182)
      1:50pm (post show Q&A with filmmakers hosted by Mark Hoppus and Mike Halloran of 91X-FM)
      4:40pm (post show Q&A with filmmakers hosted by Mike Halloran)
      Location:
      7510 Hazard Center Drive
      San Diego, CA 92108   
      Movie Info: (619) 685-2841
      Box Office: (619) 574-8684
      FILMAGE Synopsis: Long before Green Day and Blink-182 inflicted punk-rock's puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a garage concocting the perfect mix of pop, angst, love, and coffee.
      FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS / ALL follows band leader/drummer/square-peg Bill Stevenson and his "caffeinated retardedness" as he pushes his rotating door of bandmates to "achieve ALL," his philosophy of going for greatness at all costs. Stevenson is a force to be reckoned with, proving that not even a grapefruit-sized brain tumor can keep him down.
      Interviews with the band, along with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) and many more reveal the story of a band — if not THE band — responsible for pop-punk as you know it.

      I'M SCARED

       

      Do you like photos of orcas turning into ducks with octopus arms morphing into celestial planets in space?  Well, you probably would, but unfortunately they doesn't exist in our universe. Lucky for us, they DO exist in the mind of Greg "Craola" Simkins.  He paints in an amazing combination of graffiti and photorealistic surrealism that will take your fragile grasp on the real world and smash it into a billion pieces. (Originally my computer autocorrected that last sentence to "...smash it into a billion pies," which is just awesome.  Maybe even better.) Anyway, Craola is turning his ideas into a stop-motion film, and you can be part of it.  The title is "I'm Scared," and here's the synopsis: Big Brother shares with Little Brother all the frightening things that inhabit the world at night as they try to go to sleep. Small concerns grow into spooky spectres as Big Brother's imagination takes over and their bedroom becomes a playground for monstrous creatures of all types. So yeah, basically it looks to be a great project. And like I said before, you can be part of it.  There's a kickstarter link you can click on right here

       

      Here's a video of Craola in his studio, painting one of the very characters in the film.  Art is cool.

       

      A FILM CALLED FILMAGE

      Vannen Watches, Epitaph Records & LB Art Theatre Present First So-Cal Screening of FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL Plus:Filmmaker Intro/Post Q&A
      Sunday, August 25th @ 11AM at The Art Theatre of Long Beach

       

      Vannen Watches, Epitaph Records, and the Art Theatre [2025 E. 4th, Long Beach] are excited to bring FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL to Southern California for a FREE fan screening on Sunday, August 25th at 11AM at the Art Theatre [2025 E. 4th Street, LBC 90814].

       

      Long before Green Day and Blink-182 inflicted punk rock's puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a garage concocting the perfect mix of pop, angst, love, and coffee. FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL follows band leader/drummer/square-peg Bill Stevenson and his "caffeinated retardedness" as he pushes his rotating door of bandmates to "achieve ALL," his philosophy of going for greatness at all costs. Stevenson is a force to be reckoned with, proving that not even a grapefruit-sized brain tumor can keep him down. Featuring interviews with the band, along with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and many more reveal the story of a band – if not THE band – responsible for pop punk as you know it.

       

      TICKETS: This is will be the FIRST Southern California showing of FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL, unfortunately space and tickets are limited, so we're holding a lottery and picking people at random to attend. Please register by visiting the following link:

       


      Click on "Register" button and once entered, your name will be added to the lottery list. We'll pick the lucky attendees at random on August 21st, and all winners will be notified immediately by email. If you are not contacted, or not sure that you were contacted, you can go to VannenWatches.com to see the full list of lottery winners.

       

      Support your community! The filmmakers encourage you to support our great community resource by making a donation to the Art Theatre of Long Beach (a public corporation for the arts), which generously donates its time and space to worthy arts-oriented organizations and causes. While donations do not guarantee you'll be granted entry to FILMAGE, you'll be a hero by supporting a great institution. Click the PayPal link HERE to contribute to this wonderful neighborhood resource. Or, if you're one of the lucky ones who'll be attending the screening, you can make a donation (in cash or via credit) at the theatre. Thanks for your support and good luck!

       

      Disclaimer: By registering for this lottery it does not guarantee entrance into the screening; you are only registering to be entered into a lottery to win tickets. Winners will be chosen at random. By entering the lottery your info will also be added to our mailing list. If you do not want to be added to our list, please let us know. No purchase necessary, but lottery entries are limited to one per person. Thanks for entering and good luck!

