Filmed at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, "The Biggest Little Farm" Documentary Is a Must See

My kids had no idea what the film was about. I had heard good things about “The Biggest Little Farm,” and on a hot Sunday afternoon we headed over to the Regency Westlake Village to catch the 1 pm screening.

The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary that follows the dreams of John and Molly Chester and their dog, Todd., as they achieve their dream of creating a certified biodynamic farm. This farm happens to be Apricot Lane Farms, located right here in Moorpark (10700 Broadway Road).

Prior to pursuing the farm, Molly was a private chef and food blogger, while John was a career documentary filmmaker.

The film was truly an engaging tale of how these farmers found the inspiration to create their dream, enlist the help of many others - investors and support team - build the farm and sustain it, encounter numerous obstacles and challenges, and find creative solutions to these challenges.

It was a wonderful film to bring the kids to see. The film brought a lump to my throat many a time. The farm animals played a large part in the film and led us through emotions of joy to sadness, cheerfulness and grief. The story flowed nicely and the hour and a half brought not a dull moment.

While most of us would never entertain the thought of opening a farm, the lessons of perseverance and finding clever solutions in the film is of value to all. I’m glad I brought my teenage sons to the film.

Visit www.thebiggestlittlefarmmovie.com for showtimes at local theaters. Highly recommended!

Learn more about Apricot Lane Farms at www.apricotlanefarms.com. Their produce, meat, eggs and products are available at the Thousand Oaks Farmers’ Market and Calabasas Farmers’ Market, as well as at the Erewhon store in Calabasas.

Free and Nearly Free Movies All Summer Long Around Ventura County

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Stay cool this summer of 2019 with several hundred free and nearly free ($1 to $4) movies in and around Ventura County and surrounding areas! These movies are at local movie theaters, parks, libraries and other locations!

Agoura Hills: Kids $2 Summer Movie Series at Regency Theatres on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 am June 18 through August 8.

Camarillo: $1 Movies at Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM from June 18 to September 4.

Camarillo: Free Movies in the Park Friday nights at various Camarillo parks July 12 through August 16.

Malibu: CineMalibu Summer Movies at Malibu City Hall on 7/20 and at Malibu Bluffs Park 8/17, 9/14 and 10/19.

Moorpark Free Movies in the Park on 6/22, 7/20 and 8/17 at three different parks.

Oxnard: Summer Movie Clubhouse at Century Riverpark 16 - 10 films for $5 or $1 per show on Monday mornings at 9:45 am starting June 17 through August 19.

Santa Barbara: Free Outdoor Family Movies on Friday nights at the Santa Barbara Courthouse July 5 to August 23.

Simi Valley: $1 Movies at Regal Civic Center Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM from June 11 to September 4.

Simi Valley: Outdoor Movies (free) and "Dive In" Movies ($3) hosted by the Rancho Simi Rec & Park District in June, July and August.

Simi Valley: Studio Movie Grill at the Simi Valley Town Center is offering up $1 Children's Summer Movies every weekday of the week starting June 10 through August 9.

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park Libraries host free movie screenings on various dates

Thousand Oaks: $1 Movies at Regal Janss Marketplace on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30am, June 11 to September 4.

Ventura: Kids $2 Summer Movie Series at Regency Theatres on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 8 weeks, from June 18 through August 8 at 10:30 am.

Westlake Village: Free screening of Moana on July 27th at Berniece Bennett Park

Westlake Village: Summer Kids’ Movie Series at Cinepolis at The Promenade at Westlake mid-June to mid-August.

Woodland Hills: Movies on the Green at Warner Ranch Park on five Saturday nights from July 20 to August 17.

Movies/dates subject to change. Contact organizers to confirm.

AND HOW ABOUT FREE CONCERTS IN AND AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

Muvico Brand is No More in Thousand Oaks After Placement of AMC Signs

Muvico Theater at The Oaks Shopping Mall in Thousand Oaks opened its doors on February 27, 2009.

Four and a half years later, Carmike Cinemas purchased nine Muvico theaters in Florida, Illinois and California, including the Thousand Oaks Muvico. However, Carmike did not re-brand the Conejo Valley based Muvico as it continued to operate as Muvico.

On November 15, 2016, Carmike announced it was purchased by AMC Theatres. The merger was completed on December 20, 2016

While the theatre promptly changed its online branding to AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14, the iconic Muvico sign continued to be prominently displayed. Until now.

The Muvico signs are finally gone.

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The Paramount Vault on YouTube Showcases Over 100 Free Full-Length Films

If you're looking for another source for free entertainment on the Internet, check out The Paramount Vault on YouTube at youtube.com/c/paramountvault. There are hundreds of full-length films and snippets covering a wide range of cinematic history. There is no cost. You will encounter some ads from time to time but for the most part the quality is great!

