Jun 21 - 27, 2007 

Reel World

By Devin D. O’Leary

Music + MoviesSol Arts is accepting submissions from musicians and bands for a film/music performance concept. Chosen bands will perform live in Sol Arts’ backyard while their film is projected for an assembled “drive-in” audience. Films may be shorts, features or favorite excerpts. You can submit your concept via e-mail to solartabq@gmail.com. Be sure to include the following: name and contact number, information about your music and a description of the film including length. Performances will take place over four nights in July. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 22.

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“Are you sure The Village People started this way?”

Film Review

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Surfer rides high in slapstick superhero flick

By Devin D. O’Leary

If you’re going to put the word “fantastic” right there in your titlebe it a book, a film, a record or whateveryou should probably produce something fantastic. Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for some serious criticism. Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Band” album? Hey, fantastic! Fantastic Voyage? It had Raquel Welch in a skintight wet suit, what more can you say? The Fantasticks? It ran for 17,162 performances Off-Broadwayfantastic in anybody’s book.

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Check out John’s “I’m going crazy” face.

Film Review

1408

$1.99 local phone calls? Now that’s scary.

By Devin D. O’Leary

Not a lot of people are familiar with S.B. 619, a bill rushed through the California state legislature in the early ’80s and signed into law by then governor Jerry Brown. The law stated simply that each and every short story or novel penned by Stephen King must be turned into a movie before the author’s death. Hollywood has done its best to abide by this tough law, producing something north of 100 features, short films, miniseries and television shows based on his original material. The problem is that King just keeps writing, making it harder and harder for the movie industry to keep up.

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Idiot Box

Surf or Die

“John from Cincinnati” on HBO

By Devin D. O’Leary

Have you ever liked something simply because you were so confused by it that you felt like not liking it would expose you as a dumb person? “John from Cincinnati” isn’t quite like that. But it might as well be. I’ve reserved judgment on the new Sunday night HBO drama for at least the first couple episodes, trying to get a handle on it. I’m fairly confident now that I won’t ever get a sold grip on this thing. But I’m thinking I might like it. Even if I’m not quite sure why.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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