Alibi Midnight Movie Madness is back at Guild Cinema for some awesome martial arts entertainment. Stephen Chow, king of the kung fu comedy (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer), contributes this crazed “prequel” to the classic myth of the Monkey King. The film finds a naive young priest named Tang Sanzang (Zhang Wen) trying to save a small village from a trio of troublesome demons. He gets a little assistance in the form of a sexy female demon hunter played by Qi Shu. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons was the highest-grossing film in China last year. Here’s your chance to check it out in all its over-the-top glory. It shows at 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday. As always Stranger Factory will be there giving out doorprizes. Tickets are $8 general, $6 students.
The Sin Fronteras Festival is running Friday and Saturday at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. There, you can catch an incredible collection of seven feature films (documentaries, dramas, comedies, thrillers and more) from south of the border—all of them free and open to the public. In addition to the regular lineup, Alibi Midnight Movie Madness has teamed up with the organizers of Sin Fronteras to bring in a special Spanish-language selection this weekend. From Argentina, it’s the supernatural shocker Memoria del Muerte (Memory of the Dead). The film screens Friday and Saturday night at 11pm, after the regular festival. Tickets are $8 general admission or $6 students. Check out the trailer. It’s subtitled!
In the mood for something a bit artsy and altogether local?
Kamiomedia recently released a short media production titled “UNM @ Night.” The short spotlights a variety of beautiful scenes on Albuquerque’s favorite campus—sorry CNM Suncats, but I’m a Lobo—from within the mantle of midnight.
The Kamiomedia video team—Kyle Maier, Amie Gibson and Rico Ramirez—captured images reminiscent of a light show. In some instances, the filmmakers demonstrate their creative expertise by highlighting the glowing colors of campus with special effects like a fisheye lens and slow motion. And nearly all Kamiomedia productions feature original music by the trio themselves. This brief cinematic outing is only one example among many works by the visual and musical artistic collective.
Sometimes I fail to fully appreciate the beauty of my own campus, and this short film gave me a fresh appreciation for UNM's eclectic visual landscape—natural fall color juxtaposed with bright neon. If you have three minutes to spare, check it out below.
"UNM @ Night"
Speaking of UNM and short films, swing by the Southwest Film Center—located in the Student Union Building—on Nov. 9 for the second annual UNM Student Film Festival—where more sublime cinematic treats await you.
If you grew up on the splatterific ’80s films of Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Frankenhooker) and Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles) or if you just like your horror flavored with a healthy dose of comedy, you need to get to the Guild Cinema this weekend for the painfully funny Bad Milo! Check out the trailer to see what you’ll be getting yourself into. Alibi’s Midnight Movie Madness screenings will get underway Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm. There will even be doorprizes courtesy of Stranger Factory. Tickets are $8 general admission and $6 students w/ID.
October is fast approaching, and we’re already in a Halloween mood. Starting this weekend, we’re unleashing a whole host of horror flicks at Alibi Midnight Movie Madness. Stop by the Guild Cinema this weekend to check out the extreme horror anthology V/H/S/2. Directed by the people who gave us The Raid, Hobo With a Shotgun, Who’s Next? and The Blair Witch Project, this collection of four horror shorts will have you screaming, flinching and hopefully curled up in a whimpering ball on the theater floor. Check out the trailer ... if you dare. V/H/S/2 will screen at 10:30pm this Friday and Saturday night.
via People Before Profits Film Series’ Facebook page
UNM is, unfailingly, full of hidden gems—those thought-provoking spray-painted works of art behind random pillars on campus, the Beatles music course students can take for upper division credit, Eli's burger sauce at the newest restaurant in the Student Union Building. There’s always something new to discover as a regular wanderer of the campus I call home. And today I stumbled upon another: the People Before Profit film series, which happens every Monday in the SUB Theater.
This fall marks the sixth semester in which UNM's peace studies program and Students Organizing Actions for Peace will have hosted the film series. Begun as an internship for a peace studies student, People Before Profit aims to raise awareness about social issues and encourage students to think and talk about these problems. Long after its commencement, the event is still going strong.
Encouraging respectful, responsive discourse, the series is still facilitated by UNM students and professors, but it’s now open to the community—and free. Previously it brought films like Salt of the Earth, Genetic Chile and An Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and it continues to bring up topics such as war and gay rights. Last night, PBP screened Gus van Sant’s popular 2008 Harvey Milk biopic Milk.
