Adult Anime—Albuquerque's Explora Science Museum has been running its “Jump to Japan” exhibit for a month now. The exhibit concentrates on the Japanese arts of anime and manga (cartoons and comic books). On Thursday, Nov. 11, the museum will host its first-ever “adults night.” Beginning at 7 p.m., the museum's theater will screen a collection of popular Japanese animated films, shorts and TV shows aimed at older teens and adults. Alibi film editor Devin D. O'Leary (yup, that's me) will be on hand to introduce the films and provide a little insight into the world of anime. This evening should be a fine introduction for people intrigued by this brave new world of animated entertainment. The Explora Museum is located at 1701 Mountain NW. Phone 224-8300 for more information.
Wild Films—Join Forest Guardians on Saturday, Nov. 13, for a screening/discussion of two powerful documentary films about the fate of wildlife on public lands in the West. Varmints and Killing Coyote both focus on the strained relationship between people and wildlife in the contemporary American West. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center (202 Harvard SE). A suggested $5 donation gets you in the door.
Coming Soon—So now that we've read Alibi's big Holiday Film Guide 2004, what do we have to look forward to in 2005? Casting our crystal ball ahead to next Christmas, we've already got some pretty entertaining looking films lined up. Here's what we'll most likely be talking about in our Holiday Film Guide 2005. ... The next installment of the hugely popular Harry Potter series will be completed. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will hit theaters shortly before Thanksgiving 2005. Terry Gilliam's long-awaited Brothers Grimm with Matt Damon and Robin Williams comes out about the same time. Pixar Animation's next offering, the computer-animated Cars (teaser trailers for which were attached to The Incredibles) is scheduled for next November as well. The big screen version of Broadway hit Rent (recently skewered in Team America: World Police) dances its way onto the big screen in the final few months of 2005. With The Lord of the Rings out of the way, we need another epic fantasy series to keep us on our toes. C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia goes live-action next Christmas with the first book in the series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Mel Brooks' The Producers, which started out life as a movie and became a hit Broadway musical, is going back to movie screens. Brooks will now direct a musical film version starring Broadway babies Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. Finally, in the wake of the aforementioned Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson's big budget remake of King Kong has to rate as one of the most anticipated films of next year's holiday season. Log on to Fandango and get your tickets now.