The Rabbi’s Cat
Arabesque animated fable offers a feline’s take on Middle Eastern religion
From the very first frames, viewers can tell the adult-oriented French cartoon The Rabbi’s Cat is going to feature some lovely, bright animation and an exotic setting. That’s almost but not quite enough to leaven a muddled story that requires a bit too much contemplation. The film is based on the work of French comic book artist Joann Sfar, who wrote and directed the lavishly animated, mostly successful biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Sfar co-writes and co-directs The Rabbi’s Cat, ensuring the artist’s vision is, for better or worse, fully preserved.
Reel WorldThe Sun Never Sets, a documentary about a weekly paper in Española, N.M., plays Saturday, Feb. 9, at Guild Cinema. Albuquerque Film Club hosts their next screening Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Word is that Oscar host Seth MacFarlane (creator of “Family Guy”) will be shooting his next feature film (following the mega-successful Ted) right here in New Mexico.
Best & Worst Super Bowl Commercials
A blackout, an army of Beyoncés and an intentional safety: Super Bowl XLVII may have been the first Super Bowl in a long time that was more interesting than the multi-million-dollar commercials surrounding it. In fact, this year’s ads weren’t a very standout collection, consisting of mostly rehashed and underwhelming entries. What’s the point of spending millions on a 30-second spot if people aren’t going to be buzzing about it the next day?
Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.