We Have Winners!
In our Super Summer Film Guide, we asked readers to submit their best “high concept” film suggestions at alibi.com. We thumbed through the entries to find the most ridiculous “Hollywood summer blockbuster” film pitches you folks were able to compose in a single sentence. Our first-place winner (scoring 15 free passes to a Regal Cinema theater) is Dominic Wingfield for Oh God, I Love You. In it, “Suzie Fungirl (Julia Roberts) is killed in a car accident, and on entering Heaven, falls in love with God (Owen Wilson), and has to convince him that, although he may love everybody, she is something special.” Second place (10 free passes) goes to Clay Beckner for Elizaborg. “In a last-ditch effort to restore the relevance of the British monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) is transformed into a svelte, robotic, time-traveling killing machine (Angelina Jolie), who hunts down critics of extravagant royal pageantry throughout history, along the way teaming up with (or supplanting) other royal figures such as Elizabeth I (Judi Dench), Henry VIII (Zach Galifianakis) and Prince Charles (Paul Reubens).” Todd Quinn locks down third place (five film passes) with The Saturday Morning. “After leaving his wild bachelor party in Las Vegas early, thirtysomething Tom wakes early on Saturday (after eight hours of sleep), goes for a run, has a quiet breakfast alone, and calls his fiancée.”
Following its lavish grand reopening, the KiMo Theatre is returning to its roots as a movie theater. At least occasionally. Starting this Friday, June 17, the venue will launch “Friday Night Features.” This ongoing summer cinema series lands every Friday at 8 p.m., starting with the Paul Giamatti / Dustin Hoffman drama Barney’s Version. July 1 through Aug. 12 will bring other recent indie films like Get Low, GasLand and Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
Show up again on Saturday, June 18, and you’ll catch the start of the KiMo’s Charlie Chaplin Film Festival. At 4 and 7 p.m., we get a trio of classic Chaplin shorts, including “Sunnyside,” “Idle Class” and “Pay Day.” Future dates (June 25 through Aug. 16) will include other Chaplin faves, such as The Kid, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times and Limelight. Log on to the new kimotickets.com to reserve your seats.
Cowboy Movie Matinee
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (slated to take place in mid-October) is partnering with Santa Fe’s annual Buckaroo Ball charity celebration to present a special pre-fest film event at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. put on your cowboy hats for a special screening of the 1939 Gene Autry classic South of the Border, followed by 1953’s Calamity Jane starring Doris Day. This Western movie double feature at Warehouse 21 is free to the public. All ages are welcome.