The PBP series is essentially a free course about events and trends that, at some point, will affect us all. With recent, rattling terrorist attacks on Kenya and Pakistan, and the always active social and environmental justice climates, I can't think of many better ways to spend a free Monday night. Catch it every Monday at 7pm in UNM's SUB Theater.
You might know Paul Thomas Anderson's work, from Boogie Nights to Magnolia to There Will Be Blood. Let's pause right there because I have to give a small shout-out to the latter, which I consider to be Anderson's masterpiece. From the elaborate landscapes to Jonny Greenwood’s sinister score to Daniel Day-Lewis' thrilling performance as oil man Daniel Plainview, the movie marked a new turn for Anderson, showing that while his artistic eye can hone in on masterful shots with specific detail, he can also take on grand ideas with the gusto of a man who has a firm handle on his craft. And who can forget the “I drink your milkshake” scene. Fantastic stuff.
Several blogs are thrilled at the possibility that famed singer/songwriter/harpist Joanna Newsom may be making an appearance in Anderson's upcoming flick, Inherent Vice, based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon. AsThe Playlist states, production of the film has been kept tightly under wraps, so the only way news sources have been able to verify the cast is by capturing photos of them on set. And snapshots of Newsomhave surfaced. Other confirmed cast members include Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jena Malone and Reese Witherspoon.
Although it’s pure speculation at this point, it would be pretty exciting for Newsom to be in a feature film; she has already made her mark in the music world, releasing three fantastic records, including the incredible Ys, but she's started popping up in other places, including a guest spot on “Portlandia,” playing a busy mother in MGMT's music video for “Kids,” and appearing on “7 Minutes in Heaven” with Mike O'Brien. The last thing we saw from P.T. Anderson was last year’s The Master. While that film was an excellent addition to Anderson's already impressive cinematic portfolio, here's hoping the next one tops it.
Joanna Newsom on “7 Minutes in Heaven” with Mike O’Brien
Sunday, July 21, 2013. That’s the day I met my brother at the Winrock 6 to see Pacific Rim in 3-D. Not to ruin the movie for you or anything, but Pacific Rim is about giant robots fighting giant reptilian monsters, and 3-D movies are about making everything look like a View-Master while giving you a low-grade headache.
It was great seeing a monster movie with my brother. But it was a bittersweet monster movie when Jade, the popcorn scooper, informed me that we were catching it on the very last day of business for the Winrock 6.
I liked the Winrock 6. In fact I prefered the Winrock 6 to many other theaters—not only because it was closest to my house, and not only because I had seen tons of movies there with my wife and kids over the past 20 years, but also because it was one of the only theaters left in town with a quaint Mom and Pop feel to it. Sure, it had six screens and was affiliated with a gigantic corporate string of Regal Entertainment theaters, but still felt small, and it still felt Albuquerque. And Albuquerque lost a little chunk of Albuquerque that day.
The Winrock 6 employees aren’t just being kicked onto the streets, Jade assured me. They’ll all be assimilated into shifts at other affiliated theaters in town. So, that’s nice to know.
A giant mega-plex theater is under construction in the parking lot just to the south, and it, too, will be closer to my house than all the other theaters. But it won’t be open until December. And things will, as always and once again, never be the same.
If you like your vampires sexy, bloody and entirely without sparkle, come on by Alibi Midnight Movie Madness this weekend for a bracing bite of old-school erotic horror courtesty of Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Vampire. The film, a modern-day tribute to the Euro-style films of Jean Rollin (Lips of Blood, The Nude Vampire) and Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, A Virgin Among the Living Dead), will screen at 10 p.m. and midnight this Friday and Saturday at Guild Cinema. Stranger Factory will be there handing out door prizes. Get on over there and get your tickets, vampire lovers!
The recent remake of Evil Dead was gory as hell, but largely pointless. After all, filmmaker Sam Raimi already remade Evil Dead. It was called Evil Dead II, and it was awesome. Join Alibi at Guild Cinema this Friday and Saturday night at 10:15 and midnight for a 35mm screening of the one, the only, the original EvilDead II: Dead By Dawn. Tickets are $6 students and $8 general. There will be doorprizes from Stranger Factory and a special, limited-edition poster release courtesy of local artists Soto and Jon Sanchez. Posters will be for sale in the theater lobby, and we’ll be giving one away each screening. Be there or be dead.