A big thanks to Showcase participants and attendees
Winners and nominees—23 of them— rocked over a thousand attendees at five venues on March 24, 2018. It was a blast and we’ll see you at next year’s shindig. Here for posterity (and your browsing pleasure) are the winners and runners-up.
Winterbottom and Coogan pull back the sheets on one man’s very British empire of smut
By Devin D. O’Leary
In the retro-sleazy biopicThe Look of Love, British comedian/actor Steve Coogan and fellow countryman/director Michael Winterbottom reunite for the fourth time following 2002’s 24 Hour Party People, 2005’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and 2010’s The Trip. The boys have obviously found colorful inspiration in the life of real-life London sex merchant Paul Raymond, but their enthusiasm for the subject doesn’t always translate into compelling drama.
The White Sands International Film Festival[xurl] returns to sunny Las Cruces on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with another four days’ worth of cinematic discoveries. This year’s highlights include: a lifetime achievement award for guest of honor Lou Diamond Phillips, the world premiere of the locally shot comedy Roswell FM and one of those increasingly popular “48-hour film” competitions.
Summer is the traditional time when networks, unwilling to waste money broadcasting new shows, turn a hopeful eye to our northern borders. Normally the US is content to ignore Canada. But in summertime American networks are desperate for something other than the third rerun of a “Modern Family” episode. The solution: In addition to being a cheap source of prescription drugs for Michigan’s elderly, Canada is also a fine source for inexpensive television filler.
Don't get me wrong: I dig the Handsome Family, but my true fandom rests with author Rennie Sparks. Her lyrics and essays walk the fine line between extemporaneous storytelling and preternatural, elegant deconstruction.
Bubonicon 45 gets underway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The long-running sci-fi convention will feature art, gaming, lectures and parties—plenty to keep the Star Wars, “Star Trek” and Game of Thrones-loving fans of Albuquerque busy.
The fact that the vast majority of “reality” TV shows feature very little that could be considered “real” shouldn’t come as much of a revelation to viewers. Faking reality is a full-time business in Hollywood.
An interview with prolific B-movie maker Albert Pyun
By Devin D. O’Leary
Starting with his first feature, 1982’s late-night cable TV staple The Sword and The Sorcerer, Albert Pyun established himself as one of the B-movie kings of Hollywood. Now he’s touring the country with Road to Hell, an unofficial sequel to Walter Hill’s 1984 urban fantasy cult film Streets of Fire.
Our annual back-to-school survival guide offers guidance for students of all stripes, in a variety of subjects: academic, cultural, gastronomic and historical geography; transportation planning; survival strategy; and biology, with a focus on local fauna.
Reelz is doing its damnedest to one-up Syfy in the cheap sci-fi disaster movie field. Recent stuff like Ring of Fire and CAT. 8 have proven Reelz is committed to the genre. Now comesDelete, which further hammers home the “we’re all going to die” point.