Here's a summary of some of the full-length films the Vault has to offer:

"Classics"

  • The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) starring Charles Coburn, Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings and Edmund Gwenn
  • Come Blow Your Horn (1963) starring Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb, Jill St. John, Barbara Rush and Molly Picon
  • The Mountain (1956) starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Claire Trevor, William Demarest and Barbara Darrow
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Roman Bohnen, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas and others
  • The Errand Boy (1961) starring Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Howard McNear, Dick Wesson, Robert Ivers and others

Action/Adventure

  • Masters of the Universe (1987) starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox Arquette and others
  • American Ninja (1985) starring Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson and others
  • There Goes the Neighborhood (1992) starring Jeff Daniels, Jonathan Banks, Dabney Coleman, Hector Elizondo, Judith Ivey, Catherine O'Hara, Rhea Perlman
  • Here Comes the Groom (1951) starring Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone, James Barton
  • Escape From Zahrain (1962) starring Yul Brynner, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, Madlyn Rhue, Anthony Caruso, Jay Novello

Comedy

  • The Man Who Wasn't There (1983) starring Steve Guttenberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Lisa Langlois, Art Hindle, Morgan Hart, Edwin Adams
  • Riding High (1950) starring Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, Frances Gifford, Raymond Walburn
  • Margot at the Wedding (2007) starring Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Turturro, Flora Cross, Ashlie Atkinson
  • Funny About Love (1990) starring Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti, Mary Stuart Masterson and others
  • Dear Brat (1951) starring Mona Freeman, Billy De Wolfe, Edward Arnold
  • The Stooge (1953) starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen and others

Drama

  • Ironweed (1987) starring Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora
  • Hamlet (1990) starring Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates and others
  • Dark City (1950) starring Charlton Heston, Dean Jagger, Lizabeth Scott
  • King Creole (1958) starring Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger
  • Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) starring Jerry Lewis, Dina Merrill and others

Western

"Don't call me Shirley." - Airplane

Studio Movie Grill at the Simi Valley Town Center Makes a Great First Impression

Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley opened its doors to the public tonight at the Simi Valley Town Center and I got to check it out!

The theater is located on the east side of the mall behind the new Buffalo Wild Wings. It is beautiful both inside and out.

There are nine screens in the facility with varying sizes and over 950 seats in total.

The stadium style seats look a bit airline-ish but were surprisingly comfortable and supportive and the serving trays pivot for comfort. Tons of leg room too!

The stadium style seats look a bit airline-ish but were surprisingly comfortable and supportive and the serving trays pivot for comfort. Tons of leg room too!

When I first saw the seats I thought they didn't look very comfortable. But when I sat down, I realized I was wrong.  I usually squirm in movie chairs with my aging hamstrings, but these chairs were very supportive. I also noticed they don't seem to recline too much, but that was also a non-issue for me during the movie.

Each of the stadium style seats have trays and buttons to press for food service. Pretty darn efficient. I ordered a blended margarita and it was excellent.  A movie with a margarita, chicken nachos, tasty flatbread, burgers and more.  Everything we tried tasted great!

There's a special deal on the menu; $25 for 1 appetizer and two entrees. The price seemed pretty fair to me for the solid quality.

Enjoying a blended Cadillac margarita at the show. Plenty of mixed drinks, beer and wine available at the press of a button.

Enjoying a blended Cadillac margarita at the show. Plenty of mixed drinks, beer and wine available at the press of a button.

The trays can be maneuvered around to be closer or farther away from you, which was a nice convenience you don't find on, say airline seats. I was also impressed by the extraordinary leg room/distance between rows, allowing for attendants to scoot by without you having to scrunch up into your chair.

There's also a full bar and eating area in the front of the theater. A bit on the loud side in there but it was really buzzing!

My initial assessment is that the Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley will be very successful. Reasonably priced, great service, tasty food, full bar, nicely appointed and comfortable. Larn more and buy tickets at www.studiomoviegrill.com.

There are some special offers next week highlighted HERE.

Beach Scene in McFarland, U.S.A. Filmed at Sycamore Cove Beach, Point Mugu State Park

McFarland U.S.A. is a great "feel good" movie about a coach who leads the cross country team from McFarland High School to win the inaugural California state championship in 1987. The film, starring Kevin Costner as coach Jim White, is based on a true story. The film premiered on February 20th. My kids and I saw the movie today in Thousand Oaks and we unanimously agreed it was outstanding.

McFarland is a small town in Kern County, 25 miles north of Bakersfield (and 145 miles north of the Conejo Valley). There is a scene in the film where Coach White surprises the kids by diverting them to a beach after a successful cross country meet. This was a special moment for the kids, because none of them had ever seen the ocean. The first several minutes of the following video shows some behind the scenes footage from that scene.

If the beach scene looks familiar, it should be. It was filmed at Sycamore Cove Beach at Point Mugu State Park. The Sycamore Cove PCH bridge crossing seen in the background made this quite clear. Sycamore Cove is only an eight mile walk, ride or hike from Newbury Park via Sycamore Canyon. According to this website, the actual beach visited by the team was near Morro Bay.

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Sycamore Cove Beach looking west towards PCH and the bridge

Sycamore Cove Beach looking west towards PCH and the bridge

The PCH bridge that connects Sycamore Cove Beach with Sycamore Canyon Campground

The PCH bridge that connects Sycamore Cove Beach with Sycamore Canyon Campground

The Pacific Ocean, seen from Sycamore Cove Beach

The Pacific Ocean, seen from Sycamore Cove Beach

Learn more about McFarland, U.S.A. at movies.disney.com/mcfarland-usa.

The Despicablimp Was Seen Flying Through the Conejo Valley Today

There was an unusual looking blimp flying through the skies of the Conejo Valley and other parts of Ventura County this afternoon. Darts Promoter L. David Irete captured the excitement at 3:45 p.m. as it approached the Conejo Grade.

With a little research, we learned this was the Despicablimp...on a nationwide publicity tour for the opening of Despicable Me 2 on July 3rd. Pretty clever publicity stunt...certainly got me writing about it! Learn more at www.despicablimp.com. How about a closer look:

Learn more about the making of the Despicablimp from Steve Carrell in this short video.