Get Your Chones On!--On Thursday, Aug. 10, the Yale Art Center will host its second “Thursday Night Chones,” an open-sheet screening of local short films/videos. Come see the work of Albuquerque’s talented local motion picture artists and meet people in the field of film. Thursday Night Chones takes place on the second Thursday of every month. For more info, log on to www.yaleartcenter.org. Yale Art Center is located at 1001 Yale SE.
The Stars and Stripes of Oliver Stone
An interview with the director of World Trade Center
It’s been a long, hot summer filled with heatwaves, monsoons and that pesky war in the Middle East. But Oliver Stone is sitting in a hotel room in Seattle looking surprisingly comfortable. Following one of his most high-profile failures (Alexander), Stone is about to shepherd the release of what looks to be his most controversial film to date, a real-life examination of the events surrounding 9/11. And yet, the famously contentious filmmaker is at ease, cheerfully answering questions about his successes and his shortcomings. What gives?
World Trade Center
Oliver Stone looks back, not in anger
When Paul Greengrass' 9/11-inspired film United 97 hit theaters earlier this year, many moviegoers asked the question, “Are we ready for this?” People wondered if, as a nation, we were ready to confront that tragic day head-on. Given the relatively positive response the film received, the answer seems to be, “Maybe.” But now comes Oliver Stone’s high-profile tackling of that delicate day, World Trade Center. And, again, the question is being raised: “Are we ready for this?” Having seen and digested the film, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that’s the wrong question to be asking.
If It’s Too Loud, You’re Too Old
“Metalocalypse” on Cartoon Network
The way I see it, Cartoon Network’s Sunday night showcase of mature-minded cartoons--known far and wide as Adult Swim--is something akin to Bell Labs in the ’60s. It’s sort of an experimental haven in which radical new ideas are carried out--sometimes with disastrous results, sometimes with earth-shattering import. You never know what will result from this mad tinkering, but occasionally you end up with a carbon dioxide laser ... or an episode of “The Venture Brothers.”
The Week in Sloth
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (Sci-Fi 9 p.m.) While this direct-to-video sequel to the 2000 theatrical bomb sticks a bit more faithfully to the rules of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons as laid out by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, it must be noted that the cast features not a single member of the Wayans family. I mean, the $15 million budget on this one wasn’t enough to lure Marlon Wayans back. But you’d think they could have got a lesser Wayans. Hell, Kim Wayans ain’t exactly busy these days.