       

      FILMAGE TICKET LOTTERY: http://filmagesun.eventbrite.com/

       


      FILMAGE TRAILERS:


      THEATRE DONATIONS

      REALITY VS FANTASY VS DEMONIC DOLL POSSESSION

      Did anyone see the movie "The Conjuring" this weekend? It was scary. Well, not knock your socks off scary, but a very solid frightening ghost story. But there was one thing about the movie that was really just over the top, total Hollywood cliché, and that was the demon doll, Annabelle. For those of you that haven't seen the movie, you can keep reading, no spoilers here, just a rant over a child's doll. 

      There is no way, no how, no one, that's going to own a doll that looks like that doesn't know that Satan himself didn't own the doll first. That's what the doll looked like from the start, pre-demon in the movie. It didn't evolve into that hellish object, we are led to believe that that's what it looked like out of the box, right off the toy store shelf. Are you going to tell us that some cute girl is going to pack up her belongings, as she heads off to nursing school, she takes one look around her room and thinks to herself, "Oh, probably a good idea to bring this abomination of all that is holy, conceived in the very depths of a million childrens' nightmares with me". Just look at that thing! 

      The fact that filmmakers thought this doll was believable is a real slap in the face of the fine people paying good money to see this movie. You could hear the groans from the audience when they showed it for the first time. No one for a second believed that someone would actually own that doll. Now, this was a movie based on fact, more or less. So, of course when the movie was over, the laptop came out to see what the real Annabelle doll looked like.

      Sometimes it's better to leave things alone. The Demonic Annabelle Doll in real life was a Raggedy Ann doll. What we are trying to get at is that sometimes the real thing can't be improved upon. To read all about the real Annabelle click here or watch the video.

      FRIDAY MOVIE REVIEWS

      WORLD WAR Z

      When did we stop making movies about dinosaurs coming back to life? That used to pass for a scary movie. Dinosaurs coming at you used to be the most frightening thing you could think of. Even the little dinosaurs would mess you up. You couldn't trust any of them. Well, supposedly you could trust the herbivore ones but who could be sure? What you can be sure of is if you have a movie with fast-moving zombies, not just fast, but 2016 Rio Olympic runner fast, that you are going want those simpler times when all you had to worry about was the occasional T-Rex.

      MANIAC

      We could write a bunch of Lord of the Rings jokes about Frodo going crazy but that's pretty weak. We respect our readers too much to sink to that level. We could make some Willard jokes? No? Ok, have it your way. Maniac is a remake of an 80's horror movie of the same name. Word on the street, is that the original is still better and the best parts of this movie are right here in the trailer.

       

      MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

      This is going to be predictable for the most part, it will be silly, it will be stupid, it will be sort of funny, but what do you expect from a movie that has to appeal to little kids and adults? There will be something in it for everyone. The only hope you had to have your mind blown is if you found out that Quentin Tarantino directed this Pixar film, and sadly, he did not. But what if? How crazy would that have been. Let's all just sit back and imagine what a Pixar X Tarantino film would be.

      FRIDAY MOVIE REVIEWS

      MAN OF STEEL

      This trailer looks AWESOME. Superheroes should be total badasses. Why has it taken movie studios so long to understand this? Look at the Nolan Batman franchise, total badass. Now look at the last 4 Spiderman movies, complete weak sauce. Anyone could walk up to Spiderman and slap him across the face and feel like they could get away with it. No one is trying that shit with Batman. And from the look of the trailer, we may finally get the badass Superman we've been waiting for.

      THIS IS THE END

      This looks funny in the same way a Saturday Night Live skit looks funny at the start, but then 30 seconds into the skit you've lost interest and it drags on for another 3 minutes. But, the reviews on this movie have been overwhelmingly good, so maybe they've kept the best stuff for the movie and not blown all the funny on the trailers. 

       

      THE BLING RING

      Did this really deserve to be made into a movie? Talk about your First World problems. A bunch of middle, no scratch that, upper class kids get caught stealing from even richer kids. Does that even remotely sound like something you'd want to spend $15 on watching? Didn't think so. Maybe it's good, but we'll never know because we'll be watching Superman kick some ass this weekend. Because that's what movies are supposed to be, a 2-hour escape from reality to somewhere fun, not an overblown news story from TMZ.